Date finished: 2010-04-05
I'm fascinated by the question of masculinity and of how males should behave. In North American society men can be pretty constrained -- you're supposed to be the primary wage-earner, eat manly foods like meat and burgers, can't do girly things like taking care of children, dressing nicely, showing emotions, listen to musicals, etc. etc. I find it interesting to think about why this is so and how to change it.
Therefore I picked up this book. The title is somewhat misleading; more of the pieces are about parenting than any other topic, but Chabon is clear-eyed about it, not idolizing children or seeing them as the heart and center of the family. There's also some reminiscences of his childhood, a reflective piece about a kind father-in-law from Chabon's failed marriage that really resonated with me, notes on gross-out kid humour, and the author's lack of tragedy. Chabon's reflections were relevant enough to make me revisit some of my own personal history.
%T Manhood for Amateurs %S The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son %A Chabon, Michael %@ 2010-04-05 %D 2009 %G ISBN 978-0-06-149018-7 %P 306pp %I Harper %K essays