Dan Gets a Minivan
Dan Gets a Minivan
Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad
Audiogo, Compact Disc, 9781620640616, 5pp.
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
In the bestselling and beloved tradition of Dave Barry, a coming-of-middle-age tale by Thurber finalist Dan Zevin, master of Seinfeld-ian nothingness ("Time") about a man's inevitable transition into midlife and fatherhood. 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 being 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 wife was promoted and transferred to New York. A townhouse. A new baby boy. A new baby girl. A stay-at-home dad was born. A prescription for Xanax was filled. Six years passed in six seconds. And then came the minivan. Not just a daddy book, "Dan Gets a Minivan" is about a guy who happens to be a dad. Acclimating to adulthood 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.
Dan Zevin is a Thurber Prize-winning humorist. Two of his books, Dan Gets a Minivan and The Day I Turned Uncool, were optioned by Adam Sandler, and the latter is now being developed for NBC by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Lauren Rogen. He has been an award-winning humor columnist for the New York Times, a comic commentator for NPR, and a contributor to print or digital editions of the The New Yorker, McSweeney;s Rolling Stone Salon, the L.A. Times, Real Simple, and Parents, among others.