Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces

Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces

“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 Hermès 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.

Title:Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062834621
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About Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon (b. 1963) is an acclaimed and bestselling author whose works include the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel


    Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces Reviews

  • Diane S ?

    A small book of essays chronicling Chabon role as father. The first essay shows Chabon, not yet married, not yet a popular author receiving advice from a noted author. His main nugget of advice, was n...

  • Elyse

    Audiobook....read by Michael Chabon WORKS FOR ME!!!!!I’ve no complaints!!!!I could sit and listen to ‘both’ Michael and his lovely wife Ayelet Waldman talk about their family, their marriage, th...

  • Darwin8u

    "Once they're written, my books, unlike my children, hold no wonder for me; no mystery resides in them."- Michael Chabon, PopsFundamentally, this seems like a leaner, thinner, Manhood for Amateurs, (P...

  • Matthew Quann

    During a time in which the artist-vs-art debate has reached a fever pitch, it is positively delightful to discover that one of my favourite authors happens to be a guy worthy of admiration for both hi...

  • Bill  Kerwin

    In these eight brief essays, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon tells us stories about his teenage children and shares the vulnerability of parenthood: what it feels like to be reduced to ...

  • Scott S.

    This was another impulse grab at the library's new (accent on new - like only five days old!) release shelf which turned out to be quite the unexpected pleasure. I had never read anything by Chabon be...

  • Violet wells

    I haven't actually read this. It's an indication of how ridiculously prodigious is Chabon's output that he's written two books about fatherhood. I mistakenly thought I was reading this; in fact I've j...

  • Kathleen

    This charming set of short stories focusing on families and fatherhood have been previously published in an assortment of journals—GQ, atlantic.com, and Details. Chabon’s excellent writing and nov...

  • Toni

    Have you ever read a small book, 8 essays say, and written 2-3 pages on the review? You finally say to yourself, "wtf am I doing, no one wants to read all this!" I read through Michael Chabon's charmi...

  • Rachel Len

    A slim book that has some great essays in it. It's only 127 (tiny) pages though, so it feels pretty incomplete and not like a real book. ...