Every once in a while you stumble upon a book that is completely wonderful. You find yourself getting lost in the story, giggling and saying things like “Oh my God” and “awwww” out loud.
Man Made by Joel Stein is definitely one of these books. Joel, a man who recently found out that he is going to be a father finds himself both over joyed and completely freaked out. In an attempt to become the best father possible, he goes on a quest to figure out what it reeeaally means to be a man. The journey is insightful, painfully awkward and hilarious. Joel’s one-liner commentary of the world around him is laugh out loud funny and the love he has for his wife and son permeates the entire story making this book impressively poignant, funny and heart-warmingly sweet.
I have a feeling you’re going to love Man Made. Pick it up and let me know what you think.
I just finished reading This is Where I Leave You on a recent beach vacation and LOVED it. And in the off chance that all caps was too subtle, allow me to clarify, I LOVED IT.
In a nutshell, it is about a family of grown children and their mother (reluctantly) sitting shiva after the death of their father. It follows one of the sons, Judd, and we see the ins and outs of love and family in a way that is frank, honest, cynical and full of heart.
This was the kind of book you read slowly for fear it will end too soon. Jonathan Tropper is one of those writers who has the ability to make you laugh, cry, question everything you know about and love, and remind you that you are not alone all in a single page. 300+ pages later, you are left with the feeling of having been a part of these people’s lives, and more, their family. Their weird, dysfunctional, loving, messed up and oddly familiar family.
I highly recommend picking up This is Where I Leave You this summer! If you do, let me know what you think of it in the comments below. Also, let me know if there are any books you think I should check out 🙂
** I wouldn’t suggest this book for people under college age, not because it’s a difficult read but because it is rather adult pertaining to both sex and life experience as a whole. 20s and up, I’d say.