America's Boy

America's Boy

by Wade Rouse


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Growing up in the Missouri Ozarks in the 60s and 70s, Wade Rouse was always a bit of an outsider. While some of his roughneck peers wore Wrangler jeans and had stylish crew cuts, Wade feathered his golden hair and sported a handmade leatherwork belt bearing his unfortunate childhood nickname, Wee-Pooh. Taunted by his classmates, Wade finds comfort in his offbeat but lovable family, but when a tragic motorcycle accident ends his brother's life, Wade buries his sexuality along with his brother, vowing to be the son he believes his family wants. America's Boy is Wade Rouse's bittersweet and utterly moving tale of self-denial and self-discovery, and a tender tribute to the eccentric family that carried him through it all. Wade's battle with himself— and the long road back to self-acceptance—forms the heart of America's Boy, a joyful and courageous memoir about a boy learning to embrace his own true nature.

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ISBN-13: 9780452288010
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/27/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Wade Rouse is a writer and journalist whose articles have appeared in The Chicago Reader, The St. Louis Riverfront Times and Michigan Blue magazine. A graduate of Drury College and Northwestern University, he was formerly the public relations director at one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious private schools. America's Boy is his first book.

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America's Boy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
DrDrewO More than 1 year ago
Wade Rouse's America's Boy: A Memoir provides a look at the author's life growing up in the Ozarks and the development of his identity. Rouse skillfully weaves in and out of childhood memories leaving the reader engrossed in how they each connect. Themes of inadequacy, adolescence, self-discovery, but most of all family, Rouse provides a glimpse of his journey through sexual identity and the people who gave him the strength to do so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great memoir filled with laughs, intrigue and that will move your soul while, inflating your heart, pick up this book! You won't be disappointed!
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wade Rouse's slightly better than average memoir elucidates snippets from his life growing up fat and gay in the Missouri Ozarks. He lives in an exceedingly rural community with an overwhelmingly close but loving family and therefore spends most of his life pretending he is not gay (although, as he states several times, it's quite all right to be fat). Most of the stories are humorous, such as when Wade dresses up in his mother's bikini and crowns himself "Miss Sugar Creek," and others are heartbreaking, like the entire section regarding Wade's brother's death. Rouse is an engaging and descriptive writer, and I enjoyed reading about his life. I was going to give this book a completely average review, but the final section of stories, about Wade finally coming to terms with his sexuality, completely redeem the rest of the exceedingly mediocre book.
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