How To Be a Man:
Scenes From a Protracted Boyhood
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"Smart, funny, interesting..."
--Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post

"Beller can write his butt off."
--Donnell Alexander in The San Francisco Chronicle

"A supremely enjoyable collection of essays written in clear, often very funny prose."
--Adrienne Day, in Time Out New York

"Not since I first read Joseph Mitchell have I felt so vividly and beautifully transported to the streets of New York. Thomas Beller is a chronicler of his own life but also of the life of the city, and there's a quality of unbridled curiosity to his work which make his essays shimmer with comedy and insight and exuberance. I absolutely loved this book."
--Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir!

"The best sections of his book . . . call to mind Raymond Carver in their clarity of language and subdued emotion. A fine collection of essays that will resonate with many."
--Publishers Weekly

"Elegant descriptions and sophisticated insights that evince the hipness you expect from a lifelong New Yorker and a sweetness and intimacy you might not."
--Carole Goldberg in The Hartford Courant

"An enjoyably mature read."
--Gilbert Cruz, Entertainment Weekly

" Beller's smooth prose and insightful analyses will appeal to fans of good writing everywhere."
--Audrey Snowden, Library Journal

"Doesn't show how to be a man so much as a mensch."
--Jacob Heilbrunn, New York Times Book Review

"These quite marvelous and darkly hilarious personal essays derive their power from a shameless honesty, often about the most shameful moments, which suddenly reveal a luminous upside in the author's comic retelling. Together they give us a privileged view of how curiously attenuated and winding, for many a young American male, is the long march to maturity."
--Phillip Lopate, author of Getting Personal, and Waterfront

"Each meticulous sentence is a crooked finger that lures the reader deeper into his darkly funny world."
--Lauren Gilchrist,
Columbia Spectator


Editors' Choice: New York Times Book Review,



Table of Contents


Manhattan Ate My Car (read)

The Costume Party

Mother Goes to Hollywood (read)

Chemistry Set

The Drummer

The Birthday Suit

Portrait Of The Bagel As AYoung Man

The Problem with T-Shirts

A Biker in the City

Turtles In New York

The Breakup

The Tryout

Addicted To Love

The Last Days of Shakespeare & Company (read)

Scenes From a Playground

A Bike Messenger in the City

Strip Club

A Car Is Not A Castle

Walking The Dog

The Floating Armoire