The smudge looked suspiciously penis- like. The doctor confirmed: "That's the baby's penis!" which caused not celebration, but panic. Joel pictured having to go camping and fix a car and use a hammer and throw a football and watch professionals throw footballs and figure out whether to be sad or happy about the results of said football throwing.
So begins his quest to confront his effete nature whether he likes it or not (he doesn't), by doing a twenty-four-hour shift with L.A. firefighters, going hunting, rebuilding a house, driving a Lamborghini, enduring three days of boot camp with the U.S. Army, day-trading with $100,000, and going into the ring with UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Seeking help from a panel of experts, including his manly father-in-law, Boy Scouts, former NFL star Warren Sapp, former MLB All-Star Shawn Green, Adam Carolla, and a pit bull named Hercules, he expects to learn that masculinity is defined not by the size of his muscles, but by the size of his heart (also, technically, a muscle). This is not at all what he learns.
I loved this book Joel! Hope it makes you lots of money so you will write another one!55
One of the funniest books I've read in a long time. Hilarious even if you can't relate to Joel Stein's feelings on manliness, which I can. I've already recommended it to a number of people and plan to continue doing so.55
I thought I was reading my own autobiography. Very enlightening and extremely humorous.45
Hilarious and touching this should be mandatory reading for this generations new dads. The author puts into words what we have experienced and ultimately makes you appreciate what a fulfilling journey manhood can be.55
If you like his column you will love the book.55
I'm only at page 150 but, I just wanted to say that this is just ridiculously funny. Buy it.55