Friday, June 19, 2009

Father's Day

Its almost Father's Day. Time to get our heads around our personal concept of the guy who helped to create what we are today whether it be good, bad, or indifferent. Or if you are a father yourself, a time to celebrate your contributions to our world, your children. Here is a quote that is relevant for the day:

I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. ~ Umberto Eco

Since I am a book lover, I'm going to link several books here that I thought to be interesting and relevant. I have yet to read it either of them but you have to admit the father in the first book is being truly creative with his child. The second is a rewrite of a classic tragedy involving a father and a son.

The first is: Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater by Mathew Amster-Burton;Published May 19th 2009 by Houghton Mifflin;256 pages;

Publisher's Blurb:  Matthew Amster-Burton was a restaurant critic and food writer long before he and his wife, Laurie, had Iris. Now he's a full-time, stay-at-home Dad and his experience with food has changed …a little.Hungry Monkey is the story of Amster-Burton's life as a food-lover--with a child. It's the story of how he came to realize that kids don't need puree in a jar or special menus at restaurants and that raising an adventurous eater is about exposure, invention, and patience. He writes of the highs and lows of teaching your child about food--the high of rediscovering how something tastes for the first time through a child's unflinching reaction, the low of thinking you have a precocious vegetable fiend on your hands only to discover that a child's preferences change from day to day (and may take years to include vegetables again). Sharing in his culinary capers is little Iris, a budding gourmand and a zippy critic herself--who makes hug sandwiches, gobbles up hot chilis, and even helps around the kitchen sometimes.A memoir on the wild joys of food and parenting and the marvelous mélange of the two--Hungry Monkey takes food enthusiasts on a new adventure in eating (with dozens of delicious recipes!). In the end, our guide reminds us: "Food is fun, and you get to enjoy it three times a day, plus snacks!"

And a remake of the tragic yet classic father and son relationship, Shakespeare's Hamlet. I have yet to read this as well but its on my tbr list which is ever growing.

The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig; Published February 1st 2007 (first published 2006) by Viking Adult 336 pages Author's website

Publishers Blurb:  The story of Hamlet is not usually thought of as one meant for laughter. But Matt Haig's able retelling of the tale in The Dead Fathers Club will make you laugh, though it might also evoke a tear. Eleven-year-old Philip Noble is at his father's funeral when who should appear but his father's ghost, who wastes no time in telling Philip that his Uncle Alan, an auto mechanic, tampered with his car, causing the accident that killed him. He warns Philip that Uncle Alan will shortly be tampering with his mother too, because Unctuous Uncle Alan wants the pub that Philip's father owned.

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