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