Manhood for Amateurs

Manhood for Amateurs

The Pleasures and Regrets of A Husband, Father, and Son

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"Chabon has always been a magical prose stylist, adept at combining the sort of social and emotional detail found in Philip Roth's Goodbye, Columbus stories with the metaphor-rich descriptions of John Updike and John Irving's inventive sleight of hand. . . . As in his novels, he shifts gears easily between the comic and the melancholy, the whimsical and the serious, demonstrating once again his ability to write about the big subjects of love and memory and regret without falling prey to the Scylla and Charybdis of cynicism and sentimentality."
-- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"Wondrous, wise and beautiful."
-- David Kamp, New York Times Book Review

The bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Werewolves in Their Youth, Wonderboys, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and The Yiddish Policemen's Union Michael Chabon "takes [his] brutally observant, unfailingly honest, marvelously human gaze and turns it on his own life" (Time) in the New York Times bestselling memoir Manhood for Amateurs.

Published: New York, NY : Harper, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061490187
Branch Call Number: 813.54 CHA
Characteristics: xiv, 306 p. ;,22 cm.


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JCLChrisK Mar 31, 2017

An entertaining and at times enlightening collection of essays on a broad range of topics related to gender and family roles. All of them are well-written and thoughtful. They are at their strongest when Chabon focuses on social commentary. Some of his personal anecdotes really resonated with me, but many are too particular and situated to his unique context to feel like they connect universally; and, for reasons I can't quite name, his confessional moments never felt truly vulnerable enough to me. Still, I appreciated all of them even when they didn't strike an emotional chord, and really enjoyed the ones that did.

Sep 02, 2014

The Pulitzer Prize winning author takes a thoughtful look, through the prism of his own experience, at what it means to be a man in our culture. The result is a varied collection of moving and funny essays. This also might serve as an instruction manual for spouses of smart, sensitive, well-meaning but ultimately flawed men.

Jul 04, 2011

This book of essays is well-written, insightful, sometimes poignant and often funny. The author photo is a bit weird but the book is great.
He writes of being a father, a husband, a son and an American and how complicated and difficult all of that is. It's a wonderful book for both genders and anyone over 16 or so (occasional language issues preclude younger readers).


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