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 an American satirist, novelist, short story writer, and journalist. Pollack has written eight books: The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, Never Mind the Pollacks, Beneath the Axis of Evil, Alternadad, Stretch, Jewball, Downward-Facing Death, and Open Your Heart. A certified yoga instructor, international motorsports correspondent, and three-time Jeopardy! champion, Pollack lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and son.
"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