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Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad (edition 2012)

by Dan Zevin

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Title:Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad
Authors:Dan Zevin
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Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad by Dan Zevin

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This hilarious series of anecdotes echo the feelings of every one of us who suddenly turned into full-time dads. Thankfully, all of us aren't stressed-out Brooklyn yuppies and were able to escape many of Dan Zevin's plights. Nevertheless, his stories still resonate with aspects of our own dude-dad-metamorphosis, which makes them even more painfully funny. Conveniently, the stories are light and short enough to be enjoyed despite the constant interruption of our own progeny... ( )
  timtom | Dec 7, 2012 |
"Dan Gets a Minivan" is consistently funny, insightful, and even occasionally wise regarding the perks and perils of modern parenting.
 
I wish these essays had more bite. This is well-trodden territory, and the writing could use more snarl. The book has apparently been optioned by Adam Sandler. That seems about right: funny, but, you know, not too funny.
 
"Dan Gets a Minivan" may be a lumbering jokemobile, but the theme stowed inside is serious enough that one actually cares how Mr. Zevin answers the question.
 
Zevin isn’t aiming for literary art here. His style is more Dave Barry than David Foster Wallace. What elevates his work above mere irreverence is the quality of insight he brings to relatively familiar terrain.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 145160646X, Hardcover)

A coming-of-middle-age tale told with warmth and wit, Dan Gets a Minivan provides the one thing every parent really needs: comic relief. Whether you’re a dude, a dad, or someone who’s married to either, fasten your seat belt and prepare to crack up.

The least hip citizen of Brooklyn, Dan Zevin has a working wife, two small children, a mother who visits each week to “help,” and an obese Labrador mutt who prefers to be driven rather than walked. How he got to this point is a bit of a blur. There was a wedding, and then there was a puppy. A home was purchased in New England. A wife was promoted and transferred to New York. A town house. A new baby boy. A new baby girl. A stay-at-home dad was born. A prescription for Xanax was filled. Gray hairs appeared; gray hairs fell out. Six years passed in six seconds. And then came the minivan.

Dan Zevin, master of “Seinfeld-ian nothingness” (Time), is trying his best to make the transition from couplehood to familyhood. Acclimating to the adult-oriented lifestyle has never been his strong suit, and this slice-of-midlife story chronicles the whole hilarious journey—from instituting date night to joining Costco; from touring Disneyland to recovering from knee surgery; from losing ambition to gaining perspective. Where it’s all heading is anyone’s guess, but, for Dan, suburbia’s calling—and his minivan has GPS.

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Dan Zevin, master of "Seinfeld-ian nothingness" (Time), is trying his best to make the transition from couplehood to familyhood. Acclimating to the adult-oriented lifestyle has never been his strong suit, and this slice-of-midlife story chronicles the whole hilarious journey--from instituting date night to joining Costco; from touring Disneyland to recovering from knee surgery; from losing ambition to gaining perspective. Where it's all heading is anyone's guess, but, for Dan, suburbia's calling--and his minivan has GPS. -- Jacket, p. [2].… (more)

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