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Do-Over!: In which a forty-eight-year-old father of three returns to kindergarten, summer camp, the prom, and other embarrassments

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Robin Hemley's childhood made a wedgie of his memory, leaving him sore and embarrassed for over forty years. He was the most pitiful kindergartner, the least spirited summer camper, and dateless for prom. In fact, there's nary an event from his youth that couldn't use improvement. If only he could do them all over a few decades later, with an adult's wisdom, perspective, ...more
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Published May 11th 2009 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2009)
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Jana
Aug 30, 2012 Jana rated it it was amazing
So far this crazy author had had me in stitches a few times with his descriptions of what it's like to go back and "do-over" your worst flubs and embarrassments of childhood. Re-doing kindergarten might be fun but camp and 6th grade, eh, I don't think so. Besides I LOVED 6th grade thanks to a teacher who "got me."

But fumbles aside, Robin takes us from the journey of a 48 yr old being in kindergarten one minute to a father of 3 girls and the not-so-much joy of being a Disneyland dad of his two e
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Feb 25, 2012 Maura rated it liked it
Picked this one from the book swap shelf at school and found it intriguing. Robin Hemley decides he wants a mulligan - a do-over of certain parts of his life. He chose what were key moments of his past and then managed to convince the authorities (school principals, camp owners, fraternity officers, etc.) to allow him to relive the experience. That in itself was quite an accomplishment. Along the way he gains some insights and offers commentary on his life past and present.
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Robin Hemley has published seven books of nonfiction and fiction. His latest book, Invented Eden, The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday deals with a purported anthropological hoax in the Philippines. James Hamilton Paterson, writing in the London Review of Books, call Invented Eden, "brave and wholly convincing." John Leonard writes in Harpers, "Besides a terrific story, Invented Eden is a ...more
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