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

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A shy manifesto, an impractical handbook, the true story of a fabulist, an entire life in parts and pieces, Manhood for Amateurs is the first sustained work of personal writing from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon. In these insightful, provocative, slyly interlinked essays, one of our most brilliant and humane writers addresses with his characteristic warmth and lyric wit the all-important question: What does it mean to be a man today?

 

About Michael Chabon

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Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, Werewolves In Their Youth, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, and the middle-grade book Summerland. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.
 
Published January 24, 2012 by Harper. 354 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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He briefly notes, for instance, his struggle to create an authentic female character in Kavalier & Clay—eventually gutting 400 pages of effort—within the context of misogyny in pop culture, and mentions David Foster Wallace’s suicide only as a launchpad for an essay on his wife’s bout with depres...

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Chabon delivers a polished, subtle, and enjoyable rendition of his first major work of nonfiction. In plumbing his own experiences as husband and father of four to explore masculinity in all its me

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The New York Times

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In this essay collection, Michael Chabon reflects on the various states of maleness.

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Michael Chabon demonstrates once again his ability to write about the big subjects of love and memory and regret.

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Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop It was while reading the essay "Imaginary Homelands" in the collec...

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Despite his claims to the contrary, Michael Chabon clearly is a great dad.

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Publishers Weekly

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Whether describing his boyhood, his years of dedicated marijuana smoking, the evolution of comic book heroines, his children’s art projects, his marriage, or his career, Chabon is a relaxed and likable reader: his nuanced narration enhances his prose and offers the listener a window into his inne...

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Chabon on being a son, husband and father

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Funny, insightful, and sometimes troubling, Chabon drives us through the meaning of manhood into humanity.

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Taken together the essays form a kind of autobiographical memoir explaining how Chabon became the man he feels he has become and, perhaps more importantly, how he can become the man he would like to be.

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Continued on the next page Page 1 — Page 2 — Page 3 — Page 4 — Page 5

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NPR

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There has been no shortage of books on motherhood, but daddy diaries are a new phenomenon. Michael Chabon's Manhood for Amateurs raises the bar, with 39 beautifully written essays that trace his influences and celebrate his roles as husband, father and son.

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The Globe and Mail

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'I'm a father,' Michael Chabon writes. 'Being a hypocrite is my job'

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AV Club

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Michael Chabon's first foray into autobiography deals with the roles of fatherhood and other relationships.

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Michael Chabon's first foray into autobiography deals with the roles of fatherhood and other relationships.

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Los Angeles Times

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The novelist pities -- and commiserates with -- the sappier, more confused sex in a collection of essays.

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The Telegraph

The victim of all this, Chabon .

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BookPage

Chabon also installs a towel rack, worries about his wife and examines other wonders of childhood: getting lost, the seductive power of basements and the shattered world of scatological humor.

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Seattle PI

The opening essay of Manhood for Amateurs recounts, on the surface, Chabon’s childhood attempt to start a comic book club with a newsletter modeled after Stan Lee’s “Stan’s Soapbox.” Though the pre-adolescent Chabon had carefully typed and copied a newsletter, had signs and cashbox at the ready i...

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