The Reluctant Metrosexual by Peter Hyman
Dispatches from an Almost Hip Life

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Peter Hyman wants the model/Fulbright Scholar girlfriend, the job with generous stock options and the well-appointed 2BR w/vu. Instead he routinely finds himself single and underemployed in his closet-free walk-up. The last woman he liked got back together with her lesbian lover; the one before that threw up on the first date.

Welcome to the almost hip life of a reluctant metrosexual–a straight man whose tastes are just gay enough. Equal parts cultural anthropologist, amateur sexologist and witty skeptic, Hyman wryly chronicles the promiscuity and perils of modern manhood, whether he’s undergoing a painful Brazilian bikini wax, lurching through a disastrous threesome, or poignantly reflecting on the Scotch-soaked grief of a difficult breakup.

So sit back in your Eames lounger and revel in the good fortune that The Reluctant Metrosexual is not you, it’s him.

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About Peter Hyman

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Published July 27, 2004 by Villard. 304 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Hyman writes with surprising tenderness about the vicissitudes of contemporary dating, as in “The Wedding Swinger” or “The Penultimate Girlfriend,” with whom his moment flamed out too quickly.

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In this wry essay collection, Hyman explores the repercussions of being metrosexual (a marketing descriptor that refers to straight men with sensibilities for the finer things in life, like oatmeal face scrubs and track lighting).

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Providing further evidence of the fine line between being a dorky loser and a pop-culture superhero (William Hung, anyone?), this is Hyman's attempt to turn his failures at love, life and employment into a cash cow.

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