Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers
Advice to Dads of All Ages
By Clyde Edgerton
(Little, Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316056922, 192pp.)
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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"Edgerton is so, so funny. He captures the rainbows, cheap thrills, and irritating potholes of parenting with splendid understatement."--Library Journal (Starred Review) After three decades of being a father, Clyde Edgerton-with four kids ranging in age from six to 30-is supremely qualified to give tips to dads of all ages. His fathering advice, pre-birth through schooling, involves plenty of his trademark humor, but also sound guidance enhanced by his training and experience as an educator. Papa Edgerton suggests that on occasion a father might forego reading and just point to the pictures of dogs and cats in baby books, and also that he might place a blanket on the lawn, lie on his back with the whole family, and watch Sky Television. Edgerton's humorous and helpful counsel will guide new parents on interacting with in-laws and coping with sleep deprivation, while also providing strategies for recovery after you've cursed in front of a mimicking baby. "If you don't feel apprehensive just before your first child is to arrive, you are abnormal," writes Edgerton. Yet by way of his experience, observation, and imagination, he provides caution and pure joy in equal measure.
Clyde Edgerton is the author of 10 novels, including The Bible Salesman and The Night Train. Five of his novels have been New York Times Notable Books. He lives with his wife, Kristina, and their children in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he is a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He holds a PhD in English Education.
Praise for Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers:
"This one will be a perfect Father's Day present, regardless of Dad's age."--Wilmington StarNews
"With a healthy dose of humor, Edgerton covers everything from head lice to -in-laws (not that the two have anything in common)."--Garden and Gun
"Refreshingly, a parenting advice book worth its salt."-Kirkus Review
"In addition to practical advice...Edgerton brings a sense of play that is often missing from the genre."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution