From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon comes Pops, a personal, intimate collection of essays on fatherhood. With his trademark gorgeous prose and insightful, tender observations, Chabon muses, often humorously, upon individuality and weirdness, feminism, teenage coolness, and more. Recommended By Jeremy G., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
"Magical prose stylist" Michael Chabon (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times) delivers a collection of essays — heartfelt, humorous, insightful, wise — on the meaning of fatherhood.
For the September 2016 issue of GQ, Michael Chabon wrote a piece about accompanying his son Abraham Chabon, then thirteen, to Paris Men's Fashion Week. Possessed with a precocious sense of style, Abe was in his element chatting with designers he idolized and turning a critical eye to the freshest runway looks of the season; Chabon Sr., whose interest in clothing stops at "thrift-shopping for vintage western shirts or Hermes neckties," sat idly by, staving off yawns and fighting the impulse that the whole thing was a massive waste of time. Despite his own indifference, however, what gradually emerged as Chabon ferried his son to and from fashion shows was a deep respect for his son's passion. The piece quickly became a viral sensation.
With the GQ story as its centerpiece, and featuring six additional essays plus an introduction, Pops illuminates the meaning, magic, and mysteries of fatherhood as only Michael Chabon can.
“Chabon expertly weaves together past and present events, infusing them with humor, pop culture, and profound observations.” Booklist, (Starred Review)
“Emotionally provocative.... [A] literary ode to parenting.” Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Deeply affecting.... Chabon is a gifted essayist whose narratives lead to unexpected and resonant conclusions. His work here packs an outsized emotional punch that will stick with readers significantly longer than it takes them to read this slim volume.” Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
About the Author
Michael Chabon is the author of two collections of short stories, A Model World and Werewolves in their Youth, the novels The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and Telegraph Avenue, and the non-fiction books Maps and Legends and Manhood for Amateurs. Wonder Boys has been made into a film starring Michael Douglas and Robert Downey Jr. and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, GQ, Esquire and Playboy. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and their four children.