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.
The Pulitzer Prize winning author takes a thoughtful look, through the prism of his own experience, at what it means to be a man in our culture. The result is a varied collection of moving and funny essays. This also might serve as an instruction manual for spouses of smart, sensitive, well-meaning but ultimately flawed men.
This book of essays is well-written, insightful, sometimes poignant and often funny. The author photo is a bit weird but the book is great.
He writes of being a father, a husband, a son and an American and how complicated and difficult all of that is. It's a wonderful book for both genders and anyone over 16 or so (occasional language issues preclude younger readers).
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