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Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon
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bookshelves: adult, biography, life, nonfiction, not-graphic, short-stories

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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Michael Chabon
“Every work of art is one half of a secret handshake, a challenge that seeks the password, a heliograph flashed from a tower window, an act of hopeless optimism in the service of bottomless longing. Every great record or novel or comic book convenes the first meeting of a fan club whose membership stands forever at one but which maintains chapters in every city -- in every cranium -- in the world. Art, like fandom, asserts the possibility of fellowship in a world built entirely from the materials of solitude. The novelist, the cartoonist, the songwriter, knows the gesture is doomed from the beginning but makes it anyway, flashes his or her bit of mirror, not on the chance that the signal will be seen or understood but as if such a chance existed.”
Michael Chabon, Manhood for Amateurs

Michael Chabon
“For true contentment, one must carry a book at all times.”
Michael Chabon, Manhood for Amateurs


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March 31, 2017 – Shelved
March 31, 2017 – Shelved as: adult
March 31, 2017 – Shelved as: biography
March 31, 2017 – Shelved as: life
March 31, 2017 – Shelved as: not-graphic
March 31, 2017 – Shelved as: nonfiction
March 31, 2017 – Shelved as: short-stories

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