Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThe author of the bestselling How to Avoid Love and Marriage here tells how he did notand, what's more, how he became a glad father at age 40. An advocate of freedom and fun, Greenburg never wanted to be a parent until his second wife, Suzanne, changed his mind. With pungent wit and genuine emotion, he delivers almost a step-by-step account of the events leading up to the birth of his son and the rejoicing when Zack was finally at home, making himself the beloved center of life to his parents. The book weighs too heavily at times on complaints about fumbling hospital staffers, contractors failing to make promised additions to the Greenburgs' apartment and country house, etc., but it is touching and frequently very funny. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo. (April)
Library Journal - Library JournalThis book brings to mind Bob Greene's bestseller, Good Morning, Merry Sunshine ( LJ 9/1/84), in that it relates the experience of pregnancy, birth, and infancy from the father's point of view. Greenburg ( How To Avoid Love and Marriage) depends on exaggeration for his humor. His irrational fears, reinforced by bizarre tabloid headlines, are somehow comfortably familiar. On the other hand most people will not relate to conflict with the full-time nanny or difficulty fitting baby equipment into the Porsche. The book is weakened by its arbitrary ending, but probably will appeal to some of Greene's audience. Suzanne Druehl, Little Rock P.L., Ark.
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