Alternadad: The True Story of One Family's Struggle to Raise a Cool Kid in America (Paperback)

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With the publication of Alternadad, Neal Pollack became the spokesperson for a new generation of parents. Pollack, a self-styled party guy known mostly for outrageous literary antics, recounts how he and his wife became responsible parents without sacrificing their passion for pop culture. From an ill-fated family trip to the Austin City Limits Festival, to yanking his son out of an absurd corporate gymnastics class, to dealing with the child’s ongoing biting problem, Pollack captures the wonders, terrors, and idiocies of parenting today. Alternadad is both an engaging and amusing memoir of fatherhood, and a fascinating portrait of a new version of the American family.

About the Author

Neal Pollack is the author of several acclaimed books of satirical fiction, including the cult classic The Neal Pollack Anthology Of American Literature and the rock-n-roll novel, Never Mind The Pollacks. A contributor to many magazines, newspapers, and websites, he also keeps a semi-daily blog at He lives in Los Angeles, with his family.

Praise for Alternadad: The True Story of One Family's Struggle to Raise a Cool Kid in America…

"Hilarious and emotional. . . . An amusingly cranky memoir." —The New York Times Book Review“Hilarious. . . . Bracingly honest, and so full of love it could just as easily go in the Parenting section, next to Anne Lamott's classic, Operating Instructions.” —The Plain Dealer“America’s postmodern Erma Bombeck. . . . Gen X parents will nod knowingly.” —Texas Monthly“Pollack's candid account of his escapades is a refreshing antidote to the ultra-sensitive, get-it-all-right mommy struggles that can make every parent feel even more overwhelmed and inadequate.”—New York Post

Product Details ISBN-10: 1400095581
ISBN-13: 9781400095582
Published: Anchor, 02/12/2008
Pages: 368
Language: English

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