Manhood for Amateurs – Michael Chabon

Title: Manhood for Amateurs
Author: Michael Chabon
ISBN: 0061490180
Pages: 320
Release Date: October 6, 2009
Publisher: Harper
Genre: Non-fiction, Essays
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

In this collection of essays, Michael Chabon tackles the meaning of manhood from the point of view of a father, a son, an adult, and a child.

Review:

Though I’d never read anything by Michael Chabon prior to Manhood for Amateurs, I immediately knew that I wanted to read this book.  First, I thought these essays would introduce me to his writing style and help determine whether I wanted to pick up any of his other works (I definitely do).  Second, I thought the premise was really interesting, especially to read it from a woman’s point of view.

Though Manhood for Amateurs is about being a man, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t appeal to women.  Each of these essays is well-written, impeccably crafted, and incredibly amusing.  My favorite essay was one in which Chabon discussed when a woman came up to him in the grocery store, where he was shopping with his son, and told him she just could tell he was a great father.  Chabon discusses the double standard – women must be supermoms, and even then someone won’t come up to them and compliment their mothering skills.  However, all he has to do is show up with his son in the grocery store and all of a sudden, he’s father of the year.  Chabon goes on to say that he quite enjoys this double standard.  It’s compelling, funny, and entirely honest.

Manhood for Amateurs would make a perfect gift for a dad or dad-to-be.  Some of these essays are so heartfelt, they will move the reader to tears while simultaneously making them laugh.  Chabon is just an amazing author with an incredible amount of talent.  Reading this essay collection made me sad that I haven’t read his other works – I feel like I have been missing out on a literary genius.

I highly recommend Manhood for Amateurs, regardless of your age or sex.  This is one of those books that will appeal to virtually anyone.  Though most of these essays have been published previously, it’s worth picking up this book to have them all in one place!

Comments

  1. I loved Kavalier and Clay and have been wanting to read another one of his books for a while. This one sounds really interesting – I’ll keep an eye out for it!

  2. I loved Kavalier and Clay and have been wanting to read another one of his books for a while. This one sounds really interesting – I’ll keep an eye out for it!

  3. Sounds like a really good one! I will keep this on e in mind while choosing gift for the men I know! 🙂

  4. Sounds like a really good one! I will keep this on e in mind while choosing gift for the men I know! 🙂

  5. Thanks for the great review and recommendation!

  6. Thanks for the great review and recommendation!

  7. I have never read a Chabon book — I like the idea of starting with essays instead of one of the novels.

  8. I have never read a Chabon book — I like the idea of starting with essays instead of one of the novels.

  9. I’m a huge fan of Chabon. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this book, and I hope you read his fiction soon too!

  10. I’m a huge fan of Chabon. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this book, and I hope you read his fiction soon too!

  11. As the mother of a young man, I think this sounds fascinating. I’ve got one of Chabon’s books in my TBR pile that I need to get to.

  12. As the mother of a young man, I think this sounds fascinating. I’ve got one of Chabon’s books in my TBR pile that I need to get to.

  13. So glad you enjoyed it! Aren’t you a little bit in love with him now?

  14. So glad you enjoyed it! Aren’t you a little bit in love with him now?

  15. I heard an interview with Chabon on NPR about a month ago and immediately knew this is an author I need to get to know better. Luckily, I won a copy of this book in a giveaway. I know I’ll enjoy it as much as you did. Thanks for the review 🙂

  16. I heard an interview with Chabon on NPR about a month ago and immediately knew this is an author I need to get to know better. Luckily, I won a copy of this book in a giveaway. I know I’ll enjoy it as much as you did. Thanks for the review 🙂

  17. Nice review.It would be interesting to read the male point of view for once.

  18. Nice review.It would be interesting to read the male point of view for once.

  19. I wish I had known about this in time for my dad’s (and YOUR dad’s!) birthday last week. It sounds wonderful. I’ll have to try to keep it in mind for Father’s Day. I have Kavalier & Clay on my shelf but haven’t read it yet. Maybe in 2010…

  20. I wish I had known about this in time for my dad’s (and YOUR dad’s!) birthday last week. It sounds wonderful. I’ll have to try to keep it in mind for Father’s Day. I have Kavalier & Clay on my shelf but haven’t read it yet. Maybe in 2010…

  21. Great review! I’ll definitely be adding this one to my TBR list. Thanks!

  22. Great review! I’ll definitely be adding this one to my TBR list. Thanks!

  23. I’m glad you liked this so much! I’m planning on giving it to my husband for Christmas (or having someone else do so), with the expectation that I will steal it from him and read it as well.

  24. I’m glad you liked this so much! I’m planning on giving it to my husband for Christmas (or having someone else do so), with the expectation that I will steal it from him and read it as well.

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