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Alternadadby Neal Pollack
Synopses & Reviews
Very funny. . .an honest and true story, just beyond the ordinary, of two people with a child trying to make their way in the world.-Poets & Writers
Hilarious. . .Bracingly honest, and so full of love it could just as easily go in the Parenting section, next to Anne Lamont's classic, Operating Instructions. . .Alternadad gives comfort, with a bonus of lots of laughs, to every parent who is just doing the best he can.-The Plain Dealer
Hilarious and emotional. . .an amusingly cranky memoir.-The New York Times Book Review
Pollack's candid account of his escapades is a refreshing antidote to the ultrasensitive, get-it-all-right mommy struggles that can make every parent feel even more overwhelmed and inadequate.-The New York Post
Pollack treats the subject of fatherhood with humor and honesty...Never resorting to Bill Cosby-Fatherhood-type wit and witticisms, he succeeds in writing about parenting and reveals himself as an ever-evolving writer who's not afraid to call life as he sees it.-Playboy
Surprisingly heartwarming, considerably jarring and funny as fuck.-Philadelphia City Paper
Very funny. . . Neal Pollack chronicles his version of rock 'n roll fatherhood.-Child
Revelatory and funny . . . More traditional dads surely love their kids just as much, but rarely has the bond felt more moving than it does here.-Los Angeles Times Book Review
Both laugh-out-loud funny and cry-softly poignant. . . it just may be the most offbeat book about parenting ever written. . . makes the reader break out into smiles nearly constantly.-Booklist
Engaging...Pollack is...America's postmodern Erma Bombeck.-Texas Monthly
Witty...Pollack hasn't lost his flair for tongue-in-cheek commentary.-Publisher's Weekly
Hilarious. . . his son] Elijah is. . . a precocious child with the face of a Botticelli and the temperament of Dennis the Menace.-The Los Angeles Times
Eminently readable...observant, witty, and smart.-Library Journal
With his new memoir, the recovered satirist follows in the grand tradition of books like Bill Cosby's Fatherhood. For Pollack, it's a drastic reversal...but we're lucky that he acquiesced.-Details
Alternadad is peppered with the scary-funny one-liners we've come to expect from the intriguing American crank Neal Pollack. But it's also a surprisingly romantic tale of love and hope and even civic-minded warmth, set amidst the dingier blocks of Chicago and Austin and the trash-can fires of Philadelphia.
--Sarah Vowell, author of Assassination Vacation
From the Hardcover edition.
A hilarious account of the writer and his wife's unconventional and unorthodox approach to the art of parenting ranges from their trips to a series of rock festivals to contending with a biting problem, offering a version of the new American family that captures the absurdities of modern-day life. 30,000 first printing.
With the publication of Alternadad, Neal Pollack became the spokesperson for a new generation of parents. Pollack, a self-styled party guy known mostly for outrageous literary antics, recountshow he and his wife became responsible parents without sacrificing their passion for pop culture. From an ill-fated family trip to the Austin City Limits Festival, to yanking his son out of an absurd corporate gymnasticsclass, to dealing with the child's ongoing biting problem, Pollack captures the wonders, terrors, and idiocies of parenting today. Alternadad is both an engaging and amusing memoir offatherhood, and a fascinating portrait of a new version of the American family.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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