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Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity Audible – Unabridged

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Having read many of Mr. Stein's funny but pretty useless columns in TIME magazine, I was curious if I could tolerate a book's worth of his humor. His writing style is mostly aimed at self-deprecation and the metaphors usually allude to pop-culture references. Though the focus of the book is him trying to become more "manly" for his son's sake, I wondered throughout the thing if it was just a contrived excuse to set himself up in uncommon situations. No matter. Mr. Stein did a wonderful job covering his experiences in camping with a Boy Scouts' troop; spending a few days being sort of a Los Angeles firefighter; practicing baseball with a former-pro-Dodger; spends a Sunday hanging with some ex-pro-football players watching games; learns to drink whiskey; day trades; drives a Lamborghini; babysits a dog for a few weeks; helps his father-in-law repair an old house; goes turkey hunting in Vermont; spends some days at both a marine and army boot camps as well as the climax of the story is Mr. Stein spending five minutes sparring with mixed-martial-arts UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture.

It's certainly a random lot of "manly" venues. Though it does have its moments of serious introspection and the book is somewhat educational (I'm now ready for a Jeopardy category entitled 'Horny Turkeys",) the work is ultimately just a light read of a nerdy, sarcastic guy's misadventures. The authors, Mr. Stein, Jon Ronson and A.J. Jacobs must have been separated at birth. All three guys are the first to come to mind when I need a light, hilarious pick-me-up. Heck, even the author's acknowledgements at the end of the work made me smile. I do hope Mr. Stein writes another one.
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Format: Hardcover
I just read this book and I can relate to a lot of the stories in this book. I am the other side of the coin, I have done carpentry, shot guns, and gone camping. Joel Stein has hit a lot of the right buttons on his take on many of these issues. I have a cousin who was a firefighter for a while and have had friends in that business and he is right on the money. I also know someone who pissed away a ton of money in the stock market in the area where Joel had his experience, at least the cash Joel was spending was not his own. I read his column in TIME magazine every week and that is what led me to his book. Keep up the good work Joel.
I am the author of the following book so I can relate to his short tales, I really did enjoy his book. Paul Pugliese Author of "Bedtime Horror Stories for Homeowners"
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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 and 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. I would also advise you shouldn't point it out to him.
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Joel Stein is one of us, pressured by manly stereotypes and expectations to be the right example to our children. Unlike most of us he is a fantastic writer who delivers truth wrapped in a blanket of humor. While trying to acquire manly-man skills and experiences he has great experiences but it is the people who guide him on his journey that are the real story. In the end he learns that he already knew. Make a safe world,as much as you can, for your children and be there to support them. This a a very funny book that allows the reader to enjoy the journey while seeing our own reflection.
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My mother recommended this book to me, and I'm so glad she did--it's completely delightful. I don't even have a son (or brothers!) but the book was so entertaining and funny that I have read it twice now, and highlighted all the parts that cracked me (my mother will sometimes call me and just read parts out loud). It's introspective without being mushy, and his humor is so deliciously dry at times that you don't even realize he's made a joke until you process the whole sentence. Love this.
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