Pops by Michael Chabon


“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 turni...

Details Pops

Release DateMay 15th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Autobiography, Memoir, Parenting, Short Stories

Reviews Pops

  • 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 never to have children as they g away the needed time and concentration to write. Much humor here.Four children later he writes about his role as a father, his role as a male femsnist with two daughters of his own. Looks back to his own mother and fat...
  • 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, (Part II: Fatherhood). It was good, and some of the essays were great even. But like a lame, awkward untwisting of the old the Woody Allen joke from Annie Hall: "Boy, the stories in this book weren't bad," "Yeah, I know; and such small portions." Well,...
  • 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 his work and his conduct. Listened to over two hours and change of chores and food prep, Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces is a stellar audiobook compilation of Chabon's reflections on fatherhood. Though I'm more familiar with Chabon's fiction, he does a sple...
  • Scott
    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 before - although his The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a 'to-read' and has gathering dust on my bookshelf for a few years - I'm now kind of curious about his other work.Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces pretty much lays it out right there in the t...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    Michael Chabon's been one of my favourites for years, but I don't think he was in my top 5 until a couple of years ago when I read his piece "The Old Ball Game" on his website. It's a beautiful piece about baseball and family that always brings a tear to my eye, and firmly established him in my mind as a writer of another calibre. I'm so excited it's been included here. Chabon's not a sentimentalist, but his writing is shot through with compassio...
  • Scott Foley
    Pops is a very slim collection of nonfiction essays.  I particularly enjoy Chabon's nonfiction because he is unafraid.  He addresses topics that would scare most authors.  Specifically, he has no issues admitting that fatherhood, and manhood for that matter, is a bit of a work in progress for him.  Even though none of us have it figured out, he readily admits that fact.Remember, Chabon is a world-renowned Pulitzer Prize winner.  He should ha...
  • SueKich
    Top of the Pops.A slender book of essays on fatherhood by my favourite author. I only wish this had been longer. Warm, witty and wise, each piece has something recognisable to say about parenthood and says it in such a way that will bring a smile to the face or a tear to the eye. Ah, Michael Chabon, how wonderfully you write…
  • Zach
    Every book from Chabon is a gift. This one is a collection of short pieces on fatherhood. I'd read most of them before. They're all worth re-reading.
  • Keen
    3.5 Stars!“If none of my books turn out to be among that bright remnant because I allowed my children to steal my time, narrow my compass, and curtail my freedom, I’m all right with that. Once they’re written, my books, unlike my children, hold no wonder for me; no mystery resides in them. Unlike my children, my books are cruelly unforgiving of my weaknesses, failings, and flaws of character. Most of all, my books, unlike my children, do no...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces by Michael Chabon is a very highly recommended collection of seven short essays. It is a sheer pleasure to reads these essays all thematically linked to fatherhood. There are poignant, funny, contemplative, and universal moments in this short collection that will leave a lasting impression on the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole collection.Contents include:The Opposite of Writing: Chabon, father of four, contempla...
  • Jim Brennan
    Michael Chabon writes stories about his experiences in fatherhood in the style of a mesmerizing novelist. He describes characters and settings with the perfection of an author who sees what most mortals overlook. The opening story, Little Man, about taking his teenage son to Paris fashion week, is endearing even if you have no interest in fashion, which I had little before I read the story and then became self-conscious about my attire. Chabon ha...
  • Robert
    There is no question in my mind that Michael Chabon is our nation's finest writer, writing today. He is incapable of writing anything that is banal or half-hearted. This tiny book (only 127 pages) is another example of originality, empathy and self-awareness that astonishes me. It's not the first time that he has written about fatherhood, but his son is now 13 and the "show-stopper" at the Men's Fashion Show in Paris (while Chabon is supposed to ...
  • Aaron
    My wife gave me this book for Fathers Day. We’re both Chabon fans and this one doesn’t disappoint, at least not in terms of being well written by Chabon. But, it gets 4 stars for the following reasons: 1) It is all reprinted articles from various magazines, although that, in itself, is not worthy of removing a star 2) For a book of essays, it’s entirely too short. I need more! and 3) I’m still angry about the ending of ‘Against Dickitud...
  • Chuck Sherman
    I've read a lot of Chabon, but all fiction, so it was interesting to read some of his non-fiction. Just before his first novel was written, a great writer (unnamed) gave him what the author considered his most important piece of advice to be a good novelist: don't have children. This series of essays reveal why he thinks having his four kids was better. "my books, unlike my children, do not love me back." this is a very intimate revealing look at...
  • Lillian
