Things I Learned About My Dad (in Therapy), by Heather B. Armstrong
Title: Things I Learned About My Dad (in Therapy)
Author: Heather B. Armstrong
Originally Published: 2008
Format I Read: Hardback
I must confess a little something. I have been an avid reader of Dooce for years. It is a “mommy blog,” yes, but I enjoyed it well before I had a child. I love the writing most of all. So, when Heather B. Armstrong, the creator of Dooce, published her first book, I had to read it. It Sucked and Then I Cried is an excellent memoir that explores pregnancy and being a new mother and post-partum depression and mental illness. And it’s hilarious. Did I mention that Armstrong lives in Utah?
Armstrong’s second foray into published works was to edit a collection of essays on fatherhood called Things I Learned About My Dad (in Therapy). Two of the included essays are hers and one was written by her now estranged husband, Jon.
Unfortunately, I didn’t love the collection. Each of the pieces was easy to read. But, for a book about fatherhood, I felt relatively unconnected to the authors. And many of the essays, as well as the arrangement of the essays, felt uneven. I felt as if each piece were simply a lengthier blog post. And that makes sense, as almost every contributor is, in fact, a blogger. My favorite essays were “Ten Conclusions from Four Years of Fatherhood,” by Kevin Guilfoile and “Peas and Domestic Tranquility,” by Greg Knauss. While some of the essays contained hilarity and parenting truths, this collection just didn’t quite gel for me.
Things I Learned About My Dad (in Therapy), by Heather B. Armstrong [rating:3]