How to Be a Man We've all read reports of the ever-lengthening span of emotional adolescence, as people in their mid-20s still find themselves adrift. In this amusing collection of… How to Be a Man We've all read reports of the ever-lengthening span of emotional adolescence, as people in their mid-20s still find themselves adrift. In this amusing collection of… 2005-08-15 Memoir Nonfiction W.W. Norton
Book Review

How To Be a Man (2005)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Aug 15, 2005; Writer: Thomas Beller; Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction; Publisher: W.W. Norton

We've all read reports of the ever-lengthening span of emotional adolescence, as people in their mid-20s still find themselves adrift. In this amusing collection of essays, How To Be a Man, subtitled ''Scenes From a Protracted Boyhood,'' Thomas Beller emerges as a particularly egregious victim of this phenomenon (the last entry takes place when he is 39). Originally written for various magazines, the pieces have a slight ''Talk of the Town'' feel; in fact, most are set in New York City. From working as a stock boy at H&H Bagels to losing his behemoth car on the edge of Manhattan to suffering a depressing strip club excursion, Beller charts his growth from Peter Pan lite to married adult. And while the collection as a whole teeters on the edge of preciousness, it proves to be an enjoyably mature read.

Originally posted Aug 05, 2005 Published in issue #833 Aug 12, 2005 Order article reprints
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