Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon audiobook

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

By Michael Chabon
Read by Michael Chabon

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780061490187
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“Chabon has always been a magical prose stylist, adept at combining the sort of social and emotional detail found in Philip Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus stories with the metaphor-rich descriptions of John Updike and John Irving’s inventive sleight of hand. . . . As in his novels, he shifts gears easily between the comic and the melancholy, the whimsical and the serious, demonstrating once again his ability to write about the big subjects of love and memory and regret without falling prey to the Scylla and Charybdis of cynicism and sentimentality.” — Michiko Kakutani, New York Times “Wondrous, wise and beautiful.” — David Kamp, New York Times Book Review The bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Werewolves in Their Youth, Wonderboys, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union Michael Chabon “takes [his] brutally observant, unfailingly honest, marvelously human gaze and turns it on his own life” (Time) in the New York Times bestselling memoir Manhood for Amateurs.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2010 Audie Award Finalist

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

A 2009 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction

Selected for the October 2009 Indie Next List

“Chabon has always been a magical prose stylist, adept at combining the sort of social and emotional detail found in Philip Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus stories with the metaphor-rich descriptions of John Updike and John Irving’s inventive sleight of hand. . . . As in his novels, he shifts gears easily between the comic and the melancholy, the whimsical and the serious, demonstrating once again his ability to write about the big subjects of love and memory and regret without falling prey to the Scylla and Charybdis of cynicism and sentimentality.” — Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“Wondrous, wise and beautiful.” — David Kamp, New York Times Book Review

The bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Werewolves in Their Youth, Wonderboys, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union Michael Chabon “takes [his] brutally observant, unfailingly honest, marvelously human gaze and turns it on his own life” (Time) in the New York Times bestselling memoir Manhood for Amateurs.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“What makes this collection so melancholically pleasurable is not the modern-dad stuff but Chabon’s ready and vivid access to his own childhood.” New York Times Book Review
“As in his novels, [Chabon] shifts gears easily between the comic and the melancholy, the whimsical and the serious, demonstrating once again his ability to write about the big subjects of love and memory and regret without falling prey to the Scylla and Charybdis of cynicism and sentimentality.”  New York Times
“Hilarious, moving, pleasurable, disturbing, transcendent, restless...Chabon...create[s] a composite image of ideal manhood, one that is modest, responsible, bemused, empathic, and thoughtful.” 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.” Time
“The author creates a unique memoir by compiling individual essays...Chabon’s writing is blaringly honest, at times self-condemning, but always thought-provoking. There is sure to be at least one treasured essay for every reader of this book.” Children’s Literature
“An entertaining omnibus of opinionated essays...Candid, warm, and humorous, Chabon’s essays display his habitual attention to craft.” Publishers Weekly
“Whether reflecting on his role as son, brother, husband, or father, Chabon’s delightful essays are provocative and insightful...By turns poignant and witty, Chabon is a comfortable, inviting reader. His relaxed and conversational style is shot through with occasional fervent moments. He’s unhurried yet precise in his pacing and phrasing, and most of all likably, often ruefully, humorous.” AudioFile
“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.”  Booklist
“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.” Library Journal
“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)

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Author

Author Bio: Michael Chabon

Author Bio: Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, collections of short stories and essays, and a young-adult novel. Titles include Wonder Boys, which was made into a critically acclaimed film; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize; and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, among others.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Runtime: 8.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English