Do-Over!: In Which a Forty-Eight-Year-Old Father of Three Returns to Kindergarten, Summer Camp, the Prom, and Other Embarrassments

Do-Over!: In Which a Forty-Eight-Year-Old Father of Three Returns to Kindergarten, Summer Camp, the Prom, and Other Embarrassments

by Robin Hemley
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Do-Over!: In Which a Forty-Eight-Year-Old Father of Three Returns to Kindergarten, Summer Camp, the Prom, and Other Embarrassments by Robin Hemley

Robin Hemley's childhood made a wedgie of his memory, leaving him sore and embarrassed for over forty years. He was the most pitiful kindergartner, the least spirited summer camper, and dateless for prom. In fact, there's nary an event from his youth that couldn't use improvement. If only he could do them all over a few decades later, with an adult's wisdom, perspective, and giant-like height...

In the spirit of cult film classics like Billy Madison and Wet Hot American Summer, in DO-OVER! Hemley reencounters paper mache, revisits his childhood home, and finally attends the prom—bringing readers the thrill of recapturing a misspent youth and discovering what's most important: simple pleasures, second chances, and the forgotten joys of recess.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316020602
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 05/11/2009
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Robin Hemley is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on DO-OVER!. He has published seven books, and his stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and many literary magazines and anthologies. Robin received his MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop; he currently directs the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City, IA.

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Do-Over!: In Which a Forty-Eight-Year-Old Father of Three Returns to Kindergarten, Summer Camp, the Prom, and Other Embarrassments 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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MinnesotaReader More than 1 year ago
What time in your life or embarrassing experience would you like to redo? Author Robin Hemley explores this intriguing concept in his book DO-OVER! In each chapter, he shares a painful adolescent memory, why he wanted a second chance to fix it, what he learned, and how it applied to his current life. Poignant examples include kindergarten, a school play, prom, and his unfinished student exchange program in Japan. As his do-over proceeds, he makes many fascinating observations on the evolution of the experience in general. An example is how teaching methods have improved. Other compelling insights include how childhood in general has changed since the 1960's, when he was a boy. DO-OVER! is emotionally candid, engaging, and very thoughtfully written. I greatly admire Mr. Hemley's honesty in sharing his faults and mistakes. He describes bittersweet moments with much humor, providing many laugh-out-loud moments. There truly is uplifting wisdom for everyone in this absorbing book. It's an amazingly entertaining read and I highly recommend it!
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
DO-OVER! is a book that I totally enjoyed and felt jealous of Robin Hemley. He got to relive those things in his life that were embarrassing or failed the first time around. How many of us wished that we could redo certain moments in our lives. Not only does he succeed in any of his attempts, he writes in detail explaining how he does each moment, contacting people long ago forgotten. This is quite an interesting tale of one middle aged man (could it be a midlife crisis?) It took guts to redo his life and this is one remarkable journey where not only the reader learns something, but so does the author.