The Book of Dads: Essays on the Joys, Perils, and Humiliations of Fatherhood

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A COLLECTION OF TWENTY ESSAYS ABOUT THE JOB NO MAN CAN EVER BE TRULY PREPARED FOR: FATHERHOOD

"A generation of men reinvents fatherhood and discovers that beyond the anxiety, beyond the slip-ups and pratfalls, beyond the woeful self-revelations, beyond the burdens, beyond the diaper-changing and PTA meetings and tuition bills, beyond the unexpected intensity of the thing, there's a whole new world of love. These essays speak to us, as parents and children, in a language rich with humanity and wisdom." —Ken ...

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A COLLECTION OF TWENTY ESSAYS ABOUT THE JOB NO MAN CAN EVER BE TRULY PREPARED FOR: FATHERHOOD

"A generation of men reinvents fatherhood and discovers that beyond the anxiety, beyond the slip-ups and pratfalls, beyond the woeful self-revelations, beyond the burdens, beyond the diaper-changing and PTA meetings and tuition bills, beyond the unexpected intensity of the thing, there's a whole new world of love. These essays speak to us, as parents and children, in a language rich with humanity and wisdom." —Ken Kalfus, author of the National Book Award Finalist A Disorder Peculiar to the Country

"While the archetypes of motherhood seem pretty firmly established, fatherhood can sometimes feel sui generis. The essays in The Book of Dads dispel the illusion held by fathers new and old that they're on their own in the weird and wonderful enterprise of raising offspring. And the book will prove just as rewarding for mothers, sons, and daughters." —Jay McInerney, bestselling novelist and author of Bright Lights, Big City

"Want to sit around with some really sharp, articulate men and find out what scares the hell out of them, breaks their hearts, and makes their existence worthwhile? Read this book." —Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Place

"This wonderful collection of essays—at times hilarious, other times heart-wrenching—is a must-read for all fathers, and any man who contemplates becoming one. Every essay is a winner, and Ben George's introduction alone is worth the price of admission." —Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena

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Editorial Reviews

Amy Joyce
These involved and thoughtful dads share insights dark, deep, light and mesmerizing…This entertaining and thoughtful collection will reassure fathers of all ages that they are, if nothing else, not alone.
—The Washington Post
Mothering Magazine
“[An] intelligent, thoughtful book...I can’t recommend this book highly enough for dads who yearn for reflections on the emotional complexities of their role. These essays skillfully traverse the nuances and concrete realities of a life forever changed by having children.”
New York Post
“The contributors . . . give a moving, rich account that transcends the usual cliché gags about irrelevant, incompetent dads. . . a richly satisfying consideration of the meaning behind the fear/love/pride of fatherhood.”
Washington Post Book World
“This entertaining and thoughtful collection will reassure fathers of all ages that they are, if nothing else, not alone.”
BookPage
“Well written and fascinating to read.”
David Sheff
“Finally a book for us. Being a father is harrowing, life affirming, traumatic, astonishing, and hysterically funny—the totality of which is captured in the irresistible The Book of Dads. Herein is collection of essays that are inspiring, enlightening, and very funny. Every dad will relate. ”
Ron Rash
“This wonderful collection of essays—at times hilarious, other times heartwrenching—is a must-read for all fathers, and any man who contemplates becoming one. Every essay is a winner, and Ben George’s introduction alone is worth the price of admission.”
Kelly Corrigan
“Want to sit around with some really sharp, articulate men and find out what scares the hell out of them and breaks their hearts and makes their existence worthwhile? Read this book.”
Ken Kalfus
“These essays speak to us, as parents and children, in a language rich with humanity and wisdom.”
Jay McInerney
“The essays in The Book of Dads dispel the illusion held by fathers new and old that they’re on their own in the weird and wonderful enterprise of raising offspring. And the book will prove just as rewarding for mothers, sons and daughters.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594012252
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben George

Ben George is editor of the literary journal Ecotone. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for Best New American Voices, and has appeared in Ninth Letter, Tin House, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and daughter in North Carolina, and teaches at UNC Wilmington.

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