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What I Would Tell Her: 28 Devoted Dads on Bringing Up, Holding On To and Letting Go of Their Daughters

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In this surprisingly vulnerable collection, twenty-eight talented fathers explore the complex, enigmatic bond they have with their daughters. These endearing, often funny and sometimes heartbreaking stories have in common an overpowering sense of responsibility and a depth of affection that is unflinchingly tender. Through their shared experiences, they examine relationshi ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2010)
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Cindy Hudson
Jun 10, 2010 Cindy Hudson rated it really liked it
The relationship between dads and their daughters is often complicated in ways neither understands or is likely to talk about much. A peek into the dad’s side of the equation can be glimpsed through a new collection of stories called What I Would Tell Her: 28 Devoted Dads on Bringing Up, Holding On To and Letting Go of Their Daughters, edited by Andrea N. Richesin.

These stories honestly express the fears, hopes, insecurities, and dreams dads feel for their daughters. There are dads of newborn da
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Rudi
Jan 31, 2011 Rudi rated it liked it
This was an easy read... the essays got repetitive after a while. Some definitely stood out and were better than others. It was good to read about parenting/fatherhood from a man/father's perspective. Especially because my husband, who is an AWESOME dad, isn't quite an "artistic" or "romantic" type who can put his feelings into words. All of the contributors are professional writers, so it kind of limits the scope of experience they have in life. It would've been interesting to read essays writt ...more
Liz
Jul 29, 2010 Liz rated it it was amazing
There are few books that explore the tender, complex relationships between fathers and daughters, and this collection of essays reveals how funny, multi-layered, revealing, or simple these relationships can be. Never sappy but often touching.
Zachary Pitts
Dec 03, 2012 Zachary Pitts rated it liked it
I would only recommend this book to fathers of daughters.

That said, it really did make me realize I can not, and should not, try and protect my daughter from everything. Life is for living, and I'm here to show that to her.
Ted Glick
Jun 26, 2010 Ted Glick rated it liked it
I loved my buddy Colin's story.
Brandon Hobbs
Jan 19, 2011 Brandon Hobbs rated it it was amazing
I bawled. These letters were poignant and beautiful. I completely loved this book cause I indentfy with the aching love of a father to his daughter.
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A whimsical and uplifting book from fathers to daughters. Had me smiling and crying at times. Makes me treasure the relationship I have with my father.
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Andrea N. Richesin is the editor of four anthologies, Crush: 26 Real-life Tales of First Love; Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers Reflect on the Mother-Daughter Bond; What I Would Tell Her: 28 Devoted Dads on Bringing Up, Holding On To, and Letting Go of their Daughters; and The May Queen: Women on Life, Love, Work and Pulling it all Together in Your Thirties. Her books have been excerpted and p ...more
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