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From Schlub to Stud: How to Embrace Your Inner Mensch and Conquer the Big City Paperback – August 17, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (August 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602392633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602392632
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,753,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most readers will recognize, if only in the unlikely celebrity of Knocked Up's Seth Rogan, Gross's self-applied title, the schlub: "Someone a little unkempt. A little out of shape. A little clumsy. A little gauche. A little insulated. A little bookish." Others might just as easily call him a chubby nerd. Regardless, this endearing memoir is less a how-to (or even a success story) and more a genuine, funny series of vignettes from Gross's life in New York City. A writer for the New York Post, Gross can turn a phrase ("Journalism is perhaps the greatest repository of schlubs known to man," he notes) but his storytelling finesse belies the usual deadline-driven work. Whether unspooling the tale of bedbugs in his apartment (and their effect on his romance) or his indulgent Jewish mother ("I grew up under the impression that I was of a brand of Semitic royalty"), Gross is a gentle kidder, with himself and others. Though the title's an overstatement-this schlub doesn't transform so much as persevere-Gross's shaggy mensch charm makes for an enjoyable read
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About the Author

Max Gross is a staff reporter for The New York Post, where his article "Schlub You the Right Way" was published. His occasional column "The Hapless Jewish Writer" appears in The Forward. He lives in Queens, New York.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Risa A. Dillon on August 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was laugh out loud funny.I was sorry it was over,this book is for everyone who likes to laugh,its for anyone who is a schlub,knows a schlub or has loved a schlub-I am looking forward to Gross's next book
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Goldfarb on April 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is an incredibly bad book. It is poorly written, not funny and ineptly edited. I cannot imagine how this author received a book deal with this material. There's absolutely nothing here. Flipping through empty pages would have been more satisfying.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Linas on August 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
Behind its facade as a kitschy "how to" book lies an honest memoir that catches you laughing in recognition of the reality of Max's self revelation. Whether you see yourself as a schlub, or secretly fear your schlubby tendencies, the author draws you into his vulnerabilities. You'll cheer on his strengths and hiss at the dating scene that so often squashes us all. This one day read will blend tears with laughter and give you hope for the redemption of self love and humility. It will inspire us all to keep on keepin' on, Yay Max!
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark De Lange on August 4, 2008
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This book is just terrible. I would never take his advice and he was NOT funny. Don't spend money on this book, you'll soon come to regret it...
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bob on August 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
I think this book is horrible!! They way he describes the women he dated is just mean!! Seems to me he was lucky anyone went out with him at all...

Stud??? I don't think so!!!
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