All Out

All Out

A Father And Son Confront The Hard Truths That Made Them Better Men

Book - 2015
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"Can a man with a demanding job really be a good father? A bracingly honest answer from Canadian journalist and television news anchor Kevin Newman and his grown son, Alex. Their memoir is a touching meditation on ambition, absence and family. Kevin Newman wanted to be a family man in an era when fathers are expected to be more engaged than ever before; he also wanted to reach the top of a profession that demands 24/7 commitment. The higher he climbed, the more irreconcilable those aspirations seemed. Meanwhile, his artistic, solitary son, Alex, was wrestling with his own competing ambitions: to be the sporty, popular son his dad wanted, and to be true to himself. Paradoxically, their attempts to live up to expectations--their own, and each other's--were driving them apart. Then, two parallel identity crises forced a reckoning. Kevin reached the summit of American network television, in 1998 for a short time becoming co-host of Good Morning America--where he was instructed to develop a "quarterback" persona and change his accent, mannerisms, personality, hairstyle and everything else. At the same time, Alex was realizing he was gay, but frantically trying to mask and change that fact. Both felt like failures and hungered for one another's approval, but didn't know how to bridge their differences. A decade later, in alternating chapters, father and son retrace their steps (and missteps) towards reinventing their relationship and becoming one another's role models for what it means to be a man in our culture. A moving chronicle of all the ways that fathers and sons misunderstand and disappoint one another--and a powerful reminder that they can become closer not despite their differences, but because of them. From 2001 to 2010, Kevin Newman was the chief anchor of Global TV National News. In August 2012, he became the host of CTV's Question Period and correspondent for the CTV investigative news program W5"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2015.
ISBN: 9780345813879
Characteristics: 293 p. ; illus. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Newman, Alex 1986-

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