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Book Review of Self Made Man by Nora Roberts

Updated on September 27, 2011

Question for the women here! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live a day as a man? To not have any restrictions on where you can go and when you can go. To be able to walk down the street and look other guys in the eye as an unspoken equal, without having them check out your assets?

Well Nora Roberts tries to answer that question by disguising herself as a man for a year.An investigative journalist by profession and a lesbian by choice, she would make most people uncomfortable. But I suppose to undertake the kind of task she has given herself, it would have to be an extraordinary women to do it. So what exactly did she do? She had professionals help her disguise herself as a man and then went ahead and invaded the world of men. All of which is chronicled in her book.

She joins a bowling group and befriends the team members. She joins a Red Bull sales team and does door to door marketing sales as a man. She goes to a strip club with a friend and gets shocked. She lives in a monastery to see what an all male living environment would be like. She even goes for a self improvement class for men to deal with their emotions.

Sounds like fun? Not really, as Nora Roberts ended up having a nervous break down in the end and decides to kiss Ned, the male goodbye. What she did discover is that most men are trapped by their emotions. While us females can yell and cry and hug and kiss and not be though of as crazy, the same is not true for men. Even when they want to hug a dear friend they have to think ten times before acting on that impulse.

It gave me a good insight into the pressures that a man faces even in our civilized world. It also made me want to go and hug my hubby, which did surprise him! The setting is a little difficult to take as its very American, but the human issues are universal. Worth reading if you can get your hands on it.


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    • larry71 profile image


      7 years ago from Illinois

      I'll see if I can't pick it up and give it a read. Always up for something new.

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from India

      I'm not sure what her mental state was, but it was sure quite an experiment for her to take on. Plus it did make interesting reading

    • larry71 profile image


      7 years ago from Illinois

      interesting. I'm curious as to what caused her breakdown. It would seem to me in a way she was seeking relations with men she doesn't want. Why would a lesbian who clearly doesn't want male interaction chose to disguise herself as one and live as one? Perhaps all the deceptions became confusing. To imagine a lesbian woman disguised as a man, I'm assuming a "straight" man may be approached by a straight woman for relations. How complicated would that be? She would blow her disguise. Perhap the complexities of this exact thing is what caused her mental and emotional stress to the point of the break down. I would understand that.

      voting interesting and up


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