Things My Son Needs to Know about the World
As he conveys his profound awe at experiencing all the "firsts" that fill him with wonder and catch him completely unprepared, Fredrik Backman doesn't shy away from revealing his own false steps and fat ...more
I h ...more
I knew I loved this author for a reason!
Fredrik Backman stole my heart with “A Man Called Ove” but he has been keeping it in safekeeping ever since.
This is Backman’s first non-fiction book, a series of essays about parenting that nearly anyone who has children, no matter what age they are now, or cared for them, can relate to. His musings are laugh out loud funny, chronicling the insanity an infant can s ...more
Fredrik Backman - throughout every single essay in “Things My Son Needs to Know About the World” I felt your immense love for your son (and of course your wife!). It bursts forth like the air escaping out of a balloon: whoosh!! It’s mad, crazy, fabulous love!
Reading this, I laughed hysterically at times, where I felt my whole body convulsing with laughter and then there were moments, where I felt my eyes fill and I felt tears at the back of my throat and I knew that yo ...more
Once again, Backman's writing is imbued with tremendous he ...more
My mom use to tell me, “great things come in small packages”.
It’s true.....”Things My Son Needs To Know About The World”.....is a great small package.
It’s only around 200 pages. Some pages only have a few words.
A father loves his son. ....is the most important message in this great little package.
“Because we love you.
That’s all this is about. We want you to be better than us. Because if our kids don’t grow up to be better than us, then what ...more
When I read a book that shows some insight into the life of a favored author, I often find myself wanting a little more info ...more
This is a very “Dad humor” book for Dads who appreciate a self-deprecating approach to parenthood. While we often feel like we cannot possibly be any worse at doing ...more
Laughs....lots of laughs, words of wisdom....oh so true observations....and mishaps, can't forget the mishaps!
THINGS MY SON NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD brought back so many, now laughable, memories from when my son was a baby and toddler. Although times have greatly changed, some things just don't....like poop!
Backman begins with poop....lots of poop....all different kinds and colors of poop. When will it arrive, always at inopportune times, of course, (will never forget the explo...more
This is, in part, a memoir of Backman’s own life, a reflection on love in the romantic sense, the marital sense, and the parent-child / father-son sense; a reflection on life, and all the small (and large) life lessons we need to learn along the path from infant to adulthood; and on religion in a somewhat broad and sweeping sense that allows for this being a choice one eventually makes, one way or the other. Overall, it is a life manual - love letter for and to his son, shari ...more
The chapters are themed with the following topics:
-What you need to know about motion sensitive bathroom lights
-What you need to know about IKEA
-What you need to know about soccer
-What you need to know about stuff
-What you need to know about being a man
-What you need to know about God and airports
-What you need to kno ...more
Many thanks to Atria Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
A lot of people say that the bible is God’s love letter to us (which is great because there is nothing more love letter-ey than rape, murder, and mass genocide) and likewise, Things My Son Needs to Know About The World is Fredrik’s love letter to his son. A love letter that, in my opinion, shouldn’t have and didn’t need to be published.
Firstly, it felt like I was reading a diary or email thread. Throughout the ent ...more
I didn't expect Backman's latest to be this enjoyable, this good, which is ridiculous given that I loved each and every one of Backman's books, but there you have it ... surprised. I read it in one seating, I can't remember the last time I did that.
It charmed me from the very first page and it kept me entertained with its humour, self-deprecation and observations on parenting, relationships and a few ...more
I loved the first few pages. And I absolutely loved the last chapter on love.
In between, I really couldn't stay on track because of the all the titbits which it seemed were unnecessary and written just to stretch the writing.
Each chapter would start with a topic but I felt like the topic was left behind and the author got caught up with so many things that he actually forgot what he was writing about, or just to be on point.
The author seemed really distrac ...more
When I think of Fredrik Backman I usually think of his two Beartown novels. There’s just nothing else that stayed with me for quite so long. Still is staying with me, actually. But those are seriously dark and emotionally draining novels that make you want to rage and scream. In a good way. I almost forgot that this guy can also make people look at you like you‘re Bill Murray on that cross trainer in Lost in Translation. In other words, he can make you ...more
I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest revi ...more
I am one of Mr. Backman's biggest fans. Even those books of his that aren't my all-time favourites still hold a special place on my bookshelf and in my soul. So it's very difficult for me to say that I did not like this book very much.
I really adore the concept of this book: a collection of essays and other tidbits that Backman has written to his young son. Some of the anecdotes included within are certainly amusing. I really enjoyed the quick notes between the longer essays.
But I strugg ...more
I was thrilled to be able to get my hands on this book early. I put off reading this book for as long as I could because I knew it wouldn’t take me long to read it and I wanted to have it to look forward to. I will read anything Fredrik Backman writes. His writing is honest and vulnerable and you can just FEEL the emotions he was f ...more
Fredrik B is a treasure. That's all there is to it.
Totally re-readable. Still funny 2nd time through.
Warning: Stereotypes present, celebrated and heavily depended upon; however, all are pertinent and, IMO 150% appropriate.
5 stars from this grandmother of 8, mother of 5.
“Words matter. Be better.”
🌟 This was kind of a short book and so will be this review! The book is just 200 pages but as expected from Mr.Backman, those 200 are funny and very important.
🌟 Mr.Backman has such a wonderful writing style that I think makes his book such a success. He also has a kind of an acquired taste of humor that is very similar to mine and that’s why I find his books very relatable and enjoyable.
🌟 A ...more
Then he became different I didn't loved as much Beartown and even less Us Against You. Maybe he had too much pressure to publish, but the magic was fading.
In this book he writes to his son, about fatherhood mostl ...more
Video review: https://youtu.be/tSzCm3Ohs4E ...more
Being a new mom I completely related to this book. My son is 1 and I wish that I wrote him something like this that he could read when he gets a little older. This is my first book by Backman that I’ve read and I completely adored it. The way he describes the fatherhood side of things is so funny and yet down to earth and real. His emotions are so raw and the way he describes his feelings for his wife and son completely tore at my heartstrings. A lot of people always focus ...more
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