Manhood for Amateurs : The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son

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  • Edition: Large
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-06
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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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.

Author Biography

Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Tiddish 'Policemen's Union, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay, and The Mysteries of-Pitts-burgh, among others. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

Table of Contents

Secret Handshake
The Losers' Clubp. 3
Techniques of Betrayal
William and Ip. 11
The Cutp. 21
D.A.R.E.p. 29
The Memory Holep. 39
The Binding of Isaacp. 45
Strategies for the Folding of Time
To the Legoland Stationp. 53
The Wilderness of Childhoodp. 62
Hypocritical Theoryp. 72
The Splendors of Crapp. 82
Exercises in Masculine Affection
The Hand on My Shoulderp. 95
The Story of Our Storyp. 105
The Ghost of Irene Adlerp. 116
The Heartbreak Kidp. 123
A Giftp. 131
Styles of Manhood
Faking Itp. 139
Art of Cakep. 147
On Cansecop. 156
I Feel Good About My Mursep. 164
Elements of Fire
Burning Womenp. 175
Vergingp. 183
Feverp. 191
Looking for Troublep. 195
A Woman of Valorp. 202
Patterns of Early Enchantment
Like, Cosmicp. 215
Subterraneanp. 224
X09p. 232
Sky and Telescopep. 238
Studies in Pink and Blue
Surefire Linesp. 247
Cosmodemonicp. 255
Boylandp. 263
A Textbook Fatherp. 270
Tactics of Wonder and Loss
The Omega Gloryp. 279
Getting Outp. 289
Radio Silencep. 297
Normal Timep. 306
Xmasp. 312
The Amateur Familyp. 322
Cue the Mickey Katz
Daughter of the Commandmentp. 333
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