Things My Son Needs to Know About the World

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove shares an irresistible and moving collection of heartfelt, humorous essays about fatherhood, providing his newborn son with the perspective and tools he'll need to make his way in the world.

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World collects the personal dispatches from the front lines of one of the most daunting experiences any man can experience: fatherhood.

As he conveys his profound awe at experiencing all the "firsts" that fill him with wonder and catch him completely unprepared, Fredrik Backman doesn't shy away from revealing his own false steps and fatherly flaws, tackling issues both great and small, from masculinity and mid-life crises to practical jokes and poop.

In between the sleep-deprived lows and wonderful highs, Backman takes a step back to share the true story of falling in love with a woman who is his complete opposite, and learning to live a life that revolves around the people you care about unconditionally. Alternating between humorous side notes and longer essays offering his son advice as he grows up and ventures out into the world, Backman relays the big and small lessons in life, including:

-How to find the team you belong to
-Why airports explain everything about religion and war
-The reason starting a band is crucial to cultivating and keeping friendships
-How to beat Monkey Island 3
-Why, sometimes, a dad might hold onto his son's hand just a little too tight

This is an irresistible and insightful collection, perfect for new parents and fans of Backman's "unparalleled understanding of human nature" ( Shelf Awareness ). As he eloquently reminds us, "You can be whatever you want to be, but that's nowhere near as important as knowing that you can be exactly who you are."

Read more Fredrik Backman in his latest novel Anxious People , the unexpected and compassionate story of a failed bank robber and eight anxious strangers he takes hostage--available soon!
Publisher: Toronto : Simon and Schuster Canada, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2018.
ISBN: 9781501198229
Characteristics: x, 193 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Menzies, Alice - Translator

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Jul 31, 2020

I really enjoyed reading this. My favorite story was the one about IKEA. It's a nice, light read from one of my favorite authors. I hope he writes more non-fiction.

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esrobbins
Apr 04, 2020

Love, love, love this author! He is so funny and so poignant. This book is written to his young son about what he (Blackman) has learned about life and parenting. It is a love story. A different kind of love story; the love between a parent and a child. I think this book speaks to parents of either gender with kids of either gender because of that. Highly enjoyable, laugh out loud funny, and a quick read.

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