From Schlub to Stud: How to Embrace Your Inner Mensch and Conquer the Big City

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2008 - Humor - 174 pages
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Knocked Up revealed that schlubs really can become studs--here's how! For years after college, Max Gross was a schlubby ne'er-do-well sporting an unwieldy Jewfro. He fought off double-chins and man-boobs. His style of dress was reminiscent of a stoned urban slacker. Young Max Gross truly was hapless in a big city. He was seemingly without luck or hope. He had bedbugs, a bad break-up, and an audit by the IRS that threatened to break his soul. But he had heart (as well as two nagging parents). When Gross saw the smash comedy Knocked Up, he realized his day might have arrived. All these years of being a world-class schlub would finally pay off. Thinking quickly, Gross wrote an article about the phenomenon and soon found true love. In this hilarious memoir-cum-guidebook, our curly-headed hero shares his story and offers suggestions on leaving home (the bedbugs and consequent breakup forced a move back to his parents' loving arms), losing weight (but not too much), dressing well, playing poker to fulfill the typical schlub obsession with being good at sports, and much more. Naturally, the quest to find the right woman is of critical importance, and Gross expounds on this thoroughly. Readers will come away from the book enlightened, informed, and laughing hysterically.

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From Schlub to Stud: How to Embrace Your Inner Mensch and Conquer the Big City

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Most readers will recognize, if only in the unlikely celebrity of Knocked Up's Seth Rogan, Gross's self-applied title, the schlub: "Someone a little unkempt. A little out of shape. A little clumsy. A ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leah F. - Borders

I loved this book. I laughed out loud. A very talented writer. Read full review


Finding a Vocation 15
A Room with a Jew 38
Growing Up Gross 72
Sports and Manliness 96
A Balanced Diet 113
Schlub and Taxes 132
Bugging Out 150
Epilogue 168

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About the author (2008)

Max Gross is a staff reporter for The New York Post, where his article "Schlub You the Right Way" was published. His occasional column "The Hapless Jewish Writer" appears in The Forward. He lives in Queens, New York.

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