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Family Man by Calvin Trillin
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Mar 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: essays, humor

Over the years, I had read Calvin Trillin "here and there", but never read a book of his essays. Then my friend loaned me a copy of Uncivil Liberties & I decided I wanted to read more, but it became a fun game to search for Trillin at library book sales & such, rather than just ordering copies of his books or going to the regular bookstore. So Family Man is the next one I found - at a Dollar Book Store in Tigard, Oregon! (Uh, sorry, Calvin.) You have to love a man who can write so wonderfully about his wife & family without being sickeningly sweet! You also have to love a man who can write about living in New York City, & traveling to Nova Scotia, London, France, & Mexico among other places, without making you just feel grouchy!

This book of essays ends up feeling more like a short memoir about Trillin & his family, & some of the things that happen in families in general - weddings, diaper changing, school plays, family vacations, the fact that all families have their own private words & phrases that they share.

His essay about Thanksgiving - in this book - was fabulous! I'm so glad I'm not the only person in the world with ambivalent feelings toward Thanksgiving!

Trillin. He's funny. Read him.

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