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

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Simon and Schuster, May 22, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 217 pages
In the bestselling and beloved tradition of Dave Barry, a coming-of-middle-age tale by Thurber finalist Dan Zevin, master of “Seinfeld-ian nothingness” (Time) about a man’s inevitable transition into mid-life and fatherhood.

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.

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User Review  - MartinBodek - LibraryThing

What a find. I came across this while browsing through some Amazon book ads. The cover grabbed me. Interesting design. Anyway, Mr. Zevin's sense of humor is a cross between Dave Barry's ludicrous ... Read full review

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User Review  - timtom - LibraryThing

This hilarious series of anecdotes echo the feelings of every one of us who suddenly turned into full-time dads. Thankfully, all of us aren't stressed-out Brooklyn yuppies and were able to escape many ... Read full review

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Dan Zevin has been a comic correspondent for NPR, the humor columnist for Boston Magazine and the Boston Phoenix, and a contributor to national publications, including Rolling Stone, Maxim, Details, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Glamour. He is the author of Entry-Level Life, The Nearly-Wed Handbook, and The Day I Turned Uncool, which was optioned by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions and is now in development at Sony.

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