The number-one New York Times best-selling 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 hell 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 doesnt shy away from revealing his own false steps and fatherly flaws, tackling issues both great and small, from masculinity and midlife 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 to which you belong
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 on to his sons hand just a little too tight
This is an irresistible and insightful collection, perfect for new parents and fans of Backmans unparalleled understanding of human nature (Shelf Awareness). As he eloquently reminds us, You can be whatever you want to be, but thats nowhere near as important as knowing that you can be exactly who you are.
Narrator: Santino Fontana
Duration: 3 hours 10 minutes
Released: 19 Jul 2005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio