Perhaps its a sign of the post-post-metrosexual backlash, but book publishers seem to be busier than ever cranking out man-uals to help modern men talk, act and fix things the way our forefathers once did (from, say, the 1920s through 1980). Weve compared a few of the more recent offerings to cross our desk.
The book: “Brocabulary: The New Man-i-festo of Dude Talk,” Daniel Maurer (October 2008, Collins Living: $14.95)
Who’s reading: Eighth-grade boys
Man-tra: Lame puns = male bonding
Mildly useful: “Alcofall”: an injury that occurs due to excessive alcohol consumption.
Don’t bother: The Disadvantages of Manties (Man Panties)
Idols: Brody Jenner, Seth (B)rogen
Um, really? Fellabrate means to celebrate with the fellas, and chilliards is a game of billiards played for the purposes of chilling with your bros.
Obligatory beer reference: the killing of a beer. (Collins Living)
The book: “The Retrosexual Manual: How to Be a Real Man,” Dave Besley (Prion: $24.95)
Who’s reading: Beer-swilling, emasculated rugby players in the U.K.
Man-tra: The 1970s = the Golden Age of Man
Mildly useful: Urinal etiquette (if only to avoid getting beaten to a pulp in the mens room by a drunken Retrosexual)
Don’t bother: Recipes for a Retrosexual. Sample: Curry fry whatever you have and add some supermarket curry sauce.
Idols: Steve McQueen, Michael Caine as Alfie
Um, really? Foreplay Get her to send a text when shes ready. Youll be down at the pub.
Obligatory beer reference: A retrosexual is permitted to drink the following beverages: beer, lager, whisky, vodka and a Baileys if someone has left it unfinished on the bar. (Prion Books)
The book: “The Man Book: Booze, Boobs, and Baseball a Kick-Ass Guide,” Otto DeFay (St. Martins Griffin: $12.95)
Who’s reading: Sports fans who consistently win bar trivia contests
Man-tra: Knowledge = power
Mildly useful: Ten things to say to ease the tension of your next prostate exam
Don’t bother: Chapter 1: A Thousand Names for Your Penis
Idols: Chuck Yeager, Wayne Gretzky
Um, really? Catwoman tops the list of Hottest Animated Women (beating out Jessica Rabbit probably just by a whisker).
Obligatory beer reference: Top beer-drinking countries the Czech Republic is No. 1. (St. Martin’s Griffin)
The book: “The Mans Manual: Poker Secrets, Beer Lore, Waitress Hypnosis and Much, Much More!,” Gregg Stebben (Skyhorse Publishing: $12.95)
Who’s reading: Aspiring Mr. Fix-Its theres actually useful information in here.
Man-tra: Power tools = power
Mildly useful: How to clean a filthy fridge using a pickup truck and a carwash
Don’t bother: How to grow a huge, disgusting ball-shaped belly
Idols: MacGyver, Ty Pennington
Um, really? Learning how to swallow a sword involves learning how to swallow something called a guiding tube.
Obligatory beer reference: Lite beers have fewer calories than regular beer, but theyll get you just as drunk and just as quickly. (Skyhorse Publishing)