Assisted Loving: True Tales of Double Dating with My Dad

Assisted Loving: True Tales of Double Dating with My Dad

by Bob Morris


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What would you do if your eighty-year-old father dragged you into his hell-bent hunt for new love?

A few months after the death of his wife, Joe Morris, an affable, eccentric octogenarian, needs a replacement. If he can get a new hip, he figures, why not a new wife? At first, his skeptical son Bob (whose own love life is a disaster) is appalled. But suspicion quickly turns to enthusiasm as he finds himself trolling the personals, screening prospects, chaperoning, and offering etiquette tips to his needy father. Assisted Loving is a warm, witty, and wacky chronicle of a father, a son, and their year of dating dangerously.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061374135
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Series: P.S. Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 785,571
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A frequent contributor to the New York Times Sunday Styles section, Bob Morris has been a commentator for NPR's All Things Considered and a contributor to the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Travel + Leisure. He also collaborated with Diahann Carroll on her award-winning memoir, The Legs Are the Last to Go.

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Assisted Loving: True Tales of Double Dating with My Dad 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After a long and debilitating disease takes Ethel Morris' life, her husband Joe, at 80 years old, is eager to date again only a few months later. He enlists his son Bob, this book's author, to help him by calling personals for him and listening to his dating trials. Meanwhile, Bob is having dating woes of his own. (And don¿t be followed by the book¿s subtitle ¿ the only thing that resembles a double date in this book comes in the last 20 pages.) This premise is only so-so and the writing style doesn't make up for it. In particular, the metaphoric language is often just ridiculous ¿ for example, ¿The surf is so picturesque today ¿ 2 percent-skim foam waves are frothing against wheat-toast sand.¿ Cringe. The author is whiny and self-absorbed, coming across as a petulant teenager despite being 40. He (and to some extent his father) remind me of the characters in the television series Seinfeld - not the best pick of the bunch themselves but seemingly incapable of accepting other people, instead favoring nitpicking to find things wrong with their potential girlfriends and boyfriends. The book is marketed as being funny, but mostly I found the author to be too superficial for me to care about his so-called witty opinions. However, the book did on some level raise some big questions about the nature of parent-child relationships so I appreciated that. Also, the book is a light read, quite easily finished in a few sittings. Overall, however, I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it.
Phyllis_M More than 1 year ago
Nice story abound father and son connection. The father's search for a new wife fits with my personal observations of men who were very happily married and just do not want to be alone after the death of the spouse. The selfish responses of the children to keep the parent in mourning also fits. The search was amusing but not laugh out loud funny. The son's sole searching in his fifties and painfully revealing his insecurities got old. Too bad it took him so long to grow up but better late than never Sadly I can't recommend this book to anyone. Not bad enough to put down and not good enough to recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This chronicle of the dating habits of son and father is a real charmer. Although both have their faults, the reader ends up hoping that each successfully finds romance. Besides focusing on their romantic adventures, the book also explores the evolving relationship between father and son. You get a real sense of their personalities. Very well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a little gem. It's laugh out loud funny, very heart warming and you'll find yourself loving the dad. It was truly and endearing story and it kept me interested the entire book.