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Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon
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Mar 22, 11

really liked it
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I read this book in its entirety on my trip home today. It was the perfect airplane book - each essay is just a few pages so even if I was a little uninterested at least Chabon moved to another topic soon.

I really didn't need the first section or two. I'm getting tired of liberal parents lamenting the loss of traditional childhood experiences for their children (even if I agree - I support the argument even if I'm tired of reading the diatribes). But I enjoyed it when he moved past that whole deal and started writing more personal, less cliche essays.

But really? I feel like I should say this in a little voice, as my husband and I came into this relationship with two copies of Kavalier and Clay and have since pilfered a first edition from his father to bring our total to three (we like having every version of our favorite books - it's a disease), but I bet Michael Chabon is insufferable to be around. I have no basis for this but his own writing, and I'm not saying he's Franzen, but... Yeah. Insufferable.

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