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
GenreWriting, Essays, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Parenting, Audiobook

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...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Matt Fitz
    Michael Chabon is two things off the top of my head. An intense author with sharp wit and sometimes caustic comedy and he's also a lightning rod for controversy - intentionally. I've enjoyed his novels and this short collection of essays where he muses on fatherhood (perfect timing with Fathers Day approaching) as the father of four as well as his relationship with his own father. Get ready for some deep thinking about a 21st century father who s...
  • Clio
    Goodish short essays on dadhood. I've been reading a lot about momhood since becoming a mom a year and a half ago. (I like the what-it's-like-to-be-a-mom books a lot better than the mom-advice-for-perfecting=yourself-and-your-children books.) This is like a what-it's-like-to-be-a-dad book. I'm not a dad but I love me some good dads, and I checked out the audiobook read by Michael Chabon himself from the library after hearing his interview with Te...
  • 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...
  • Mike Jozic
    I enjoy Michael Chabon's memoir writing. I probably prefer it to his novels where he tends to use a more florid prose style which, invariably, gets on my nerves after a while. There's an honesty and simplicity to these stories that I really appreciate. The book could have easily fallen to overly sentimental musings on the pitfalls and rewards of fatherhood but Chabon keeps it grounded and personal. Some of the stories are lighter, others have som...
  • 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...
  • Gerard
    Michael Chabon, auteur van misschien wel de grappigste Amerikaanse roman uit de jaren 90 (Wonderboys) en slechter van genrebegrenzingen (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay) is ook een zeer begenadigd essayist die met zekere regelmaat het eigen leven en functioneren onder de loep neemt. Nu is het de beurt aan het vaderschap. Het resultaat is meer dan geslaagd. Op ontwapenende wijze maakt hij een ontroerend en grappig portret van zichzelf ...
  • Karin Schott
    On page 61 of my advance reader there is a stain from my lunch. So engrossed in Chabon's musings on living in the Berkeley Bubble, the food, a sweet potato, kale concoction, slipped from my fork and fell on the page. There might be a chocolate stain in the chapter "Be Cool or be Cast Out"Most definitely a coffee stain in the chapter "Little Man"I couldn't help myself. This little book has followed me through each meal, but so engrossed was I that...
  • Lovely Loveday
    Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces by Michael Chabon is a touching read about a father who takes his thirteen-year-old son to men's fashion week in Paris. Michael is the typical father who shops at thrift stores for vintage western shirts or Hermès neckties. His son Abraham, is the complete opposite who loves fashion and famous designers. This remarkable story is sure to warm your heart and stay with you long after reading. A lovely father and son story...
  • Jordan
    As ever with books by Michael Chabon, I had to lie down for a little while to contemplate just how brilliant and how unattainable his writing is. Honestly he could probably write out a shopping list every day for a year and I’d similarly laugh and wail through every word. This was so heartwarming and punctuated with distilled Chabon wit that had me grinning like a loon. My only problem with it was that there were only 126 pages, when I could ha...
  • Matt Holsapple
    Michael Chabon is one of my favorite writers, but other people's children are just not interesting. Neither are other people's musings on their children. There were moments of real insight at a couple points, but in general this book of essays was uninteresting to me. Though I didn't enjoy this book that much, it gains a star from me for being short. Too many books cram extraneous crap into them, and it is a welcome surprise to see a book that un...
  • Miles
    A good quick read, collecting several of Chabon’s non-fiction essays, mostly musing on different aspects of family relationships. “Little Man,” a piece about taking his son to fashion week in Paris, is the clear standout for me, although I enjoyed all of them. Chabon is a gifted writer with some well crafted insights about fatherhood and his children. I also enjoyed “Pops,” describing his childhood memories accompanying his father on hi...