Here are two books about men behaving weirdly and a guide to better manly behavior.
Emily Post's Essential Manners for Men: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why (William Morrow) by Peter Post is a practical, to-the-point guide; some items fall into the "well, duh" category (don't leave the toilet paper roll empty), but tips on coaching your kids' teams, writing email and texts, and hosting a dinner party are clear and smart.
Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity (Grand Central) by Joel Stein, Time's humor columnist, is the saga of a man who learns his wife is pregnant with a son and decides he should catch up on all the macho stuff he's never done: boot camp, firefighting, day trading, boxing.
Man of War: My Adventures in the World of Historical Reenactment (Hudson Street) by Charlie Schroeder is a comic memoir about the year the author spent delving into history by reliving it, authentic underwear and all, from a Roman fort in Arkansas to a Viet Cong village in Virginia.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor