Dan Gets a Minivan

Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad

By Dan Zevin
(Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9781451606461, 217pp.)

Publication Date: May 22, 2012

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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.




About the Author
Dan Zevin has been a comic correspondent for National Public Radio s WBUR, the humor columnist for "Boston "magazine and the "Boston Phoenix", and a contributor to publications such as "Rolling Stone", "Maxim", "Details", "Glamour", "Elle", and "Parenting". A Thurber Prize for American Humor finalist for "The Day I Turned Uncool: Confessions of a Reluctant Grown-up", he is also the author of "Entry-Level Life" and "The Nearly-Wed Handbook". Dan lives with his wife and their two children in the suburbs of New York City. He is an active member of his local Costco.
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