In the best-selling and beloved tradition of Dave Barry, a coming-of-middle-age tale by Thurber finalist Dan Zevin, master of “Seinfeld-ian nothingness” (Time) about a man’s inevitable transition into mid-life and fatherhood.
The least hip citizen of Brooklyn, Dan Zevin has a working wife, two small children, a mother who visits each week to “help,” and an obese Labrador mutt who prefers being driven rather than walked. How he got to this point is a bit of a blur. There was a wedding, and then there was a puppy. A wife was promoted and transferred to New York. A townhouse. A new baby boy. A new baby girl. A stay-at-home dad was born. A prescription for Xanax was filled. Six years passed in six seconds. And then came the minivan.
Not just a daddy book, Dan Gets a Minivan is about a guy who happens to be a dad. Acclimating to adulthood has never been his strong suit, and this slice-of-midlife story chronicles the whole hilarious journey—from instituting date night to joining Costco; from touring Disneyland to recovering from knee surgery; from losing ambition to gaining perspective. Where it’s all heading is anyone’s guess, but, for Dan, suburbia’s calling—and his minivan has GPS.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Someone who likes quick listens
Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Zevin again?
Have you listened to any of Dan Zevin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
He read the story fine.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Few laughs in some of his experiences that I can relate to but some were to stretched out. Got boring.
Any additional comments?
Had high expectations being a 1st time father. I have listened to a few other "father" type comedies. This one just fell short. Started funny with the mini-van chapters and a couple others but some of the stories were just too drawn out. Wouldve been better to shorten a few and add some other experiences.