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To Me, He Was Just Dad

Stories of Growing Up with Famous Fathers

Joshua David Stein

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An intimate look at the family lives of notable and notorious fathers, with first-person essays from their children that pay tribute to the complex, profound relationships between kids and their dads.
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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

To Me, He Was Just Dad: Stories of Growing Up with Famous Fathers A01 By (author) N Joshua David Stein 229 152 BB Hardback 192 Artisan Division of Workman Publishing Artisan New York United States BG Biography: general 1.3 DNB Biography: general An intimate look at the family lives of notable and notorious fathers, with first-person essays from their children that pay tribute to the complex, profound relationships between kids and their dads. "Those searching for a moving Father's Day gift need look no further." --Publishers Weekly Men like John Wayne and John Lennon, Nolan Ryan and Bruce Lee, Cesar Chavez, Christopher Reeve, and Miles Davis have touched the lives of millions. But at home, to their children, they were not their public personas. They were Dad. Maybe Davis didn't leave the office at five o'clock to come home and play catch with his son Erin, but the man we see through Erin's eyes is so alive, so real, so not the "king of cool" (he taught his son to box, made a killer pot of chili, watched MTV alongside him) that it brings us to a whole new appreciation for the artist. Each of these forty first-person narratives--intimate, heartfelt, unvarnished, surprising, and profoundly universal--shows us not only a very different view of a figure we thought we knew but also a wholly fresh and moving idea of what it means to be a father. "A compelling read for anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes take on the parental lives of men in the spotlight." --Library Journal "Stein, editor-at-large for the website Fatherly, compiles 40 stories by sons and daughters about their well-known fathers. Giving a glimpse of the men outside the public eye, these compositions present their subjects in a whole new light--ultracool actor Samuel L. Jackson is a "nerd" ("he's got a wormhole personality" who "burrows into whatever strange things he's interested in"), and Superman actor Christopher Reeve didn't become a super dad until he was paralyzed. According to Brandon Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner became a more attentive dad after her gender transition. Not all these dads were famous for the right reasons--Steve Hodel reflects on his father George, who was a prime suspect, though he was never charged, in the 1947 Black Dahlia murder--and though their children are haunted by their deeds, they also find the humanity in these men who acted in inhumane ways (Hodel recalls the joy of clamming--albeit illegally--with his father in 1949 L.A.). In a moving essay not involving a famous father, Jim Sullivan writes of spending years trying to learn the identity of his biological father, who turned out to be a Catholic priest named Thomas S. Sullivan. Those searching for a moving Father's Day gift need look no further." --Publishers Weekly Joshua David Stein is the editor at large at Fatherly, and the host of The Fatherly Podcast. He is also a coauthor of Notes from a Young Black Chef, Food & Beer, the upcoming Nom Wah cookbook, and the Il Buco cookbook and the author of the children's books Can I Eat That?, What's Cooking?, Brick: Who Found Herself in Architecture, Can You Eat?, and The Ball Book. The father of two sons, he lives in Brooklyn, New York. Fatherly is the leading digital media brand for dads, with more than 7.5 million monthly readers and 800,000 newsletter subscribers. Its mission is to empower men to raise great kids and lead more fulfilling adult lives through expert parenting advice, original video series, podcasts, events, and more. 02032020 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 17.99 0.00 17.99 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available 24 BERT GARD Y "Those searching for a moving Father's Day gift need look no further."
--Publishers Weekly

Men like John Wayne and John Lennon, Nolan Ryan and Bruce Lee, Cesar Chavez, Christopher Reeve, and Miles Davis have touched the lives of millions. But at home, to their children, they were not their public personas. They were Dad. Maybe Davis didn't leave the office at five o'clock to come home and play catch with his son Erin, but the man we see through Erin's eyes is so alive, so real, so not the "king of cool" (he taught his son to box, made a killer pot of chili, watched MTV alongside him) that it brings us to a whole new appreciation for the artist.

Each of these forty first-person narratives--intimate, heartfelt, unvarnished, surprising, and profoundly universal--shows us not only a very different view of a figure we thought we knew but also a wholly fresh and moving idea of what it means to be a father.

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Book publisherArtisan
Publication date2 Mar 2020
FormatHardback
Pages192
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