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Publisher's Summary

Comedian Kate Willett was married to a woman and thought she'd never have to deal with men again. That is, until she found herself dumped, suddenly single, and mystifyingly...mostly attracted to dudes. Like any good comic, she was inspired to investigate, and thus ensued her hilarious, sometimes high-stakes personal research into the world of men, culminating in a beautiful, difficult romance. Featuring insightful interviews with comics and experts like W. Kamau Bell, Margaret Cho, Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, and Kate’s dad and close friends, this exploration of modern masculinity delves into how to be a good guy and how to be in love with one...and when that isn’t quite enough.                  

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About the Creator and Performer

Kate Willett is a comedian, actress, and writer whose raunchy feminist storytelling is both smart and relatable. She made her network debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Her 15-minute special became available on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup in 2018. She’s the cohost of the political comedy podcast Reply Guys.
Willett has been a correspondent for The Jim Jefferies Show at Politicon and a featured comic on Viceland’s Flophouse. Her appearance on Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening was on Splitsider’s list of Best Late Night Standup Sets. She toured with Margaret Cho nationally and internationally and has featured with comedians like Kyle Kinane, Maria Bamford, and Greg Behrendt.
She has appeared in the Just for Laughs Montreal comedy festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, Laughing Skull Festival, Big Sky Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest (seven years in a row), and most recently High Plains. She was a Comic to Watch at the Riot LA comedy festival.

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So funny and thought provoking

My partner and I listened to this on a long drive, and it was just what we needed. There were so many moments that had both of us cracking up, and many moments that prompted us to press pause to dig deeper into sharing our own thoughts on masculinity, feminism and politics. I also loved learning about Kate’s life — she’s a great storyteller.

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Love Kate!

Interesting story! Was fun going through Het 101 but I'm not changing majors :) Assuming we have a civil society in the future, Kate I hope you do some West coast shows! Also addicted to Reply Guys so I guess that makes me a fan xo

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Very confused

I was a 100 percent enjoying this book, until she states. "Capitalism and her parents are to blame for a bad sex experience with someone she, loved".
No, your choices, your consequences led to that!

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Old guys can get it too

Thanks Kate, This was funny and heartbreaking. Sometimes it just takes a long time to work out the kinks from our childhood.
From a 68 yr old white male boomer.
If you are enlightened at all, listen to this all the way through.

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a multifaceted examination of masculinity

This book gracefully blends essays, interviews, comedy and tragedy into a look at modern men

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Expected something offbeat but got so much more...

This is a great listen with some exceptional insights. I picked this as I needed a diversion and thought a different perspective than I would normally pursue would be fun. However, I found this to be an honest look into the world today, a great eye opening bio, and something I really pondered philosophically in my own life on many levels but even more so as it applies to my daughters. Although the author was self deprecatory about the effort, I think she produced an exceptional and meaningful work that should resonate with a broad audience.

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Brilliant, poignant, hilarious: worth listening to!

The author covers so much ground in this deeply relevant and moving work, which feels like part memoir and part podcast, with a sprinkle of hilarious stand-up, apt political commentary, and astute life advice, all revolving primarily around the question, “what is ‘healthy masculinity’?” I felt seen by her vignettes of life under the patriarchy (and life in the Bay Area!), and profoundly grateful for her vulnerability in sharing her personal experiences with grief, love, sex, sexuality, and relationships of all kinds.
In addition to the formidable comedic and writing talent of the author, this production deserves appreciation for the depth of emotional labor that clearly went into it. I look forward to checking out the rest of Kate Willett’s work!

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Loved This Book!!!

Kate talks about modern masculinity in a hilarious and personal way, really pushing the medium by including several mini-interviews and clips of her own stand-up. This book is smart and funny, full of compassion and insight!

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Mostly sad narration of her life

Started as comedy, but mostly grievances about her sad life. I ended skipping most of it after the first hour. No comedy here, but the sadness between shows, and admittedly armchair psychology about dysfunctional social roles.

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Delightful! Kate is funny, authentic, courageous!

Kate Willet is fantastic! What a joy to listen to her audiobook! She reflects on her past using humor and the stories easily engaged me. I felt inspired by Kate's character strength. Her hilarious takes on contemporary social and political issues had me mesmerized. I learned a lot while being delightfully entertained. I loved her honesty and her courage. I loved how she shared and interviewed other significant people in her life with realness. I felt that I was brought into the orbit of Kate's personality and her life and I loved being there.

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