Like Father, like Son

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The son of bestselling author Robert Fulghum illuminates his own quixotic generation in this warm, witty, and wise collection of stories on being a man at midlife in America. What makes a memorable moment? Where is your one true love? And why do little boys have such a hard time with toilet training? Life is full of events that inspire laughter, provoke deep emotions, or just make you stop and scratch your head - sometimes all at the same time. Like Father, Like Son is about experiencing life even when you feel ...
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Overview

The son of bestselling author Robert Fulghum illuminates his own quixotic generation in this warm, witty, and wise collection of stories on being a man at midlife in America. What makes a memorable moment? Where is your one true love? And why do little boys have such a hard time with toilet training? Life is full of events that inspire laughter, provoke deep emotions, or just make you stop and scratch your head - sometimes all at the same time. Like Father, Like Son is about experiencing life even when you feel there may not be much happening. It's about remembering how you lied to your date's dad about your intentions toward his daughter as well as planning for the day when your daughter's date lies to you. It's about mailbox vandals and poker, barbecue and ear piercing - the real moments in life, both lunatic and serene.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Following in the footsteps of his father, known principally for the bestseller All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Hunter Fulghum (Sam to family and friends) presents a collection of sweet, if bland, essays. His principal topic is his two children, eight-year-old daughter Sarah and five-year-old son Max, who was born with a heart defect remedied by surgery. As he relates his family's successes and failures, their joy and gloom, his children's adventures in learning to live with each other, with friends and, above all, with parents, Fulghum recalls his own early life, a happy one despite his parents' divorce, since he acquired a loving stepfather. Also figuring in his musings is his working wife, Marie, more pragmatic and less sentimental than he, whose comment on the "wonder and beauty" of childbirth is: "That's malarkey. It hurt like hell, but it was worth it." Those who enjoy feel-good reading will revel in this book. Author tour. (May)
Library Journal
Fulghum, son of well-known author Robert Fulghum (All I Really Needed To Know I Learned in Kindergarten, LJ 10/1/88), has produced a work like those of his father. We have here some 40-odd stories of around six pages each taken from the author's own experiences. Whether writing about dealing with the birth of a child, the death of a stepparent, or so much in between-an infant's open-heart surgery, falling in love, a woman's collection of cosmetics-Fulghum proves he is a skilled storyteller. This is the sort of volume that one pulls from the shelf every now and then for inspiration, help, and entertainment as one seeks to find the deeper meaning of everyday events. Highly recommended.-John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Libs., New York
Kirkus Reviews
A collection of short, sometimes pungent essays from another Fulghum—this one thirtysomething and less inclined to moralizing.

Hunter Fulghum is the son of Robert (All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, 1988, etc.), who provides an introduction for this volume with a charming anecdote about Hunter as a youngster; but true to form, he can't resist incorporating a lesson: "Christmas is where you look for it." Hunter echoes his father's style—making the most of the ordinary—but uses his observations to recall the surprises that awaited him as the father of Sarah, now eight years old, and Max, the terrorist-in-training, now five. Like more and more fathers, Hunter spent some time as the primary parent and views his children with the tolerance born of years of cleaning up bodily effluent, which he describes in more colorful and usually four-letter terms like "barf." He reflects long and often on the differences between the two children and concludes—fearless of the PC police—that they must be gender- based: Sarah likes pink, stuffed animals, and games about relationships; Max likes clutter, Legos, and his tool kit. Other essays range from the frothy (a consideration of his wife's pots of cosmetic potions) through the provocative (a sharp critique of the men's back-to-the-woods movement) to the deeply felt (a homage to his stepfather, John, who launched Hunter into his career as an engineer). Also worthy of comment: barbecues, ant farms, and teaching economics in terms of the Big Mac Indicator, an inspired concept that puts the price of McDonald's Big Macs as the common denominator of world currencies.

A knack for celebrating the mundane that is reminiscent of Erma Bombeck but, alas, nowhere near as funny.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425156193
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Bite 1
Dinosaurs 7
Pots of Cream 11
Birth 19
Poker Night 25
The Men's Movement 31
Sarah and Bill 37
The Damp Feeling About My Ankles 43
Heavy with Child 49
Barf 57
Do Not Try This at Home 63
Fulghumbia 69
X Chromosome 75
Call of the Wild 81
My One True Love 87
The Old Ball and Chain 93
Terrorists and Other Small Children 101
Christmas 107
F.A.O. Schwarzenegger 113
January 119
A Whack to the Head 125
I Have Seen the Enemy and He Is Me 131
Uncle Ben 137
Fur Balls and Fleabags 143
Year of the Bear 149
Bonding 157
On the Joys of Giving 163
The Lies I Tell 169
Skate King 175
It's a Bird, It's a Plane 181
Ant Farm 187
Follicularly Challenged 191
Coffee Milk and Death 197
Monsters 203
Coin of the Realm 209
Sarah and the Beam 215
This Won't Hurt A Bit 221
And Never the Twain Shall Meet 227
Mother Out-Law 233
Snoring 239
Potty Training 243
Mailboxes 249
The God of Barbeque 255
Like Father, Like Son 261
Epilogue 269
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