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Manhood for Amateurs

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

by Michael Chabon

On Sale: 05/11/2010

Price: $14.99

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Manhood for Amateurs

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

by Michael Chabon

On Sale: 05/11/2010

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Price: $14.99

About the Book

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?

“Chabon brings his prodigiously entertaining verbal intelligence to a very personal investigation of what it means to be a father, a son, and a husband.”-Lev Grossman, Time (Top 10 Nonfiction Books Citation)

Critical Praise

“Hilarious, moving, pleasurable, disturbing, transcendent, restless. . . . And seemingly by accident, Chabon ultimately does create a composite image of ideal manhood, one that is modest, responsible, bemused, empathic, and thoughtful.” - Jeremy Adam Smith, San Francisco Chronicle

“Chabon brings his prodigiously entertaining verbal intelligence to a very personal investigation of what it means to be a father, a son, and a husband.” - Lev Grossman, Time (Top 10 Nonfiction Books Citation)

“Wry and heartfelt, Chabon’s riffs uncover brand-new insights in even the most quotidian subjects. . . . He applies an unusual level of wit and candor to the form.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Both lyrical and side-splittingly funny. . . . Readers seeking the intelligence of Updike; the gentle, brainy appeal of Sedaris; or the literary virtuosity of Nabokov will thoroughly enjoy.” - Douglas C. Lord, Library Journal

“Chabon takes a big, fat swing at the essay form with his second collection and achieves success. . . . These warm and thoughtful essays underscore just how good a wordsmith Chabon is-regardless of the form he chooses.” - Jerry Eberle, Booklist

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061490194
  • ISBN 10: 0061490199
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 05/11/2010
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.757 in (d)
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price: $14.99
  • BISAC1 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  • BISAC2 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs