A Total Hot Mess of Bookage | Books for Dudes

Transylvania Detective Squad

The BFD picks of December include a detective novel set in the afterlife; a book of poetic short stories all about faraway conflicts; three nonfiction titles about teamwork, heroism, and how far being nice can get you; a lifelong Sasquatch hunt; and Matt Sumell’s wicked rockin’ debut novel.

Year-End Extravaganza: Top 11 Books of 2014 | Books for Dudes

Ploughmen

Douglas Lord picks the top 11 dudely books of 2014.

Violence in Sports, Mortality, Military Biography, and More | Books for Dudes

Five

This month the Books for Dudes nonfiction coverage is overwhelmingly awesome, but let me tell you it came at a price. There was nearly a revolt by the BFD unionized staff, and I also had to authorize buttloads of overtime. What, you think this kind of curated content comes cheap? Anyhow we plumbed the depths […]

Selecting a Camel: A How-To | Books for Dudes

Consumed

Somewhere between Heinrich Böll’s Murke’s Collected Silences and Rachel Ingalls’ Mrs. Caliban I realized how much readers bring of themselves into what they read. How can an author be sure that their work will be interpreted the way they intended? I thought more, realizing about midway through John Updike’s Rabbit Angstrom novels that, of course, […]

Robert Rotstein Q&A | Books for Dudes

Author-Credit Glen La Ferman

Books for Dudes International HQ recently had the extreme good fortune to read Robert Rotstein’s compulsively awesome novel Reckless Disregard: A Parker Stern Novel (Seventh Street). It’s the second book (following 2013’s Corrupt Practices) to feature lawyer Parker Stern and like Corrupt Practices, Reckless Disregard is a legal thriller with a lead character who has […]

Hollywood History, a Funky Mayor, and Unicycling Across America | Books for Dudes

Of All the Gin Joints

Life is far, far too short to spend it doing crap. While your days don’t have to be jam-packed with meaning and spiritual fulfillment, spending time with crap people doing crap things eating crap food is an American institution that needs to end. Begone, your big-box store fashions, your fast-food-franchise gluttony, your crap coffee, and […]

Gentlemen, Start Your Hammocks! | Books for Dudes

Playboy's Lesson

Part of being a dude in the summer is mowing the lawn and then kicking back in a hammock with a beer and the latest biography of Don Knotts. Or maybe the new David Foster Wallace Reader, or any of the selections below. We got a coupla thrillahs, some triathlon awesomeness, some comic bookage, a […]

Manners, Meals, and Mayhem | Books for Dudes

Summer on the Short Bus

This month’s BFD is a compendium of titles that defy overall categorization other than “man appeal.”

Writers Who Completely Suck

Suicide

Books for Dudes goes in search of books that do something…and definitely do not suck.

Beatles Freaks, A Manhood Manual, and the Tour de France | Books for Dudes

beatles

Did curiosity kill the cat? It might have— it’s taking the fifth. But everyone tends to forget the rest of the aphorism: “And satisfaction brought it back.” In Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin wrote, “Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on […]

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