David McGlynn, author of One Day You'll Thank Me
Fatherhood caught David McGlynn by surprise. His sons were conceived in quick succession—the first when the author was a dirt-poor student, and the second not long after he’d moved his family to start a new job in bucolic Wisconsin. As a result, McGlynn found himself colliding with fatherhood, at once scared to death and utterly thrilled. Just like many new fathers, he hopes he’s doing the right thing—but he’s never quite sure.
One Day You’ll Thank Me translates the small, often hilarious moments common among parents of young children, especially dads, into “life lessons” about fatherhood. Comprised of interconnected chapters—many of which have appeared in such prominent publications as The New York Times, Men’s Health, Parents, Real Simple, and O, The Oprah Magazine—the stories invoke a sense of humor and honesty that expand our understanding of what it means to be an American dad.
David McGlynn is the author of two other books: A Door in the Ocean, reviewed on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air and winner of the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Nonfiction Book Award in 2013, and the story collection The End of the Straight and Narrow, winner of the 2008 Utah Book Award and named an “Outstanding Achievement” by the Wisconsin Librarians’ Association. David’s writing has appeared in Men’s Health, Real Simple, Parents, The New York Times, Swimmer, Best American Sports Writing, and numerous literary journals. He teaches at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and sons.
A lifelong swimmer, he captured a national championship in the 500-yard freestyle at the 2001 United States Masters National Championships. He now competes most regularly in open-water races. On most mornings, he’s the first one in the pool.
"Each brutally honest chapter is filled with heart and humor as McGlynn shares his most tender and most trying moments as a parent ... All parents will relate and enjoy, but fathers of sons will most certainly relish this charming and hilarious tale of fatherhood." --Melissa Norstedt, Booklist
"A pleasing blend of humor and humility that shows what it means to be a father in America today . . . Timeless, funny, and honest stories of raising boys." --Kirkus Reviews
"I am grateful for David McGlynn's thoughtful, vulnerable, and often hilarious observations on fatherhood . . . I can use all the help I can get." --Michael Perry, New York Times bestselling humorist
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