    Reading Chabon is like listening to a symphony. His prose washes over and through me and fills me with happiness. He is such an amazing writer. Much like his previous collection of essays, Manhood For Amateurs, he is deeply serious and reflective about fatherhood. Yet this portrait is more intimate such that by the end I felt his children and I had become friends.The signature piece written initially for the September 2016 issue of GQ magazine wh...
  • Julia
    This is seven essays on being a parent to his four children and a son to his father. In the first essay he brings his fashion- forward 13 year- old son to Paris Men’s Fashion Week. Where Chabon Sr. finds the whole thing a massive waste of time, his son finds his people there. In “Be Cool or Be Cast Out,” Chabon relates as a twelve- year old, he had a t-shirt made reading ‘Libertine,’ which he chose to define as freethinker, not male slu...
  • Grace
    “After he’s gone into that all too imaginable darkness— soon enough now— I will have found another purpose for the superpower that my father discovered in me, one evening half a century ago, riding the solitary rails of my imagination into our mutual story, into the future we envisioned and the history we actually accumulated; into the vanished world that once included him.”Precisely the book that I needed to read at this moment in my j...
  • Brett Yanta
    There is a distinct excitement I feel, a unique thrill, when there are new Michael Chabon works to read. I love his love of language, the joy and precision with which he crafts sentences, and the care and thought he gives into everything. So much of this work was not only a pleasure to read, but touching and heartfelt looks at fatherhood from both sides of it. I particularly loved The Old Ball Game and Against Dickitude, and was really touched by...
  • Don Gorman
    (3). I m normally not a short story kind of guy and I have had some trouble in the past getting through Chabon's novels, but the review of this book resonated with me so I got it from the library. It came at the right time, right after Tom Wolfe passed away and I was ready to revisit some of his works. This is a nice little collection. Two of the stories, the longer ones about his son and his father are really touching and insightful. Chabon is v...
  • Craig
    4.5 Stars
  • John Lamb
    Wish it was longer.
  • Patty
    I had to read Pops after hearing an interview that went deeper into these short essays about Michael Chabon's father, whom he loved and admired, and his desire to be not just be a father but an attentive father. A father that can surround his children with love and understanding. https://www.npr.org/2018/05/21/612994...Through his experiences, as told in these essays, we learn that "Unlike my own father, I would be around for my children whenever...
  • Zachary Houle
    I once heard a remark, presumably attributed to Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, that you can do two out of three things in life: be a writer, have a job that supports your writing until you “make it,” and have children. You can be a writer and have a job, but cannot have children at the same time. You can also have children and have a job, but cannot sustain yourself as a writer. I’m not sure if that’s true or not, or if Atwood is indeed...
  • Vel Veeter
    In this short series of essays about fatherhood, Michael Chabon continues his stately dominance as the world’s greatest liberal dad. It’s an interesting position, because, even though I am kind of making fun, he does have a really earnestness about him and his writing on fatherhood–and most of his books are about fatherhood in various way, and the writing is good. But like with most earnestly written things, I have a kind of desire to call ...
  • Maurice Tougas
    Michael Chabon is, as far as I know, some kind of ultra-acclaimed writer of fiction. I know he's famous enough to have been a guest voice on The Simpsons, but that's about the extent of my knowledge about Chabon. According the the blurbs on the back of his new book, Pops, Chabon, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is "an extraordinarily generous writer", and "a wildly gifted stylist", etc. So they say.This book (and I use the term loosely; it's all of 127 ...
  • Nathan
    This terse collections of essays (most of which were separately published in various publications) reflect Chabon’s gift of thoughtful, reflective writing. No question there.My feeling (and I grant you that, perhaps, it’s a pessimistic and untrue feeling, but one that I harbor all the same) is that this book was a (fairly) easy cash-grab by his publisher. “Hey, let’s take those minimally-related essays and make sure Chabon’s name is on ...
  • Matt Graupman
    It seems appropriate, with Father’s Day just a few days away, that I would spot this slim collection of essays on the library shelf. Just last week I heard Michael Chabon being interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air” about “Pops” and - voila! - now I’ve finished it. Chabon has carved a little niche for himself as a sensitive, witty, and intelligent author (a “beta male,” as some alt-right bros would hastily label him) an...
  • jeremy
    i'd happily read anything from the pen of michael chabon (how has he not yet written a non-fiction book about baseball?!), though his new collection of essays, pops: fatherhood in pieces, is too slight an outing to be wholly satisfying. containing seven short pieces, all but one of which were previously published, pops finds the pulitzer prize winner musing upon his son's predilection for fashion (as recounted in the anchor piece which appeared o...
  • Danny Daley
    I make it a point to read on fatherhood, but I never read the pop-psychology stuff. I prefer fatherhood memoirs, especially by gifted prose stylists, because these books are more descriptive and insightful rather than the presumptuous prescriptions one might find in the "how to" fatherhood manuals that clutter bookshops. I knew Chabon would have a charming, clumsy, and entertaining take on the task, and I was not disappointed. This book can be re...