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The Heming Way: How to Unleash the Booze-Inhaling, Animal-Slaughtering, War-Glorifying, Hairy-Chested Retro-Sexual Legend Within, Just Like Papa! Hardcover – November 27, 2012

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“Within this raucous self-help handbook to hairy-chested masculinity (and cat ownership), as exemplified by Papa Hemingway, lurks a serious message: turn off the TV, log off Facebook, and get out there and live! A great choice for manly men and/or couch potatoes.” ―Booklist

About the Author

MARTY BECKERMAN has written for The New York Times, Esquire (where he served as an editor), Playboy, Salon, Discover, Gawker, The Huffington Post, and the Daily Beast, among others. He lives in New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 2 edition (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250010608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250010605
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm reposting this review from my website destroyallslackers.com because I want this book to be read, honestly, it's one of the funniest books I've ever read, it'll leave you in stitches guaranteed. Check out my review:

Marty Beckerman is the king of the slackers. His latest book, The Heming Way, is a biography about Ernest Hemingway tailor-made for us slackers who normally wouldn't read a book. Any book that references Hemingway as "Like Jesus, only not a pussy." is DEFINITELY worth sifting through.

I had received a review copy of the book after he introduced himself to me via. e-mail, and automatically I fell in love. The first few pages had me in stitches, it's hard to believe anyone could write a book this raunchy. Put simply, its a biography that exploits the finer points of Hemingway's life and personality and not only worships the very way of life he lived, but describes it in a way that would make the man himself proud.

Through out the book, Beckerman refers to the various activities of Hemingway's and comments on how "manly" they were, and how anything else would be better suited to "prepubescent girls." The thing about that I find interesting, though, is that in a way he's right. Hemingway used to hunt for his food, instead of just buying it at the grocery store. He used to experiment with alcohol and invent various beverages himself. He lived a life of adventure, traveled everywhere, and saw things people today can't be bothered to go see. In a very clever, misogynistic, comedic way, Beckerman points out how society has "softened" between Hemingway's day and the present. He notes how people would rather talk about their lives on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook rather than go out and live their lives.
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The Heming Way is a quick but uproarious read filled with screamingly funny one-liners. It is a tongue-in-cheek ode to the man who exemplifies everything that a man ought to be. Beckerman sarcastically praises Hemingway for being a drunken, misogynistic, self-proclaimed war hero who would blow his brains out all over again if he encountered today's metrosexual male. Although so-called "men" today may lack the survival skills of the past, we can get back on track simply by following in the footsteps of this legendary writer.
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The Heming Way is a macho parody of a self-help book, crossed with a literary study.

It walks you how to be manlier, drink better, grow a beard, etc, etc, and the instructions are peppered with footnoted quotes and factiods about Hemingway. Essentially the exact opposite of the sort of book you'd see on Oprah -- completely un-PC and well documented.

There's a touch of legitimate anti-political correctness to it, similar to Kinky Friedman's lament of the "pussification of Texas" during his gubernatorial campaign. Mostly though, its an over-top romp of how to be a man's man with an improbably historical and literary basis for a backbone.
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The author's ambivalence about Hemingway's life and habits (there is a touch of admiration lurking behind the savage humor) made me think this would be a great satirical read. The first chapter truly is excellent. However, the book gradually devolves into an anti-hunting screed and the humor disappears. A generous two stars.
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I don't know how The Hemingway hasn't been used as a book title before, but Beckerman's book more than lives up to it's name.

The book delivers the funny whilst highlighting the best parts of Papa's legacy. I wasn't sure you could wring out these many jokes and puns out of Hemingway's life, but Beckerman delivers, giving laugh-out-loud lines on every aspect of this storied history. If you don't think that war, hunting, womanizing, meat, fishing, writing, and alcoholism are hilarious, you just havent read this book yet.

It's obvious that Beckerman idolizes the man, which makes this passion of love work for the both the casual or obsessed fan. For any fan of Hemingway, or manliness, you can't go wrong with this book.
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Forget the viagra or another trip to the gym: short of going on safari, this is the best way I've found to get the testosterone coursing. Part biography of the ultimate man's man, part self-help book for a generation who has lost their way (and clearly, from their adoration for fictional characters like Dos Equis's "Most Interesting Man in the World", longs for a return to their manly roots), The Heming Way should be required reading for teenage boys passing into manhood.

Or you could just go back to "getting in touch with your inner Papa" in the way you have been; but you're bound to run out of lotion and/or tissues at some point.
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There have been a lot of tributes in the press this month to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the guy's death, but none capture the absurdity of this anachronistic, runaway freight train of testosterone quite like Marty Beckerman's book.
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Marty Beckerman is a CAD! He is a Bounder! He is a Throwback! He is.....Hilarious! Anyone who wants to have a look at how one of America's greatest author's lived and enjoyed his life, will not be disappointed. He "dares" to talk in a way that is not only ,in this day and age, "politically incorrect", but brings back memories of when "Men were men and Women were women!"....which was at least one generation ago. Beckerman covers all sides of Hemingway...The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. So he's a universal provocateur....he doesn't pull any punches, nor does Hemingway for that matter. Beckerman did a tremendous amount of research and his Appendix and notes have many of the leading Hemingway scholar's footnotes as proof. There are many laugh out loud moments...which doesn't happen very often when reading Hemingway or Bio's on him. So, as a true Hemingway Buff, I salute Beckerman for his courage and mettle, Hemingway would be Pissed & Proud!---Jeffry Martini
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