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Family Man

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Awards

A New York Times Notable Book for 1998

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Calvin Trillin begins his wise and charming ruminations on family by stating the sum total of his child-rearing advice: "Try to get one that doesn't spit up. Otherwise, you're on your own." Suspicious of any child-rearing theories beyond "Your children are either the center of your life or they're not," Trillin has clearly reveled in the role of family man. Acknowledging the special perils to the privacy of people living with a writer who occasionally remarks, "I hope you're not under the impression that what you just said was off the record," Trillin deals with the subject of family in a way that is loving, honest, and wildly funny.

Review:

"Calvin Trillin is like an old shoe. Whatever he may be writing about, he always makes you want to slip in to it and get comfy...few tricks are more difficult for the journalist to pull off." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

Review:

"Calvin Trillin comprehends the exuberance of exasperation precisely....Though he styles hyimself a master of complaint, he's truly the master of appreciation, in whose hands a hamburger can become a divine object. It's hard to think of another writer who so consistently manages to be acerbic without being mean, a literary Houdini act that has won Trillin legions of readers." Suzanne Berne, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"What you take away from Family Man are the dependable joys of Trillin's prose — those clean, wry, perfectly constructed sentences — and his bedrock sense of what parenthood is all about." Dwight Garner, Newsday

Review:

"The usual humorous suspects (pets, schooling, spousal differences, and diapers) are covered nicely with the author's accustomed aplomb....The commentary is all nimble and easygoing, almost coasting for a clever wordsmith. He lives up to the book's title." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A] very charming and funny book....His style seems effortless and conversational, and the stories he tells are wry and entertaining rather than cloying or sentimental." Elijah Wald, The Boston Globe

Review:

"A short celebration of the wonderfulness of family life...genial, generous and unstoppably wry." Adam Woog, The Seattle Times

Review:

"Trilling's charming essays present a loving, idealized, funny view of parenthood, a hindsight look which transforms with humor the most anxious occasions, for instance when you hear too late that you should have talked to your infant during those vital first few months." Diane Johnson, New York Review of Books

About the Author

Calvin Trillin is the author of nineteen previous books. He writes a weekly column for Time and a weekly poem for The Nation. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374153243
Author:
Trillin, Calvin
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Author:
Trillin, Calvin
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
American wit and humor
Subject:
Child rearing
Subject:
Topic - Family
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Marriage and family life
Subject:
Child rearing -- Humor.
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Family relationships -- Humor.
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19990630
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.449 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Family
History and Social Science » Journalism » Journalists

Family Man
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Product details 192 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374153243 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Calvin Trillin is like an old shoe. Whatever he may be writing about, he always makes you want to slip in to it and get comfy...few tricks are more difficult for the journalist to pull off."
"Review" by , "Calvin Trillin comprehends the exuberance of exasperation precisely....Though he styles hyimself a master of complaint, he's truly the master of appreciation, in whose hands a hamburger can become a divine object. It's hard to think of another writer who so consistently manages to be acerbic without being mean, a literary Houdini act that has won Trillin legions of readers."
"Review" by , "What you take away from Family Man are the dependable joys of Trillin's prose — those clean, wry, perfectly constructed sentences — and his bedrock sense of what parenthood is all about."
"Review" by , "The usual humorous suspects (pets, schooling, spousal differences, and diapers) are covered nicely with the author's accustomed aplomb....The commentary is all nimble and easygoing, almost coasting for a clever wordsmith. He lives up to the book's title."
"Review" by , "[A] very charming and funny book....His style seems effortless and conversational, and the stories he tells are wry and entertaining rather than cloying or sentimental."
"Review" by , "A short celebration of the wonderfulness of family life...genial, generous and unstoppably wry."
"Review" by , "Trilling's charming essays present a loving, idealized, funny view of parenthood, a hindsight look which transforms with humor the most anxious occasions, for instance when you hear too late that you should have talked to your infant during those vital first few months."
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