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Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

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    Five Star Funny!

    As a subscriber to Time magazine, I always read Joel Stein's article as it always makes me laugh. In the latest issue (you know, the cover with the woman breast-feeding the 30 year old) he was at the top of his game with his over the top self-promotion of this book. I had to buy it from Amazon.

    I finished it tonight. It is the funniest book I have read since the early works of Dave Barry or the late Lewis Grizzard. Every page from the introduction to the ending author's note is hilarious. Laugh out loud (LOL) funny! As an added bonus, it is one of the most honest books I have read. Only Richard Pryor’s “Pryor Convictions” comes close to its candor.

    The theme of the book is that upon learning that he is going to be the father of a SON, Joel panics and decides he must learn more about being a man. Each chapter takes us through a journey of self-discovery as Joel does "manly" things with day traders, firefighters, boy scouts, major league professionals, etc. His observations and reactions to various situations are all slices of comic gold.

    The chapters are:

    1. Surviving Outdoors
    2. Rescuing the Helpless
    3. Engaging in Competition
    4. Bonding with Men
    5. Making Money
    6. Using Machines
    7. Taming Animals
    8. Building Shelter
    9. Providing Food
    10. Defending My Country
    11. Protecting My Family

    I would guess that every man that reads this book will find himself in at least some of these chapters. I know I did. I would also surmise that every woman that reads this book, will find her husband or boyfriend within these pages. I would also advise you shouldn’t point it out to him.

    This is a wonderful book and will keep you entertained throughout. I highly recommend Joel Stein’s first book. I hope we see more books from him.

    I hope you find this review helpful.

    Michael L. Gooch, Author of Wingtips with Spurs

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    A Classic Waiting To Be Made Classical

    I found Joel paralleled much of my own experiences with masculinity, (though I am confused about some aspects of his life that seemingly contradict what he has said about himself in "The Awesome Column.") This book is hilarious, and I can't wait to tell my grandchildren (of course while wearing Ray-Ban's) "I read that book begore it was a classic." Seriously, make this a classic just so we all can make that joke.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

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    Joel Stein is our Catcher in the Wry. Man Made is a phenomenally funny read!

    There is nothing stupid about the quest undertaken by the author here. Joel Stein is self-centered in the most positive sense of that description. He knows who he is and he shares it with us. He is a man, now a Dad who knows who he is and knows where he needs to go in order to grow along with his son. We become fellow travelers on a journey to discover what it really means to be a man in our society today. Joel Stein has an hysterically historical perspective on what manhood has looked like over time. He makes his way through this journey of discovery much as a choosy man in a cafeteria line. He manages to deflate old myths while gaining an appreciation of their origin and integrating the best parts of each adventure. Whether as an outdoors man, a firefighter, or a would-be Wall Street scoundrel, and several other personae, the author manages to create a carefully studied air of insouciance; not an easy task. As the author shared his insights, I felt myself grow more comfortable with my own masculinity and sometimes the lack of it. It is rare for me to say that a book made me a better person for having read it. This book did. Let me be clear. For all the big words and high praise, it all boils down to this: Man Made - A Stupid Quest for Masculinity is an hilarious and moving account. I found myself savoring every laugh out loud and did not want the book to ever end. I hope that Joel Stein does not read his reviews. If he does, I know it will be out loud to Cassandra, his wife. I can almost sense her plotting my demise. Cheers!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Extremely funny, good message...a rarity!

    As a dad of three kids--and as a kid who grew up in the PC decades that crossed into the current millenium--I can say that this book both cracked me up to no end and moved me at the same time. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    Laugh Out Loud

    How often do you acutally laugh out loud reading something? Both my husband and I did while reading this book. Loved it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Very entertaining

    The book is lighthearted good fun. The author puts in enough variety to maintain your interest and flows right until the end with great story-telling.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Ridiculously funny oh my god...

    This is one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life deeply inciteful a masterpiece

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 30, 2013

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