Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity
By Joel Stein
(Grand Central Publishing, $27)
Joel Stein, the humor columnist for Time, has always favored Broadway ballads over brawn and the climate-controlled indoors to the unpredictable wiles of nature. When his son, Laszlo, is born, Stein attempts to man up by taking on activities worthy of the Spike TV prime-time lineup: hunting, boot camp, day-trading and even five minutes in the cage with a United Fighting Championship legend. From his hilarious and poignant “manventures,” Stein realizes that what he most wants to pass on to his son isn’t machismo but a sense of safety and confidence that will embolden Laszlo to take risks — and to learn from those experiences as Stein has.