Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity

Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity

by Joel Stein
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Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity by Joel Stein

The smudge looked suspiciously penis- like. The doctor confirmed: "That's the baby's penis!" which caused not celebration, but panic. Joel pictured having to go camping and fix a car and use a hammer and throw a football and watch professionals throw footballs and figure out whether to be sad or happy about the results of said football throwing.

So begins his quest to confront his effete nature whether he likes it or not (he doesn't), by doing a twenty-four-hour shift with L.A. firefighters, going hunting, rebuilding a house, driving a Lamborghini, enduring three days of boot camp with the U.S. Army, day-trading with $100,000, and going into the ring with UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Seeking help from a panel of experts, including his manly father-in-law, Boy Scouts, former NFL star Warren Sapp, former MLB All-Star Shawn Green, Adam Carolla, and a pit bull named Hercules, he expects to learn that masculinity is defined not by the size of his muscles, but by the size of his heart (also, technically, a muscle). This is not at all what he learns.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446573122
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Joel Stein grew up in Edison, N.J., went to Stanford, and in 1997, became a staff writer for Time magazine. In 1998, he began writing his sophomoric humor column which now appears on the back page of the magazine every week. He also writes many other articles for Time, and has contributed to the New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Details, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Wired, Real Simple, Sunset, Playboy, Elle and many more.

He has appeared as a talking head on many TV shows, taught a class in humor writing at Princeton, and wrote a column for the Los Angeles Times for four years. He and his wife live in Los Angeles with their son.

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Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
M_L_Gooch_SPHR More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joel Stein feels he is not manly enough and will be unable to teach his young son, Lazlo, any manly skills. Fearing he will be a poor father, he creates a list of manly skills that he will experience and learn to pass onto Lazlo. Stein goes camping with the Boy Scouts, attempts home repair with his father-in-law, goes hunting, spends days training with the military and goes a round with UFC fighter Randy Couture. By the end of the book he learns what is is to be a man. Funny and positive book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Ken-in-Arlington More than 1 year ago
Joel Stein is a very engaging writer and the book is very amusing. But I think that had he fused his witty writing with somemor eprofound insights on gender identity he could have had a very strong book. As it is, it's amusing but really feels like humorous filler for the back pages of a magazone.
OldeTurtle More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joel Stein is a terrible writer and despite what he and others like to think, he is not funny. The book is pure drivel. Rubbish to the highest degree. If you enjoyed this "writing" you are most likely uncouth and find joy in potty humor.
Sarah_Diane More than 1 year ago
How often do you acutally laugh out loud reading something? Both my husband and I did while reading this book. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life deeply inciteful a masterpiece