Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces by Michael Chabon
eBook review copy; 144 pages
Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces by Michael Chabon is a very highly
recommended collection of seven short essays. It is a sheer pleasure to
reads these essays all thematically linked to fatherhood. There are
poignant, funny, contemplative, and universal moments in this short
collection that will leave a lasting impression on the reader. I
thoroughly enjoyed the whole collection.
The Opposite of Writing: Chabon, father of four, contemplates the
advice given to him by a successful writer when he was young. The man
told him to not have children if he wants to write great books.
Little Man: A wonderful piece about taking his youngest son, Abraham
Chabon, to fashion week in Paris. Abe is a young man who just loves
clothes and wants to do something in fashion.
Adventures in Euphemism: Reflections on editing out offensive words and
replacing them with a substitute word when reading a story to his
children - something many parents have struggled with.
People: While we may refer to living in certain areas as living in a
bubble, the truth be told, we are all living in a bubble - for exactly
Against Dickitude: Thoughts about teaching his son to not be a jerk to girls.
The Old Ball Game: Chabon muses about when he tried to talk his son out
of playing baseball, and why he did so, even though he personally loves
Be Cool or Be Cast Out: Thoughts about the stress a group of socially
repressive twelve-year junior high students can inflict on each other.
Pops: Chabon shares a memory about his own father.
My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.