Manhood for Amateurs

Manhood for Amateurs

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

Streaming Audiobook - 2009
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author offers his first major work of nonfiction, an autobiographical narrative as inventive, beautiful, and powerful as his acclaimed, award-winning fiction. 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: as a series of reflections, regrets and re-examinations, each sparked by an encounter, in the present, that holds some legacy of the past. What does it mean to be a man today? As a devoted son, as a passionate husband, and above all as a father, Chabon's 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, are like a theme played 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2009.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780061966545
0061966541
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (8hr., 03 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Chabon, Michael
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Restrictions on Access: Digital content provided by hoopla.

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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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