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Manhood for Amateurs

The Pleasures and Regrets of A Husband, Father, and Son
Chabon, Michael (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Manhood for Amateurs


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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.

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author— "an immensely gifted writer and a magical prose stylist" (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times)—offers his first major work of nonfiction, an autobiographical narrative as inventive, beautiful, and powerful as his acclaimed, award-winning fiction.

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 Michael Chabon. In these insightful, provocative, slyly interlinked essays, one of our most brilliant and humane writers presents his autobiography and his vision of life in the way so many of us experience our own lives: as a series of reflections, regrets, and reexaminations, each sparked by an encounter, in the present, that holds some legacy of the past.

What does it mean to be a man today? Chabon invokes and interprets and struggles to reinvent for us, with characteristic warmth and lyric wit, the personal and family history that haunts him even as—simply because—it goes on being written every day. As a devoted son, as a passionate husband, and above all as the father of four young Americans, Chabon presents his memories of childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce, of moments of painful adolescent comedy and giddy encounters with the popular art and literature of his own youth, as a theme played—on different instruments, with a fresh tempo and in a new key—by the mad quartet of which he now finds himself co-conductor.

At once dazzling, hilarious, and moving, Manhood for Amateurs is destined to become a classic.



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The best-selling author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and a Pulitzer Prize winner questions what it means to be a man today in a series of interlinked autobiographical series of reflections, regrets, and reexaminations, each sparked by an encounter, in the present, that holds some legacy of the past. 200,000 first printing.

Authors: Chabon, Michael
Statement of Responsibility: Michael Chabon
Title: Manhood for amateurs
the pleasures and regrets of a husband, father, and son
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xiv, 306 p. ; 22 cm.
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  • floy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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