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How is a single dad supposed to navigate a new girlfriend into and out of his California king bed without his son or daughter noticing? For Trey Ellis, raising children while trying to find his way through the unfamiliar nuances of the contemporary dating scene as a single father has been a a sometimes nerve-racking challenge.

A Don Juan with a heart of gold, Ellis tracks both his sexy life as a swinging single father—his dates have included a model, a French actress, and even an Italian contessa—and his nurturing and loving relationship with his two young children. The result is Bedtime Stories, a charmingly poignant and hilarious story that shows what happens when the glamorous life of an LA singleton collides with the life of a less than glamorous dad who eats frozen dinners and changes dirty diapers.

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"Screenwriter, author and Los Angeles resident Ellis (Right Here, Right Now) relates his story of heartbreak and child-rearing with candor, comedy and self-awareness, making this emotionally turbulent ride instantly and tirelessly engaging. The conversational chronicle tells how young African-American novelist Ellis met and lost his wife (to a New Age shaman), leaving him to deal, often on his own, with a three-year-old daughter and an eight-month-old son. Fast-paced and fun, Ellis's story indulges readers with hilarious details from all aspects of the single-dad life, from nannies to schools to his crazy ex, from his writing career to his sex life, taking playful detours along the way for daydreams and song lyrics ('It's so hard trying to remember what it was like those first nights... alone singing my kids the theme song to The Mary Tyler Moore Show'). Ellis also incorporates stories from his 'often-depressed, cartoonishly nerdly' childhood years, revealing the ins and outs of his parents' own 'shitty marriage.' A first-rate story-teller with an effortless sense of humor and pathos ('I have always been a big fan of self-pity'), Ellis and his memoir deserve a place among pop culture's most beloved Mr. Moms." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

How is a single dad supposed to navigate a new girlfriend into and out of his California king without his son or daughter noticing? For Trey Ellis, steering his way through the unfamiliar nuances of the contemporary dating scene is sometimes a nerve-racking exercise in intra-familial spycraft. But the rewards of being a dad, as any parent knows, easily outweigh any hardships.

In a world where African-American fathers are relentlessly portrayed as absent without leave, this irresistible memoir is both a tribute to all those loving, nurturing, black men who are undaunted by the responsibilities of fatherhood and an utterly charming male nonfiction counterpart to Allison Pearson’s best-selling novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It.

About the Author

TREY ELLISs fiction credits include the acclaimed novel Platitudes and Right Here, Right Now, a recipient of the American Book Award. His work for the screen includes the Emmy-nominated HBO film The Tuskegee Airmen. He has written for Playboy, Best Life, Mens Health, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. Ellis is a frequent blogger on Huffington Post.com and a recently appointed Columbia University professor.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594865299
Subtitle:
Adventures in the Land of Single-Fatherhood
Author:
Ellis, Trey
Publisher:
Modern Times
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Single fathers
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Publication Date:
20080205
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 p. bandw photo insert
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.32 x 6.09 x 1.085 in 1 lb

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Product details 288 pages Modern Times - English 9781594865299 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Screenwriter, author and Los Angeles resident Ellis (Right Here, Right Now) relates his story of heartbreak and child-rearing with candor, comedy and self-awareness, making this emotionally turbulent ride instantly and tirelessly engaging. The conversational chronicle tells how young African-American novelist Ellis met and lost his wife (to a New Age shaman), leaving him to deal, often on his own, with a three-year-old daughter and an eight-month-old son. Fast-paced and fun, Ellis's story indulges readers with hilarious details from all aspects of the single-dad life, from nannies to schools to his crazy ex, from his writing career to his sex life, taking playful detours along the way for daydreams and song lyrics ('It's so hard trying to remember what it was like those first nights... alone singing my kids the theme song to The Mary Tyler Moore Show'). Ellis also incorporates stories from his 'often-depressed, cartoonishly nerdly' childhood years, revealing the ins and outs of his parents' own 'shitty marriage.' A first-rate story-teller with an effortless sense of humor and pathos ('I have always been a big fan of self-pity'), Ellis and his memoir deserve a place among pop culture's most beloved Mr. Moms." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
How is a single dad supposed to navigate a new girlfriend into and out of his California king without his son or daughter noticing? For Trey Ellis, steering his way through the unfamiliar nuances of the contemporary dating scene is sometimes a nerve-racking exercise in intra-familial spycraft. But the rewards of being a dad, as any parent knows, easily outweigh any hardships.

In a world where African-American fathers are relentlessly portrayed as absent without leave, this irresistible memoir is both a tribute to all those loving, nurturing, black men who are undaunted by the responsibilities of fatherhood and an utterly charming male nonfiction counterpart to Allison Pearson’s best-selling novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It.

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