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Man of the Year: A Memoir Hardcover – May 9, 2017
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“A preposterous true tale about one little man's journey into adulthood. I came for the adventures with the male centerfold, but I stayed for the break-your-heart portrait of a nuclear family teetering between enlightenment and core meltdown.”
― Jill Soloway, creator of Transparent
“This book is about a lot of things: fatherhood, religion, friendship, nostalgia and, of course, male nipples. It’s got something for everyone. And best of all, it’s told in Lou’s voice: funny, touching and compelling. Doesn’t even need a centerfold.”
―A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically
"Hilarious, fun and surprisingly touching. You'll instantly fall in love with the Cove family and the surrounding cast of eccentric characters, right down to their smelly rabbit. Man of the Year has my vote."
―Dan Marshall, author of Home is Burning
“A classic coming-of-age story, beautifully written, consistently agreeable, and good-humored… the kind of book readers fall in love with.”
―Booklist, Starred Review
“Cove has a light touch and an eye for regional and temporal detail… Most who either recall or are curious about this free-loving period of history will find themselves satisfied by Cove's re-creation of his journey out of boyhood.”
"Hilarious and poignant" ― People Magazine
“I just loved Man of the Year. I laughed. I cried. I’m sure at all the wrong places. Something hilarious and horrible in every paragraph.” ― Stephen Tobolowsky
About the Author
Lou Cove was an editor and journalist for the first ten years of his career, but his Man of the Year experience got him hooked on campaigns: as a senior advisor at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation he has helped build a $25 million Alliance of national funders to support one of his favorite programs: PJ Library. He has advised CEOs and boards of trustees at numerous national non-profits, including the American Institute for Architects, Represent.Us, Double Edge Theatre and Girls Leadership Institute.
Lou is former Executive Director of Reboot, a network of leading young Jewish creatives devoted to “rebooting” modern Jewish culture: digital entrepreneurs at Google and YouTube; creators of TV shows and films like Lost, Orange is the New Black,Transparent, Anchorman and Star Trek; journalists from NYT,Wired, and WSJ, etc. Under his leadership, Reboot launched and attracted millions to projects like National Day of Unplugging,10Q and Sukkah City. Lou was also Vice President of the National Yiddish Book Center.
Lou lives in Western Massachusetts. He hasn’t seen a new copy of Playgirl since 1980.
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* It is that wonderful.
* The characters are that well developed.
* The dialog is that good.
* It is that funny.
If Norman Lear (who is the most iconic writer and producer of the 1970’s and 1980’s - with 16 prime time family hit TV shows like the award-winning “All in the family”, “the Jeffersons”, etc) were to select and produce one movie about a coming of age story in post 60’s family in America - it would be this book.
As children of the 1960’s and 1970’s growing up as latchkey kids in inner cities and in the suburbs, many of us had parents who were trying to figure out where they fit into the world. It was a confusing if not horrifying reality for them as they transitioned from free spirits to somewhat responsible young parents. The author artfully weaves his personal coming of age experimentation with girls, drinking, drugs and the drama of moving to a new city, together with his real-life friendship and apprenticeship with one of his father and mother’s free-spirited friends - who also happens to be a newly minted playgirl playmate trying to win “man of the year.” Then there is Frank, the hilarious gay and hairy housemate who rents the basement studio who never fails to pop up and brighten up a room at all the right moments. Mix all this together in community like Salem Massachusetts with its witches, townies and Puritans… and you end up with a really great story.
This book is truly…“Basil”.
Just read Man of the Year and you will understand what I mean.
My only complaint is that this book is a too risqué and reveals a little too much about my own youth for our 11-year-old daughter to read - but I will save a copy for her for when she turns 18. ;)
I was hoping for and found many similarities with my own childhood, having been a teen in similar years and locations, but many could relate with the broader psychological landscapes described in this book; being beaten up by townies and mean girls; grappling with sexual encounters both covert and overt; deep loneliness and the desire to be seen by parents wrapped up in their own stories.
It is clear the author not only survived his “debauched” adolescence but thrived, having culled the best from the formidable figures in his life at the time. This is a story that had to be told, and he does so with well crafted descriptions of places and events in a book that is superbly entertaining and deeply touching. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
The story continues to suck you in to the wonder and horror of life as a 12-13 year old boy. Alternating between joyous and deep. Frivolous and frightening. Lou Cove leaves no stone unturned. Beware. This starts off as hilarious and fanciful. But you will not be saved from some deep cutting emotional trauma. Life as a middle school boy ain't no picnic.
I related to young Lou deeply. The age he covers was certainly one of the worst periods of my life. There was occasional great joy too. I think others will enjoy reading the unusual memoir. How often do we get to read a memoir about such a young stage in someone's life? Especially with such crazy events? Check it out!