Manhood for Amateurs

Manhood for Amateurs

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

Book - 2009
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The author questions what it means to be a man today in a series of interlinked autobiographical reflections, regrets, and reexaminations, each sparked by an encounter, in the present, that holds some legacy of the past.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2009], ©2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780061490187
0061490180
Branch Call Number: 921 Chabo
Characteristics: xiv, 306 pages ; 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.

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pugterranian
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.

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floy
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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