Manhood for Amateurs

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Manhood For Amateurs is a 2009 collection of essays by the American writer Michael Chabon.


The complete title of Chabon's collection is Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son. As the writer explains, the work discusses "being a man in all its complexity — a son, a father, a husband."[1] The collection was nominated for a 2010 Northern California Book Award in the Creative Nonfiction category.[2] This was Chabon's second published collection of essays and non-fiction. McSweeney's published Maps and Legends, a collection of Chabon's literary essays, on May 1, 2008.


Most of the essays previously appeared in GQ, The New York Times, and others.


  • The Losers' Club
  • William and I
  • The Cut
  • D.A.R.E.
  • The Memory Hole
  • The Binding of Isaac
  • To the Legoland Station
  • The Wilderness of Childhood
  • Hypocritical Theory
  • The Splendors of Crap
  • The Hand on My Shoulder
  • The Story of Our Story
  • The Ghost of Irene Adler
  • The Heartbreak Kid
  • A Gift
  • Faking It
  • Art of Cake
  • On Canseco
  • I Feel Good About My Murse
  • Burning Women
  • Verging
  • Fever
  • Looking for Trouble
  • A Woman of Valor
  • Like, Cosmic
  • Subterranean
  • X09
  • Sky and Telescope
  • Surefire Lines
  • Cosmodemonic
  • Boyland
  • A Textbook Father
  • The Omega Glory
  • Getting Out
  • Radio Silence
  • Normal Time
  • Xmas
  • The Amateur Family
  • Daughter of the Commandment


  1. ^ Thornton, Matthew (June 1, 2007). "Chabon Signs Again with HC". PW Daily. Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2009. 
  2. ^ "2010 Northern California Book Award Nominees". The San Francisco Chronicle. March 7, 2010. 

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