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Posted June 6, 2012
I stumbled onto Dan Zevin at a moment in time where I was beatin
I stumbled onto Dan Zevin at a moment in time where I was beating myself up regularly. I grappled with “keeping it real” while acknowledging that I did like to out for a nice dinner over Taco Bell and I dreaded general admission concerts. Dan put everything into perspective in a humorous way which allowed me to sleep easier knowing that I wasn’t the only one with these personal inner-voice struggles.
As someone deciding whether or not to take that next step in life and reproduce, Zevin’s new book Dan Gets a Minivan, couldn’t be more timely. I pre-ordered the book to assure its arrival on the earliest possible day. Once again, Zevin comes through.
Dan Gets a Minivan demystifies a lot of questions that me and the wife have been struggling with. We repeated go through the same hypotheticals. Would we get a SUV or really get that minivan? How do you find a nanny? Is moving to the burbs “selling out”?
Through great wit and observations, Dan Zevin provides the manual for the next step in my life. I guess it helps that we are in the same age demographic. He takes ownership of becoming a suburban dad and wears it like a badge of courage, letting the readers know all along the way that he hasn’t lost himself in parenthood. More so, he’s bettered himself.
Zevin seems to provide handbooks for each stage of life from your first job out of college to parenthood. These should be mandatory reading at certain birthdays, perhaps the start of each decade 20’s, 30’s, etc. For me, this is money and time well spent. The kids, burbs, and aging joints seem less scary since reading Dan Gets a Minivan. I guess I only have a decade or so to wait for the next needed handbook—transitioning into the AARP. I only wish Zevin would’ve written an adolescent book because I could’ve definitely used a handbook for those ages. If these topics don’t interest ya, I’d say check it out if you happen enjoy laughing because Zevin is quite the funny guy.
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Posted July 6, 2012
My kids and I bought Dan Zevin’s hilarious book as a Fathe
My kids and I bought Dan Zevin’s hilarious book as a Father’s Day gift for my husband, who loved it. Being the primary minivan driver in the family, I thought I might like it too. I brought it along to my daughter’s soccer practice, and actually read it in my minivan while I waited for her! Now, I can’t wait for each kid’s next practice so I can read another chapter! Zevin’s book captures all the complications of family life with humor and understanding.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
My favorite chapter is “The Day I Turned into my Father,” which chronicles Dan’s life changing trip to Costco with his Dad. While Dan is drawn like a magnet to the cases of bottled water that he can’t really fit in his already crowded townhouse, he comes to understand his Dad and their relationship in a deeper way. Zevin’s book is filled with moments like this; when everyday experiences help us see the bigger picture of our lives.
Posted June 21, 2012
The easiest thing to say about "Dan Gets a Minivan - Life a
The easiest thing to say about "Dan Gets a Minivan - Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad" is that it's funny. Because it is. Relentlessly so.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
But, just as importantly, it is intelligent, sensitive and amazingly perceptive. A parent who has had their lives in any way transformed after creating little haywire facsimiles of themselves will not help but recognize their own journey at some point in this book.
Where most parent-humorists (especially men) clamber to portray themselves as incapable klutzes; Dan demonstrates a stay-at-home dad can be as hysterical and smart as he is competent.
Posted June 19, 2012
As a 25 year old with lives in a city with no wife and no kids,
As a 25 year old with lives in a city with no wife and no kids, ‘Dan Gets A Minivan’ made me far less weary about being an ‘adult.’ Chapter 1 (My Cup Holders Runneth Over) put a smile on my face that lasted till the end of the book. His descriptions of instances, like the time when he dropped his iPhone in his dogs you know what while being handed a ticket in the park, are side splitting (Chapter 2; Every Dog Has His Day (In Court)).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Zevin also does a great job of using humor while describing the more intimate and touching moments in his life, such as his interactions with his father at Costco. Zevin writes about how he learns a lot from his father and strives to be the same kind of person.
‘Dan Gets A Minivan’ is a must read.
Posted June 2, 2012
After reading this book, I am far less wary of commitment, the s
After reading this book, I am far less wary of commitment, the suburbs, Disneyland, children, and yes, minivans. I love how the author normalizes all of these things for those of us who are skeptical, and makes them seem (gasp) appealing, even. There are these parts that are really insightful about what it means to grow a little older and reassess priorities, but because of how endlessly hilarious the book is (I particularly like the section about the author's epic and life-changing trip to CostCo. with his father) it never feels heavy-handed, and I was definitely rooting for the author to come to terms with all of his life changes (and in some ways, coming to terms with my own life changes while I read along). This is a book I will be giving to just about everyone I know who has kids--and even a bunch who don't, but who appreciate good writing, good humor, and a tour of what seems to be the Cadillac of minivans.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 31, 2012
In a testament to this book's addictive hilarity, on this glorio
In a testament to this book's addictive hilarity, on this glorious spring morning, I chose to forgo my easy 15-minute bike ride to work in favor of a 30-minute stinking rush-hour subway commute so I could cram in a few more pages. Seriously can't put it down. It's side-splitting, and also comforting and humanizing about all the minor and not-so-minor humiliations of aging and parenting and things just not ending up as you imagined they would when you were 25 (and clueless). Despite the author's insistance that he no longer gives a sh*t (Chapter 3), the book is evidence of a thoughtful, observant and wonderfully cheeky mind. Read it now!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.