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About the Ultra Manly Book Club


The Ultra Manly Book Club started with a vision.

A vision:

  • That one day we men of the world could be more educated, have deeper conversations, and connect with our fellow men.
  • That one day we could step out of the shadow of our mothers’ book clubs and proclaim that yes, we too, are intellectuals.
  • That no matter what the day, what the year, and what the movie, we could say “It was good, but the book was better”, making our dates weak in the knees from our total awesomeness.
  • Maybe one day we could be in the elevator with our boss’s boss’s boss and casually mention an idea that we got from reading the latest business book and be promoted on the spot.
  • And at last, just once, we wouldn’t look like an idiot when standing in a group of people at a killer party and shamefully having to admit, that no, I have not heard about the newest hit author’s book.

Yeah right.

We started this book club for the same reason you came to our site.  We were looking for new, good books to read.  Books suitable for our Ultra-Masculinity.

So take a look around the site.  There are book lists, reviews, blogs, and more.  You’ll see everything you need to find 1 or 100 great books to read.

We’d love for you to join us, go to the Book Club section to find out how to join.



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    I am Paul Evans, a writer and poet living in Baltimore. I am writing to tell you that my book Song of My Soul: Poems by an American Man of Color to Commemorate the 2019 Harlem Renaissance Centennial is now in Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Library. Therefore, I thought that I would at least let you know what I am doing as a black man, among others, to continue the work of the Harlem Renaissance writers, my field of academic interest.

    Were Langston Hughes, Wallace Thurman, Richard Bruce Nugent, Countee Cullen, and so many others alive today, what would they write and from where would they get the support and audience that all artists, including writers and poets, so desperately need to encourage them to continue? They would write widely and would need the ongoing support of black readers of literature especially just as they needed them during the Harlem Renaissance era.

    I am attempting to keep the spirit and work of the Harlem Renaissance alive in anticipation of its centennial in 2019.

    “In short, I am trying,” the Preface to my book reads, “—in my time and in my way—to follow in the proud tradition of American poets of color who used their literary gifts to blow freedom’s horn and to sing its songs, never, ever forgetting the many sacrifices and privations endured by our black ancestors who are now at rest.”

    Now that public and college libraries are beginning to add my book to their collections, you might be interested to know about Song of My Soul, which can be found and looked inside on Amazon. It is on other websites. Today, the book has a rather high ranking on Amazon in “The Harlem Renaissance” category of the books section.

    SOMS pays a latter-day tribute in general to all of the musicians, writers, artists, and poets of the renaissance and celebrates the gay writers and poets of the era.

    I now try to say authentically in my poems what the gay poets of the renaissance were not able to say, considering the era in which they wrote.

    Among my book’s over 350 culturally diverse poems, something for almost everyone, are gay-oriented poems such as “What’s a Black Man to Do?,” “Black Sapphos,” “I Never Kissed Langston Hughes,” “Bourbon Street Blues,” “Brother Sister,” “Callin’ Names,” “Over the Rainbow in a Closet,” “From the First Day,” “My Wife, My Mistress, and My Boyfriend,” “I Wanted Her the Way a Lesbian Would,” “Satin Skin on a Black Prince,” “The Down Low Lowdown,” “Richardo Cory,” “Brokeback Blues,” “Say Goodbye with a Kiss,” “Such a Chance Meeting of You and Me,” “Playing on the Other Team,” “The Black Man’s Manhood Burden,” and a “A Good-looking Brown-Skin Man.” On Amazon, the “used books” section does not feature the revised edition of my book, but the “new books” section does. These poems may constitute the largest number of gay-themed poems in one volume of general American poetry.

    The above poems and others are intended to offer a contemporary look at sexual and cultural expressions that always have been a part of American life, both black and white, however hidden or obscured.

    I am a former reporter and managing editor at the Baltimore Afro-American and a former columnist at The Sun. A graduate of Morgan State and Johns Hopkins universities, I have been an
    English department faculty member at colleges in Baltimore where I taught composition, American Literature, and black American Literature. I am working on another poetry book, a novel, a play, a collection of short stories, and a film script.


    Paul Evans

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  7. I’m a newbee to the literary world but I felt compelled to write abook called “The Basic Instructions Before Lovin Eve- A Young/ All Mans Guide To Understanding Women”. The book is written to help good men (especially young men raises by single mother) deal with the challenges of dating/marring in this post women era. I do this by dispelling the myths of male violence against women as well as others by using actual real data to show that women are not angels but human beings and are just as capable of the same act as us men. I do this in hopes that it will help men mentally break free from this form of implicit bias. That men can do no right and women can do no wrong! I will post the Introduction of book; If you like what you have read, please go to the website(amazon) read the free page. If you like that I have a free version of my book on amazon called “Instructions A SYNOPSIS” that you can download.


    What are little boys made of?
    Snips & snails & puppy dogs tails,
    And such are little boys made of.
    What are young women made of?
    Sugar & spice & all things nice.

