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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (483 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neal Pollack Narrator: Neal Pollack Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/20/2014

    " On audio. I enjoyed the story, I could certainly relate on a few levels. I think my biggest takeaway was that if you open yourself up on a blog you're going to be a target - another reason besides laziness not to go that route! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by RandomAnthony | 2/19/2014

    " I don't know, I didn't think this book was that good. Pollack isn't a bad writer, but he's smarmy and privileged (oh my God! I don't get to go out every night when I have a kid!) and feels comfortable making broad, silly assumptions based on the one article his wife finds on google that cooresponds with his perspective. How convenient. I appreciate him trying to delve hard into the complexity of parenthood, and every now and then he does a good job of acknowledging his own mistakes and successes, but he lets himself off the hook, and presents himself as the expert of all things based on shoddy research, too much for my liking. Blah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angela | 2/17/2014

    " Normally I despise books by and about self-involved people I know I would loathe in person (see: Julie and Julia), but I perversely like Neal Pollack's prose anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ashley | 2/10/2014

    " Met him at the Sanibel writer's conference. Amazing author, very funny. This is a must read. "

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About the Author
Author Neal Pollack

Neal Pollack is the author of several acclaimed books of satirical fiction and nonfiction, including the cult classic The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, as well as Doward-Facing Death and Alternadad. A contributor to many magazines, newspapers, and websites, he also keeps a semidaily blog at www.NealPollack.com, and is a certified yoga instructor, the lead singer of The Neal Pollack Invasion, and a roller-derby announcer.  He lives in Los Angeles with his family.