Lamentations of the Father by Ian Frazier

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Improvising from the language of Deuteronomy, well-known humorist Ian Frazier concocts a father's code of conduct for his young children--tongue-in-cheek "laws and edicts" governing the frazzled life of a growing family. Colorful illustrations add to the appeal of this charming book.

 

About Ian Frazier

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Ian Frazier is the author of Great Plains, The Fish’s Eye, On the Rez, Family, and Travels in Siberia, as well as Coyote v. Acme, Dating Your Mom, and Lamentations of the Father, all published by FSG. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.
 
Published November 1, 2000 by Westminster John Knox Press. 27 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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The narrator of “Caught”—the coyote who was trapped for two days in Central Park in 2006—takes a Holden Caulfield approach to his new-found recognition: “If you’re really interested in hearing all this, you probably first want to know where I was whelped, and what my parents’ dumb burrow was like...

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Caesar's “I came, I saw, I conquered” is, according to Frazier, simply an early example of mankind's obsession with the sound bite, a snappier version of: “I came, I saw, I conquered, I had a snack, I took a bath, and I went to bed, because I was exhausted.” A treat for Frazier fanatics and new r...

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Many readers will already be familiar with Ian Frazier's hilarious treatise Lamentations of the Father, which has been forwarded countless times on e-mail.

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Entertainment Weekly

With Lamentations of the Father, his third humor anthology, Ian Frazier again proves he's the master of the New Yorker-style parodic essay, and of elevating life's petty irritations to epic status.

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Christian Science Monitor

[This review from Monitor archives originally ran on June 30, 2008.] When editors at The Atlantic Monthly celebrated their magazine’s 150th anniversary, they paid homage to the category of “humorous essay” with the works of four writers: Mark Twain, James Thurber, Kurt Vonnegut, and Ian Frazier.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

In his new collection of humorous essays, Lamentations of the Father, Frazier squints his eye at such topics as middle-age memory loss, an updated version of Laura Ingalls Wilder (?Little House off the Highway?), class notes from an alumni newsletter (?Jim Carmichael writes that he happened to se...

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Bookmarks Magazine

When The Atlantic Monthly celebrated its 150th anniversary by publishing excerpts from the best writing ever to appear in the magazine, in the category of the humorous essay it chose only four pieces—one by Mark Twain, one by James Thurber, one by Kurt Vonnegut, and Ian Frazier’s...

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