Man Made by Joel Stein

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8 Critic Reviews

Although Stein acknowledges the absurdity of subjecting himself to choke holds designed to render opponents unconscious, he can’t help but embrace undeniable manly virtues like physical strength, camaraderie and courage—and seek to pass them on to his son. Charming, funny and life affirming.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

The smudge looked suspiciously penis- like. The doctor confirmed: "That's the baby's penis!" which caused not celebration, but panic. Joel pictured having to go camping and fix a car and use a hammer and throw a football and watch professionals throw footballs and figure out whether to be sad or happy about the results of said football throwing.

So begins his quest to confront his effete nature whether he likes it or not (he doesn't), by doing a twenty-four-hour shift with L.A. firefighters, going hunting, rebuilding a house, driving a Lamborghini, enduring three days of boot camp with the U.S. Army, day-trading with $100,000, and going into the ring with UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Seeking help from a panel of experts, including his manly father-in-law, Boy Scouts, former NFL star Warren Sapp, former MLB All-Star Shawn Green, Adam Carolla, and a pit bull named Hercules, he expects to learn that masculinity is defined not by the size of his muscles, but by the size of his heart (also, technically, a muscle). This is not at all what he learns.

 

About Joel Stein

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Joel Stein grew up in Edison, N.J., went to Stanford, and in 1997, became a staff writer for Time magazine. In 1998, he began writing his sophomoric humor column which now appears on the back page of the magazine every week. He also writes many other articles for Time, and has contributed to the New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Details, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Wired, Real Simple, Sunset, Playboy, Elle and many more. He has appeared as a talking head on many TV shows, taught a class in humor writing at Princeton, and wrote a column for the Los Angeles Times for four years. He and his wife live in Los Angeles with their son.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. 299 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Apr 21 2012

Although Stein acknowledges the absurdity of subjecting himself to choke holds designed to render opponents unconscious, he can’t help but embrace undeniable manly virtues like physical strength, camaraderie and courage—and seek to pass them on to his son. Charming, funny and life affirming.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 12 2012

Stein proves himself to be a champion humorist by probing the serious side of his subject while peppering the paragraphs with numerous fresh and funny notions.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Henry Alford on Jul 27 2012

As a long-form personal essayist, however, Stein proves emotionally flinty; despite a good section about crying at his son’s birth, this pantywaist reader wanted more vulnerability.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by John Moore on Jul 11 2012

Like his columns, Stein fills the Man Made with plenty of snark and self-deprecation, but there are also peeks of vulnerability in detailing his own childhood.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by D. Black on Jun 15 2012

But Stein, a skilled feature writer and humour columnist, keeps his storytelling fresh and his unfiltered observations coming, page after page.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by John Wilwol on May 20 2012

But in between all the comedy, the book is also a perceptive account of how men relate to each other and a surprisingly tender story about the love that exists between fathers and sons.

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jrforasteros.com

Good
Reviewed by JR Forasteros on Sep 19 2012

Man Made by Joel Stein is a fun, hilarious read that peppers in enough poignant observations on character to be worth your time.

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Book End Babes

Good
Reviewed by Jodi Lustig on Jun 20 2012

Man Made includes the funniest description of the birthing experience from the male perspective ever.

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