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Paperback Book Details
  • 04/2017
  • 9780692802991
  • 222 pages
  • $13.99
Ebook Details
  • 05/2017
  • B071ZM55W5
  • 222 pages
  • $6.99
Brian Pinaire
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This Is Not Your Father's Fatherhood

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER'S FATHERHOOD is a comic memoir that offers a male perspective on caring for young children. In witty, insightful, and carefully integrated essays, author Brian K. Pinaire reflects on delivery room negotiations, paternity leave, work-life balancing, passive-aggressive daycare teachers, BabyBjorns, childproofing, children's music, marital intimacy, and much more. With a mixture of sarcasm and sentiment throughout, Pinaire shows how parenthood challenges one's career, relationships, identity, health, and even sanity. But he also celebrates opportunities for fathers today, offers hope for dads who've take the lead without knowing the way, and shows how walking the path to enlightenment means stepping on LEGOs.
Reviews
After the birth of his first son in 2005, Pinaire (The Constitution of Electoral Speech Law) decided to take 12 weeks of paid leave offered to him as a professor at Lehigh University—a decision that changed his life, as he details in this intimate and entertaining look at fatherhood. Admitting that he had no intention of “bonding with anything other than my laptop” and cranking out some articles, Pinaire soon realized that the idea of “an easy opportunity to be more productive while also being a ‘parent’ ” was “a completely stupid notion.” Fortunately he decided to keep notes on his growth as a parent and a father, and shares his experiences through humorous anecdotes and observations as he attempts to “make sense of modern fatherhood.” Pinaire is at his best when he observes the ways in which his expectations were shaken by reality, such as his chapter on the discrepancies between what different child-care centers promise, such as “not treating a baby like a package of office supplies.” But other sections, such as a sarcastic look at erectile-dysfunction ads geared to fathers, feel rehashed. However, new and younger fathers-to-be will learn some valuable tips from this account of becoming a parent. (BookLife)

Correction: An earlier version of this review misstated the year the author's son was born, as well as the book's timeline.

Milton Heumann

This Is Not Your Father’s Fatherhood is a brilliant, funny, and incredibly well-written series of essays about coming of age while coming to grips with the new, wondrous, taxing, and bewildering realities of a previous-ly simple, straightforward life. Pinaire’s engaging prose, his integration of pop culture from multiple realms—movies, books, TV, music—and his “Seinfeld-esque” tone had me laughing out loud. This book’s mix-ture of humor, insight, gravitas, and sentiment will leave you loving its characters.
                                

Richard Matthews

Pinaire’s colorful tale is brutally honest, gut-buster funny, and yet warmhearted and nostalgic. Save the money you’ll pay a therapist to get over the guilt of fatherhood. Just buy this book and laugh your way to an acceptance of the fact that you, too, may have been the “World’s Best Dad.”

Saladin Ambar

Brian K. Pinaire’s This Is Not Your Father’s Fatherhood stares down every myth about fatherhood—those good and bad—while providing enough laughter to prevent those of us who are fathers, and who ought to know better, from counting all our faults. This is a moving, compel-ling read and a reminder that parenting is a two-way street. Ours just leads to weirder neighborhoods.

Susan McWilliams

Reading Brian K. Pinaire’s book is like hanging out with the coolest dad on the playground. He can make you laugh about the naiveté of your birth plan, make you see Dora and Diego in a whole new way, and make a mesmerizing story out of wearing a BabyBjörn. And along the way, he can make you feel so, so good about spending your adulthood with your kids. Pinaire’s boys are clearly lucky to have him as a dad, and the rest of us are lucky to have him as a storyteller.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 04/2017
  • 9780692802991
  • 222 pages
  • $13.99
Ebook Details
  • 05/2017
  • B071ZM55W5
  • 222 pages
  • $6.99

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