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Montana Western professor reflects on fatherhood in latest book release.

October 6, 2015

Borrowman said the book covers topics facing modern American fathers including “creepy bathroom scum, cowboy boots, criminal family members and cheesy pickup lines.”

“Mistakes Were Made” developed as my sense of myself as a father and husband expanded and contracted in unexpected ways,” Borrowman said. “My conversations with other fathers tell me that I am not alone – not alone in my doubts about my parenting and husbanding abilities, not alone in my unshakable belief that John and Samantha will turn out alright only because of my wife Elizabeth’s presence in their lives.”

Shane Borrowman is a professor of writing and literature at Montana Western where he serves as chair of the English department. He is the editor/co-editor of six collections of original scholarship including “Trauma and the Teaching of Writing,” “Rhetoric in the Rest of the West,” and “On the Blunt Edge: Technology in Composition’s Pedagogy and History.”

He has also edited/co-edited three writing textbooks including “The Promise of America” and “The Cost of Business.” As a writer, his work has appeared in publications as diverse as “Renaissance Magazine,” “Brevity” and “Rhetoric Review.”

Borrowman has written on topics ranging from boxing in medieval England to Renaissance navigation to medieval Arabic scholars and Jeannette Rankin’s overlooked importance in the history of the American peace movement.

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