The Joys & Absurdities of Modern Fatherhood
By Chris Erskine
Hardcover | $18.95
Wise, wry, and witty essays on fatherhood from Chris Erskine, the beloved columnist for the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune
Life is never peaceful in Chris Erskine’s house, what with the four kids, 300-pound beagle, chronically leaky roof, and long-suffering wife, Posh. And that’s exactly the way he likes it, except when he doesn’t. Every week in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and other papers, Erskine distills, mocks, and makes us laugh at the absurdities of modern fatherhood. And now, he’s gathered the very best of these witty and wise essays—and invited his kids (and maybe even Posh) to annotate them with updated commentary, which they promise won’t be too snarky.
This handsome book is the perfect gift for the father who would have everything—if he hadn’t already given it all to his kids.
Praise for Daditude
“Chris Erskine hits nothing but home runs. His work is replete with wit, context, perception, and almost always a healthy dose of compassion. I’ve loved his columns for years. You will, too.”
— Al Michaels, legendary sportscaster
“No one writes columns like these. They have the warmth of family life columns from the sixties, but they are fully modern and encompass so much of life as we live it right now.… There is a haunting doubleness to these essays—always there is something elegiac. They are about the passing of time in your own family, but they stand also for a passing kind of American life.”
— Caitlin Flanagan, contributing editor of The Atlantic and former staff writer at The New Yorker
Praise for Erskine’s Writing
Two-time Los Angeles Times Bestselling Author
“However you slice it, fatherhood has provided Erskine with some great material.”
“Filled with humorous family anecdotes that are sure to appeal to anyone who has children.”
— TV Cheat Sheet
About the Author
Chris Erskine is a longtime humor columnist who mines the rich worlds of fatherhood, marriage, and suburbia; his columns are featured weekly in the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, and they also appear sometimes in many papers, including the Buffalo News, Orlando Sentinel, Arizona Republic, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The father of four and resident of a quiet LA suburb, Erskine is also a staff editor and writer at the Los Angeles Times, as well as the author of two previous books, Man of the House and Surviving Suburbia.