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The 40-Year-Old Version: Humoirs of a Divorced Dad Paperback – June 1, 2009
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"Transforms mundane events into hilarious, sometimes heart-wrenching tales -- from antics about cramming kids, girlfriend, and five cats into a one-bedroom apartment, to moving reflections on his son's misdiagnosed illness." --New Jersey Monthly
"Writer Joel Schwartzberg explores his adventures in parenting, and shows us in a fresh way that it's not easy being a Dad, or a kid especially after a divorce... Let his energy inspire you." --Barnes&Noble.com
"His humorous expressions of the tribulations of fatherhood, as well as the joy he has found as a dad, speak to the common father, whether divorced or married. This would be a great gift to any father." --Wayne Parker, About.com Fatherhood Guide
"Schwartzberg has struck new ground in daddy lit. In this funny and touching book, he dispenses some good advice... A sensitive yet lighthearted account of divorced fatherhood." --Carolyn Stetler, The Star Ledger
As difficult as divorce can be, Joel Schwartzberg brings humor and realism to this otherwise dismal freefall experience. The author's writing is brilliant and engaging...A delightful read. --David Knox, Ph.D., author of "The Divorced Dad's Survival Book"
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"As difficult as divorce can be, Joel Schwartzberg brings humor and realism to this otherwise dismal freefall experience. A delightful read."
- David Knox, Ph.D., author of The Divorced Dad's Survival Book
"An engaging, witty, warm, and exhilarating ride."
- Dr. Will Courtenay, "The Men's Doc," psychotherapist, author, researcher, and founder of SadDaddy.com.
"Smart and heartfelt."
- Robert Wilder, author of Daddy Needs a Drink and Tales from the Teacher's Lounge
"Wise, hard-earned guidance for divorced dads."
- Dr. Linda Nielsen, President of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children and author of Between Fathers & Daughters
"Surprising emotional depth, wisdom, and candor."
- Susan Shapiro, author of Lighting Up and Five Men Who Broke My Heart
"Witty and endearingly realistic."
- Steven Ashley, founder of the Divorced Fathers Network and author of The Long-Distance Dad
"Zippy and entertaining."
- Jeremy Adam Smith, author of The Daddy Shift
"A great read for all fathers!"
- Rachel Sarah, author of Single Mom Seeking and founder of singlemomseeking.com
"Insightful, warm, and self aware."
- Peter McKay, Syndicated Humor Columnist and author of Welcome to the Nuthouse!
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Then, when I realized that the secondary title was 'Humoirs of a Divorced Dad' my Irish Catholic hangups started to kick in. Divorce was a dirty word where I came from. Visions of unloved, unwanted, neglected kids and embittered, disillusioned parents came to mind. Did I really want to review this book? But I'd said I would and along it came. And read it I did and reviewing it I am. And do you know something? I freaking loved this book. It was seriously good. Humorously good too.
I suppose as a reader and reviewer of romance novels, I've become accustomed to the happy ending always being a 'given'. Yet romance novels are very often just fantasies. Real life has many shades. They aren't all rose coloured. Of course nobody likes the idea of divorce, but if it comes to that, it's great if the two former spouses can put their differences aside and co-parent their offspring in a sensible and realistic way.
This book isn't so much autobiography as a series of essays on The Life and Times of Joel and Life As He Lives It. Joel's being a divorced father of three kids (all under ten at the time the book was written) colours the book and the essays he writes. He's a great father. He only gets to be with the kids on Saturdays ('Dadurdays', as the kids call them) but he makes them count. He probably spends more quality time with the children then many married dads do. In some ways, he's a spectator in his kid's lives, ever observing and watchful and ready to jump in when required. His second wife also cares for the kids and has won them over with her patience and dedication. :Not that Joel ever says so directly - you just find yourself reading between the lines. The fact that the kids have such a chilled out relationship with their father and his partner probably says a lot about what a good mother they have too. Not that Joel ever says that either. But you probably understand what I mean.
I love the word 'humoirs'. Humorous memoirs. Joel is a writer anyway and happens to have a deliciously ironic and self deprecating sense of humour which I truly appreciate. He's particularly funny when he shares about moving back in with his parents as an adult, when he was newly separated from his first wife. You just never can go back there, can you?
As I once read somewhere, 'life is strange with it's twists and turns as every one of us sometimes learns'. Joel deserves great success with his book for proving beyond doubt that a so-called sad ending isn't necessarily the end of the world after all. And that's really something.
I love the fact that this book is written by a dad. So many of my divorce books (especially the fun ones) were penned by women. So, here's one for the guys. And it's not about some dude using his newfound freedom to be a part-time parent and a part-time partyboy.
Although the title leads us to believe that the book is all about being a divorced dad, that's not the case. This could be a letdown or a nicety, depending on one's perspective. The topics range from Mr. Schwartzberg's childhood experiences through his current "Dadurday" lifestyle with his children and second wife. It's truly entertaining as well as thought-provoking.
Tara Eisenhard, author of [...]
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