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.
“I’m finishing up Michael Chabon’s “Manhood for Amateurs”. It’s a memoir, actually more like a series of essays, reflecting back on childhood from a parent’s perspective. He talks about the fears modern parents have, plus the greater freedom and imagination past generations had at their disposal that modern ones don’t. It’s full of his terrific prose and wit and is a great read for men (and women) raised in the 60′s and 70′s.” – David Weatherly