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Family Man

Trillin, Calvin

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ISBN 10: 0374153248 / ISBN 13: 9780374153243
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York, 1998
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1998,1998 New Book, New Unclipped jacket, Stated First Edition 1998, 184 clean tight unmarked unread pages, book has cream cloth covered boards with 1/4 brown cloth covered spine, gold embossed letters CT on the front cover, gold lettering on the spine, jacket has a color illustrated front with white lettering. Bookseller Inventory # 005032

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Title: Family Man

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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A nationally acclaimed author turns his wit and charm to the subject of children, which, having several of his own, has absorbed him while changing diapers, directing family movie musicals, marching in local Halloween parades, and helping his daughters move out. 75,000 first printing. Tour.


"Handing out advice on family matters is not my game," begins Calvin Trillin in Family Man, and indeed, those in search of practical child-rearing tips would be advised to look elsewhere. What Trillin does have to offer is a series of witty meditations on the art--not the science--of parenthood. Nobody else has written quite so accurately about the debunking genius of small children. And while Trillin conveys the joys and sorrows of family life with his customary drollness, what really gets him going is the high anxiety of being in loco parentis. When, for example, a study reveals that most of our synapses are formed during infancy, the author is nonplused by the scientific breakthrough. He's quick, though, to latch on to this new opportunity for self-flagellation:

This business about the synapses struck me as the sort of finding that could have been designed to add to the concerns of those older parents who already spend some uncomfortable time, while trying to fall asleep at night, thinking of ways that they may have shortchanged their children. Here is an entirely new subject, pushing aside old chestnuts like whether that really was the right summer camp or whether the purchase of the guitar might have been to blame for everything that followed. Now, as they toss and turn, they can envision their children trying to compete in a global economy with reduced brainpower.
This beleaguered dad does, it should be said, touch upon a handful of more general topics, including the wacky world of contemporary wedding ceremonies. At the heart of his book, though, is the alternately exasperating and endearing pageant of family life, chez Trillin, which features not only the author's smart-aleck daughters but also his wife and perennial straight (wo)man, Alice.

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