    Robert Southey (1820)

    This old poem describes how our society sees most men today. This idea that women can do no wrong has been echoed mostly by today’s women groups, and supported by our current family court system. With over 63% of all homes currently run by single mothers (2010 U.S. Census) it’s no surprise that young men today buy into this idea; feeling like they must control this inherent evil that lurks within despite the fact that most guys love their mothers and no man wants to be labeled a woman-beater. So men do their very best to become the nice guy society says they should be! The young man who respects his mother and truly believes all women are sugar & spice and everything nice, that’s how most mothers are so your future wife should be no different, right? Well, before you walk down that aisle or jump that broom, let’s take a look at a few statistics. According to the 2010 U.S. census, there is a 50% chance that you will be divorced within seven years and a 70% chance that (your future wife) will be the one who will ask for the divorce ; if you’re living in a state that has no-fault divorce laws, according to Margaret F. Brinig & Douglas W. Allen’s “These Boots are Made for Walking” Why Most Divorce Filers are Women . And surprisingly, 2011 U.S. census data showed that women were less likely than men to pay their child support. WHAT! A 1999 study done by the American Association of Blood Banks even shows that 3 out of 10 guys are raising children where they are not the biological fathers (simply put, women cheat). After breakup/divorce men between the ages of 20 and 29 are three times more likely to commit suicide than women. This was the eighth leading cause of death for all men living in the United States in 2005, according to the 2008 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. As if that’s not enough, women are just as physically abusive as men, according to research done by psychologist John Archer and sociologist Murray Straus that reads:

    “….men and women exhibit roughly equal rates of violence within relationships; some studies hint that women’s rates of physical aggression are slightly higher. This apparent equality is not solely a result of women fighting back, because it holds even for altercations that women start.”

    This supports the statements made by Ms. Erin Pizzey, a woman credited for creating the first woman shelter back in 1971 for abused women in the UK. In her autobiography This Way to the Revolution: A Memoir written by Peter Owen. Ms. Pizzey: states that after establishing her first refuge, she determined that a majority of domestic violence was reciprocal, with both partners abusing each other in roughly equal rates. She reached this conclusion when she asked the women in her refuge about violence they experienced, only to discover that most of the women were equally as violent or more violent than their husbands.

    According to the 2012 National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), 53.5 percent of women were the perpetrators of child maltreatment, compared to 45.3 percent of men.

    Finally, The Department of Justice (Bureau of Justice Statistics) released a report “Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995-2013” that study, the rape and sexual assault of women (ages 18-24) on and off college campus. The term rape and sexual assault were defined by The National Crime Victimization Survey to include: a) completed and attempted rape, b) completed and attempted sexual assault, and c) threats of rape or sexual assault. The report showed that 1 in 52 women on college campus were victims of rape/sexual assault, not the 1 in 5 as previously reported. The report also shows a 50 percent, steady decline of rape and sexual assault of young women on and off college campuses.1 in 52 women being sexually assaulted anywhere in the world is nothing to be proud of! However, we can take pride in knowing, that, the steady decline of sexual assaults shows that we do not have a rape epidemic of young women on college campuses.

    Have I gotten your attention yet? Thought so., well, what does this mean? It means that women are human beings not angels, and are just as capable of committing the same exact, shameful acts as us men! Young men growing up today in single-parent homes are being duped by social media, women’s groups, etc., into believing men are the ones who mostly screw up in relationships between men and women, leading to the breakup of the family household. We now know that this is the furthest thing from the truth. Consequently, this misconception has caused young men raised by single mothers to go into marriage with a misunderstanding of women and no understanding of the five basic principles of man-hood usually taught by fathers or other positive male figures. These principles are: builder, provider, protector, lawmaker and enforcer of his home and community. If a young man today does not have an understanding of these principles or is in company with a woman who is unfamiliar with these male traits, in my opinion, your marriage may be doomed, as the data shows. The Basic Instructions Before Lovin’ Eve, aka the B.I.B.L.E. is written to help good young men raised by single women understand the different types of women (good, bad, etc.) that are out there, the mind games to watch out for, your role as a man in your relationship, and even the court system (-if you find yourself divorced and seeking visitation to see your child). So before you put a ring on it, let the B.I.B.L.E. help guide you in your quest to search for your future Eve. But! When you’re in the abyss of love, you might not always listen to the advice given, because the heart does not always do what the mind tells it to. Whatever the case; this book’ (which comes from my 40 plus years of personal experience as a good man) will at least give you some understanding of the type of woman you’re in a relationship with, the strength of the relationship, and actions to take when a relationship fails.

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    Admit It, You’re Crazy!
    Quirks, Idiosyncrasies, and Irrational Behavior


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    Quirks, Idiosyncrasies and Meshugaas

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    We’d love to partner with you to spread the word about our book as well as the important work you’re doing with your book club. I’d be happy to reach out by phone or email you some ideas about how this might work. Let me know if you’d like an early copy of the book, and I’ll happily send one your way.

    As you may know, Welles Crowther was a standout athlete from Upper Nyack, NY, a volunteer at the local fire department, and his signature was a red bandanna, constantly in his pocket, a gift given to him as child from his father. Fresh out of college, Welles took a Wall Street job on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. When the Twin Towers fell, Welles’s parents had no idea what happened to him. In the unbearable days that followed, they came to accept that he would never come home. Eight months after the attacks, however, Welles’s mother read a news account from several survivors who said they and others had been led to safety by a stranger, carrying a woman on his back, down nearly twenty flights of stairs. After leading them down, the young man turned around. “I’m going back up,” was all he said. The survivors didn’t know his name, but despite the smoke and panic, one of them remembered a single detail clearly: the man was wearing a red bandanna.

    The Red Bandanna is about a fearless choice, about a crucible of terror and the indomitable spirit to answer it. Its author, Tom Rinaldi, an award-winning journalist for ESPN, produced a documentary on Wells that went viral, captivating the country, and Rinaldi has been working with the Crowther family ever since, making sure Wells’s story is known to as many people as possible. Examining one decision in the gravest situation, The Red Bandanna celebrates the difference one life can make, and it will undoubtedly make you wonder: What would you do in the last hour of your life?

    We’d love to partner with you in any way to spread Welles’s story. Let me know if you’d like an early copy of the book, and I’ll happily send one along.

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