From Publishers Weekly
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.