Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son - Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon’s second foray into non-fiction has all the grace and wit of his best novels.  These pieces are carefully plotted stories that illuminate our own lives and make us look at where we’re headed.  Manhood For Amateurs (HarperCollins, $25.99) chronicles not only what it means to recognize yourself as a man, but, perhaps most important, how it feels to look back on the journey to adulthood.  Writing in short, easily digestible essays, Chabon brings healthy doses of humor, nostalgia, and frankness to his exploration of growing up.  Whether he is discussing the ineffable charms of ’70s super-heroines or remembering a father-figure who took him wholly into his life, Chabon creates a self-portrait of a man every bit as compelling as any of his characters.

Writing in short, easily digestible essays (none is longer than 11 pages), Michael Chabon brings healthy doses of humor, nostalgia, and frankness to his exploration of growing up. He trains his novelist’s eye on the small details that tell him he’s grown up: hearing songs from his youth on the classic rock station, having to disapprove of Captain Underpants so that his kids will still like it, recognizing that his children are growing up with a very different view of the future, realizing that he’s comfortable carrying a diaper bag.  Manhood For Amateurs  (Harper Perennial, $14.99) is perfect reading for an afternoon in the hammock, a few pages before bed, or a day watching the kids by the pool.

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780061490194
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 11th, 2010

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