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In Alternadad, Neal Pollack offers a wonderfully candid account of his and his wife's attempt to bring up their son, while still having fun and preserving their attachment to youth culture.

For Pollack, this means bringing the boy to music festivals and teaching him about the history of rock and roll, and nothing brings joy to his heart like hearing his son say he wants to listen to the Ramones. It means having posters of Johnny Cash and not of Wilco, or learning that Baby Bear is a terrible show, while Sesame Street rocks. It means teaching your son to be irreverent without being a bad kid.

In the end, Alternadad is about learning to be a responsible parent who can also teach his son how to mosh. It also just might become the parenting bible for a new generation of parents trying to raise their kids in an increasingly homogenized and uptight culture.

©2007 Neal Pollack; (P)2007 Recorded Books

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  • Todd
  • Princeton, NJ, United States
  • 10-22-10

Fantastic

Really, Really enjoyed this book. Having the author read it makes it very conversational and fun. Highly recommended

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  • Eric
  • SCOTTSDALE, AZ, USA
  • 10-12-09

Great read for Dads who try to be cool.

Any Dad who grew up in the 70's and 80's will relate to something this funny memoir. Neil's reading makes the story even more personal, as he tries to figure out how to be cool, and raise a cool kid.

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