Man of the Year by Lou Cove

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Read Man of the Year Online Free - For one 1970’s family, the center may not hold, but it certainly does fold.

In 1978 Jimmy Carter mediates the Camp David Accords, Patti Smith tops charts with “Because the Night”, Suzanne Summers lets us all know that Three’s Company, too, and thirteen year-old Lou Cove’s free-thinking Jewish family moves from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to the Puritan wasteland of Salem, Massachusetts. His eighth move in ten years, Lou figures he should just resign himself to an adolescent purgatory of annoying paper routes, school bullies and endlessly being ignored by every girl he likes.

Then one October morning, as the New England leaves are just turning into “foliage” and the air gains a crisp bite, an old friend of Lou’s father, free-wheeling (and free-loving) Howie Gordon arrives at the Cove doorstep with his beautiful wife Jeremy in tow. At the tail end of a cross-country honeymoon with the whiff of Berkley at their backs, the young couple is in need of a place to “crash” for a few weeks, maybe months. Howie is everything Lou wants to be: handsome as a movie star, muscled like a god and in possession of an unstoppable confidence. Howie and Jeremy are a breath of fresh air for the Cove’s, imbuing the entire family with an energy and sense of adventure they didn’t even know they had lost.

Lou quickly becomes Hutch to Howie’s Starsky, talking late into the night as Howie explains the ways of the world (and women) to Lou over midnight joints on the roof, and joyrides around Boston. And then Howie drops a bombshell. At Thanksgiving dinner he holds up an issue of Play Girl Magazine, flips it to the center and there he is, Mr. November in all his natural glory. Howie has Hollywood in his sights and being Play Girl’s Mr. November is just the first step to being the next Burt Reynolds – now he needs to become Play Girl’s Man of the Year, and Howie knows just who should manage his campaign. As Lou and Howie canvas the uptight town of Salem, charming grandmas, school teachers and World War Two vets into voting for Howie, the Coves (and Salem) will never be the same again.

Man of the Year is the improbable true story of Lou’s thirteenth year, one very unusual campaign, and the unexpected guest who taught him to be a man. As the year unfolds, Lou must face the harsh realities that his family might also be going through its own growing pains, and the harder truth that sometimes parents are just people, too. Hilarious, heartwarming, poignant and yes, well-muscled, Man of the Year is a coming of age story we all can cheer for.

Title : Man of the Year
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ISBN : 1250123968
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Kevin rated it ★★★★★

June 16, 2017

Posted at Heradas Review "Howie is right: if we're all going to get whacked, what matters is who is standing beside you when the universe speaks your name. And it matters that you stand with them." You simply must read this memoir. It was fantastic, and genuinely one of my favorite reads of the yea...

Stephanie rated it ★☆☆☆☆

May 24, 2017

I was sucker punched by an interesting description, unfortunately attached to a purely terrible book. Massively dull and laden with awful, clumsy dialog - no humans on earth ever conversed like this, in any place or any decade. Instead of an actual sense of place, you get endless reminders of whe...

Dave rated it ★★★★☆

May 15, 2017

Man of the Year absolutely oozes with the Seventies, which for many has become something of a forgotten decade between the tumultuous Sixties and cocaine-infused, narcissistic Eighties. This coming-of-age story will be a blast to read for anyone who grew up during that time and is loaded with pop...

Gerard rated it ★★★★☆

May 31, 2017

Man of the Year is a hysterical memoir as seen through the eyes of 12 year old Lou who gets a lesson in growing up by an older family friend named Howie. Beginning in the late 70’s where bellbottoms, platform shoes, and polyester pants were all the rage, Lou and his family move from the comfort o...

Martha rated it ★★★★☆

August 20, 2017

How I feel about this book got increasingly murky the deeper I got into it. The writing is consistently strong and the emotions quite vivid, both the humor and the pain. But the further the story went, the more I found myself wondering what the point was. I guess that's the problem with snapshot...

Melinda rated it ★★★★★

June 02, 2017

Man of the Year was such a fantastic read. Every time I thought the story, based on Lou's life, was leading somewhere predictable in this coming of age tale, events unfold in a more natural and unexpected way. Especially with this unique and quirky premise, you may anticipate events to be overly...

Baer rated it ★★★★★

May 21, 2017

Lou Cove's memoir of his 12yo self as he becomes a teenager in '70s America is fabulous! So awesome, completely captures the hue of the '70s, but his travails are truly timeless. He really is able to pull you completely into his young teenage brain as he deals with girls, weed, his family, and Pl...

Jen rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 22, 2017

I read 1/2 of this book and was disappointed that I had to end it. I loved the era (I mean who doesn't love the 1070's) and the writing style. It was easy to read and follow but it was just too crude for me. I know, I know, the whole story line is about a centerfold in a Playgirl magazine. I was...

Jamie rated it ★★★☆☆

May 12, 2017

I would recommend this book based on the true-to-life, humorous memoir it is. I easily connected to the writing which made me feel like I was taking a stroll down memory lane with a good friend. Now I didn't grow up in the 70's's but I certainly felt the history fly off the pages in this good rea...

Rhonda rated it ★★★★★

May 12, 2017

A wonderful coming of age story full of nostalgia for me.Picked it up&was drawn right in,Thanks to Flat Iron &Goodreads for this wonderful trip down memory lane,

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