Dad's Maybe Book

Dad's Maybe Book

by Tim O'Brien

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Overview


Best-selling author Tim O’Brien shares wisdom from a life in letters, lessons learned in wartime, and the challenges, humor, and rewards of raising two sons.

“We are all writing our maybe books full of maybe tomorrows, and each maybe tomorrow brings another maybe tomorrow, and then another, until the last line of the last page receives its period.”
 
In 2003, already an older father, National Book Award–winning novelist Tim O’Brien resolved to give his young sons what he wished his own father had given to him—a few scraps of paper signed “Love, Dad.” Maybe a word of advice. Maybe a sentence or two about some long-ago Christmas Eve. Maybe some scattered glimpses of their rapidly aging father, a man they might never really know. For the next fifteen years, the author talked to his sons on paper, as if they were adults, imagining what they might want to hear from a father who was no longer among the living.
 
O’Brien traverses the great variety of human experience and emotion, moving from soccer games to warfare to risqué lullabies, from alcoholism to magic shows to history lessons to bittersweet bedtime stories, but always returning to a father’s soul-saving love for his sons.
 
The result is Dad’s Maybe Book, a funny, tender, wise, and enduring literary achievement that will squeeze the reader’s heart with joy and recognition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618039708
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 10/14/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 466,185
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author


TIM O’BRIEN’s acclaimed novels include The Things They Carried, July, July, and Going After Cacciato, which received the 1979 National Book Award in fiction.
 

Date of Birth:

October 1, 1946

Place of Birth:

Austin, Minnesota

Education:

B.A., Macalester College, 1968; Graduate study at Harvard University

Table of Contents

1 A Letter to My Son 1

2 A Maybe Book (I) 5

3 Row, Row 9

4 Skin 22

5 Trusting Story 23

6 First Words 33

7 Home School 34

8 The Best of Times 40

9 Highballs 45

10 Spelling Lesson 49

11 Home School 50

12 Hygiene 58

3 The Magic Show (I) 59

14 Abashment 69

15 Sushi 70

16 Pride (I) 75

17 Balance 78

18 Child's Play 90

19 Telling Tales (I) 91

20 Telling Tales (II) 97

21 Pride (II) 101

22 What If? 110

23 Home School 112

24 Home School 119

25 The Old Testament 123

26 Timmy and Tad and Papa and I (I) 124

27 The Language of Little Boys 150

28 Home School 154

29 Turkey Capital of the World 158

30 Pride (III) 172

31 Pacifism 179

32 Timmy and Tad and Papa and I (II) 181

33 Home School 193

34 Home School 198

35 Easier Homework 231

36 Timmy's Bedroom Door 232

37 Lip Kissing 235

38 The King of Slippery 236

39 Timmy and Tad and Papa and I (III) 241

40 Timmy's Gamble 252

41 Dulce et Decorum Est 253

42 Pride (IV) 255

43 War Buddies 258

44 A May be Book (II) 269

45 The Magic Show (II) 273

46 Practical Magic 276

47 An Immodest and Altogether Earnest Proposal 277

48 The Golden Viking 289

49 Timmy and Tad and Papa and I (IV) 296

50 Getting Cut 309

51 Home School 318

52 Home School 321

53 The Debating Society 324

54 Sushi, Sushi, Sushi 328

55 Timmy and Tad and Papa and I (V) 332

56 Into the Volcano 345

57 And into the Stew Pot 349

58 Lesson Plans 356

59 Tad's Literary Advice 365

60 One Last Lesson Plan 366

Acknowledgments 371

Notes on Sources 373

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