Dan Gets a Minivan
Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad
By Dan Zevin
(Scribner, Paperback, 9781451606478, 240pp.)
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
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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 full-time 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 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, including Rolling Stone, Maxim, Details, Glamour, Elle, and Parenting. A Thurber Humor Award finalist for The Day I Turned Uncool, he is also the author of Entry-Level Life, The Nearly-Wed Handbook, and most recently, Dan Gets a Minivan. 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.