Walk Like a Man by Robert J. Wiersema
Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen

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There are dozens of books about the Boss, exploring every facet of his career. So what's left to say? Nothing objective, perhaps. But when it comes to music, objectivity is highly overrated. Robert Wiersema has been a Springsteen fan since he was a teenager. By most definitions, he's a fanatic: following tours to see multiple shows in a row, watching set lists develop in real time via the Internet, ordering bootlegs from shady vendors in Italy. His attachment is deeper than fandom, though: he's grown up with Springsteen's music as the soundtrack to his life, beginning with his working-class youth in rural British Columbia and continuing on through dreams of escape, falling in love, and becoming a father.

Walk Like a Man is liner notes for a mix tape, a frank and inventive blend of biography, music criticism, and memoir over the course of thirteen tracks. Like the best mix tapes, it balances joy and sorrow, laughter seasoning the dark-night-of-the-soul questions that haunt us all. Wiersema's book is the story of a man becoming a man (despite getting a little lost along the way), and of the man and the music that have accompanied him on his journey.

About Robert J. Wiersema

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Robert J. Wiersema is a bookseller and reviewer, who contributes regularly to the Vancouver Sun, the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, and numerous other newspapers. Wiersema is also the event coordinator for Bolen Books, and the author of Before I Wake and Bedtime Story, which were both national bestsellers. He lives in Victoria, B.C., with his son, Xander.
Published September 2, 2011 by Greystone Books. 210 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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He has learned the trivia, logged the miles, and memorized the little details that comes only from years of listening to sketchy bootleg recordings (I’m glad he’s not the only one who can tell what song the band will play simply by how Springsteen counts it off)—his credentials as a Springsteen d...

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In fact, when I told him I was reviewing a book about how Springsteen influenced a man’s life, my dad said 'well how old is this guy, anyway?'—a true, devoted fan, already questioning the authenticity and possible devotion of the author attempting said task.

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“I’ve strugged in the past to articulate exactly why Bruce Springsteen’s music cuts so deeply for me. Thanks to Robert Wiersema’s heartfelt book, though, I think I’m a little closer.”

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