Dan Gets a Minivan by Dan Zevin
Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad

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...I wish these essays had more bite. This is well-trodden territory, and the writing could use more snarl.
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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 stay-at-home 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, master of “Seinfeld-ian nothingness” (Time), is trying his best to make the transition from couplehood to familyhood. Acclimating to the adult-oriented lifestyle 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.
 

About Dan Zevin

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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.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by Scribner. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Dan Saltzstein on Jun 15 2012

...I wish these essays had more bite. This is well-trodden territory, and the writing could use more snarl.

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Reviewed by Eric Felten on Jun 03 2012

...after wasting too much time on comedy pyrite, Mr. Zevin grapples...

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