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Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son Hardcover – 4 Mar 2010


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  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; 1st edition (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007150407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007150403
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.9 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of seven novels - including The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and The Yiddish Policemen's Union - two collections of short stories, and one other work of non-fiction. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and children.

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Praise for Michael Chabon:

‘Poignant, affecting, witty, wrenching, a terrific writer.' Washington Post

‘The natural exuberance and extravagance of Chabon’s writing is matched by dazzling wit.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘His talent is undisputable. Chabon’s novels are warm, witty, a little whimsical, always beautifully written. He is that rare and precious beast: a literary writer with crossover appeal…’GQ

‘Chabon is a language magician, turning everything into something else just for the delight of playing tricks with words…Chabon's ornate prose makes (Raymond) Chandler's fruity observations of the world look quite plain…He writes like a dream’ Guardian

'He is the most wonderful vaudeville performer.' Philip Hensher, in the Spectator ‘Books of the Year’

About the Author

Michael Chabon is the author of two collections of short stories, ‘A Model World’ and ‘Werewolves in their Youth’, the novels ‘The Mysteries of Pittsburgh’, ‘Wonder Boys’, ‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay’, ‘The Yiddish Policemen’s Union’ and ‘Telegraph Avenue’, and the non-fiction books ‘Maps and Legends and Manhood for Amateurs’. ‘Wonder Boys’ has been made into a film starring Michael Douglas and Robert Downey Jr. and ‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay’ won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, GQ, Esquire and Playboy. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and their four children.


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan A on 13 Jun 2010
Format: Hardcover
It was very personal, spoke of how non of us really have a clue about what we are doing. I thought it was great.
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jun 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of Chabon's musings and writings about what it is to be a father, a son, and a man. The writing is thoughtful, lyrical, sometimes sad, sometimes beautiful, always worthwhile. I love the opening essay when he talks about his childhood attempts to start a comic convention and how his mother skilfully managed his emotions when only one other child turned up to the inaugural meeting. I loved the essay about his failure to understand his daughters through the snapshot of him sitting with his children at the kitchen table drawing. I loved everything about this book.
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Format: Paperback
A funny, insightful and personal book full of anecdotes and reflections about being a man, a son and a dad.
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