In a series of essays, Chabon discusses fatherhood, marriage, divorce (from perspective of child and adult), Dr. Who, and the disturbing moment when you realize they are playing 80s music on oldies radio (sad in two ways--after all, where does the 1950s music then get shipped to?). These essays are enjoyable and as I read them I found myself wanting to get a copy for all the men in my life, particularly my brother. At the same time, I definitely need to go back and read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (I know, I should turn in my book nerd membership card for not having gotten to that one yet) because it seems like it must be an amazing book.
Genre: nonfiction, of the amusing navel-gazing family/life essay variety (but in a good way)
Good Plane or Waiting Around in Line Reading: Yes
Good Enough Reading to Keep You Distracted From Plane Movie/Obnoxious People on Plane: Yes
Can read when depressed and/or when winter: Yes, mostly--"The Heartbreak Kid" and particulary, "The Hand on My Shoulder" are kind of sad.
Will Make You Seem Smart, Hip, or Sensitive at Parties: Who am I kidding? I've never known what will make someone cool at parties... this bit of criteria will probably be retired, unless it is something about the book I feel annoyed about.