Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father

Daddy Long Legs The Natural Education of a Father If David Sedaris and Annie Dillard had a literary love child and raised him in Iowa he would write like this The Iowan John Price appears to have thrown in the towel He has spent the last year strugg

  • Title: Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father
  • Author: John T. Price
  • ISBN: 9781611800029
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • If David Sedaris and Annie Dillard had a literary love child and raised him in Iowa, he would write like this The Iowan John Price appears to have thrown in the towel He has spent the last year struggling to support his family, neglecting to spend time with his wife and children, and becoming increasingly cynical about the degraded state of the natural world around him If David Sedaris and Annie Dillard had a literary love child and raised him in Iowa, he would write like this The Iowan John Price appears to have thrown in the towel He has spent the last year struggling to support his family, neglecting to spend time with his wife and children, and becoming increasingly cynical about the degraded state of the natural world around him After a heart attack scare, however, his wife demands that he start appreciating all the good things in his life their mouse infested old house, their hopelessly overgrown yard, and most of all, the joys and humiliations of parenthood In his quest to become a better father, Price faces many unexpected challenges like understanding his grandmother s decision to die, and supporting his nature loving sons decision to make their home a no kill zone for all living creatures Still he finds the second chance he was looking for to save himself and, perhaps, his small corner of an imperfect yet still beautiful world.

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    About "John T. Price"

    1. John T. Price

      Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1966, he attended the University of Iowa, where he earned his B.A in Religion, M.F.A in Nonfiction Writing and Ph.D in English A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and other recognitions, his nonfiction writing about nature, family, and spirit has appeared in many journals, magazines, newspapers, and anthologies including Orion, The Christian Science Monitor, Creative Nonfiction, Isotope, and Best Spiritual Writing 2000 He is a Professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he teaches nonfiction writing,and a fellow at the Black Earth Institute He lives with his wife Stephanie and three sons in the Loess Hills of western Iowa.

    849 thoughts on “Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father”

    1. A five star review for "Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father" by John PriceA must readJust in time for Father's Day!


    2. In truth, there are a few four-letter words in this memoir, but really, the tone is so wholesome that one would hardly know it. In fact, it's almost as if the book comes with a "Good Housekeeping" Seal of Approval. It's that apple-pie family-oriented. Maybe the setting of Iowa helps. I somehow think of that state as a healthy slice of wholesome (not counting genetically-modified corn, that is).The main narrative arc consists of a middle-aged writer/professor who has a nascent heart issue, young [...]


    3. What I found particularly engaging, was taking into account the metamorphosis I experienced reading Daddy Long Legs. I started off trying to first pick up on John's muse. Was I about to indulge in a little dry wit a lot dry wit? Would it require tissues, or waiting on a mood to suit the prose to finish?But before I could pin down the muse, I happened on Steph, marveling over her perspective on life `concentrating on what is, rather than what's missing'. I walked right into loving her mothering o [...]


    4. A beautiful and funny memoir about love, loss, and never taking anything for granted. This memoir is about John T. Price's look at life after a cardiac scare. He begins to take a closer look at the family he hasn't spoken to in a long while because of how busy he was. He got to know his little boys a lot better, and after a scare with his wife, began to join the family for outings that he never used to go on. This book is an eye opener to people just going with the flow in life, and encourages t [...]


    5. In Daddy Long Legs, author John Price and his two young sons, Ben and Spencer, keep their adventures close to home. Price is a University of Nebraska at Omaha professor and author of two previous books of nonfiction, Man Killed by Pheasant: And Other Kinships and Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey into the American Grasslands. This memoir begins with a vaguely diagnosed “cardiac event” brought on by the stresses of parenting and work, and evolves into a meditation on life and [...]


    6. This was an engaging look, from a father's point of view",of the coming to terms with the finality of life.As Price learns how to be a father he also learns to face the mortality of both himself and his grandmother.It wasn't the story I thought it would be, but he has a good style and the book reads as a collection of intermingled essays.I found myself looking ahead to the end of each chapter, to see if I could guess the moral.


    7. Ah, memoirs. This one's a humdinger. A quiet, funny, stealthily engrossing memoir about fatherhood. I love cuddling into the chapters as I don't have kids. Price's boys are just buck nakedly decent human beings who adore nature beyond all adult reason. I gave this to my sweetheart for father's day. He loves it, too. Meet Wilma the worm, and Baby the bendable blue velvet warrior, and Gramma K. and her crabby chihuahua. Spend some time with one funny Iowan, John Price, whose heart expands through [...]


    8. You couldn't hope for a warmer, more thoughtful and enjoyable summer read than this. Here is a father who not only shows up, but reaches into the child-rearing mire so consistently and deeply that he really does need eight long limbs. Thanks, John Price, for the example and for your many insights and the many laughs. (Don't forget the laughs. This is also one of the funniest memoirs I've ever read.)


    9. As usual, Price doesn't disappoint. He has a marvelously straightforward narrative style which is very emotionally powerful (at both the hysterical and the heartbreaking times) but there is never a heavy hand about it, no forcing. You feel it because you feel it. Price also manages to become extremely intimate with the reader. Often, it feels as if you are sharing someone else's meditation. In any event, this is a wonderful book from a moving writer. It is not to be missed.


    10. Written by the professor heading up University of Nebraska at Omaha's Creative Nonfiction program, this memoir provides a close look of family life in the Price household. It is full of cute and interesting stories about the Price doctrine of living creatures. The relationships between family members run the gamut from cute to funny, from deep love to grieving loss. I laughed. I cried. It is a truly unique story about an unusual family told as only an incredible writer can tell it.


    11. Enjoyed it very much, except the title is a bit misleading. It's a good book, but it's about John Price having a sort of midlife crisis revolving in part around the dying and death of his grandmother. The kids do play a role, but a smaller role than I expected from the title. And the parents were already interested in nature. Don't get me wrong, it's very worth reading.


    12. John T. Price's memoir of parenthood and (re)discovering the natural world is a beautiful portrait of the challenges and wonders of being a new parent, and I love the way that he integrates the natural history of the Loess Hills in western Iowa with his own family story. The characters of the children Ben and Spencer in particular are lovingly and comically rendered. A wonderful book.


    13. I received a free copy of this book through a first reads giveaway. An absolutely delightful book about the joys and sometimes the creepy crawly things, of fatherhood. John T. Price manages to make it sound magical, which to a loving father, I suppose it is. Daddy Long Legs is funny as well as thoughtful.


    14. Absolutely loved this book. The childhood similarities along with geographic similarities made this even more enjoyable. Life is about choices, and one should try to never lose the idea of what home is.



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