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“We are all writing our maybe books full of maybe tomorrows, and each maybe tomorrow brings another maybe tomorrow, and then another, until the last line of the last page receives its period.”
In 2003, already an older father, National Book Award–winning novelist Tim O’Brien resolved to give his young sons what he wished his own father had given to him—a few scraps of paper signed “Love, Dad.” Maybe a word of advice. Maybe a sentence or two about some long-ago Christmas Eve. Maybe some scattered glimpses of their rapidly aging father, a man they might never really know. For the next fifteen years, the author talked to his sons on paper, as if they were adults, imagining what they might want to hear from a father who was no longer among the living.
O’Brien traverses the great variety of human experience and emotion, moving from soccer games to warfare to risqué lullabies, from alcoholism to magic shows to history lessons to bittersweet bedtime stories, but always returning to a father’s soul-saving love for his sons.
The result is Dad’s Maybe Book, a funny, tender, wise, and enduring literary achievement that will squeeze the reader’s heart with joy and recognition.
Tim O’Brien and the writing of Dad’s Maybe Book are now the subject of the documentary film The War and Peace of Tim O’Brien available to watch at timobrienfilm.com
From the Publisher
A Note from Tim O'Brien on Dad's Maybe Book
In 2004, Timmy was barely a toddler, and his brother Tad was little more than a pinprick of protein awaiting the light. But even so, for the next fifteen years, I talked to them on paper as if they were adults, imagining what they might want to hear from a father who was no longer among the living. I told the boys stories about their youth, and about my youth. I talked to them about books I had loved, writers I had admired, a war I had visited, a woman named Meredith who would become their mother. Along the way, I offered a few pointers about this and that. I admonished them to think for themselves, warned them against hypocrisy, and lectured them about the soul-throttling dangers of absolutism . . .
Over and over, I told them how very proud I was of their Rubik’s Cube speed-solving, their hula-hooping, their report cards, their unicycling, and especially their acts of kindness and human decency. I reminded them of funny things they had said and done. I reminded them of sad things, too — one concussion, two broken legs, my mother’s death. I applauded their first intelligible utterances. I used the stories of Ernest Hemingway as a window through which they might glimpse the things that have preoccupied me for more than fifty years—making sentences, making stories.
Tim O'Brien with sons Timmy and Tad
Timmy and Tad O'Brien
Batman (Timmy) and Robin (Tad)
—Wall Street Journal
“[A] stirring blend of memoir, letters to his young sons, and meditations on the humbling nature of parenthood . . . It’s a work that’s the spiritual inheritor of John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley and Kurt Vonnegut’s A Man Without a Country. Like those, Dad’s Maybe Book dwells on the state of America and American life. He takes absolutism to task, finds qualifications for his own pacifism and considers the paradox of a moral society that allows for forever war.”
“Brilliant . . . To say the book is about ‘fatherhood’ is akin to saying that Catch-22 is about World War II.”
—VVA Veteran (Vietnam Veterans of America)
“This moving, heart-wrenching book, so raw in the best of all senses, will make you weep after exulting in life’s energies and 'maybes.' It is genuinely human at every level."
“[A] poignant, resolute meditation on parenthood and on life.”
“Tim O’Brien is back in top form . . . Rather than as a war writer, O’Brien might also object to being thought of as a spiritual writer, the way one thinks of Camus, Hemingway, or Tolstoy. But there he is. One of the essentials.”
—DeWitt Henry,Woven Tale Press
“This book should resonate with any parent who lies awake at night pondering the meaning of existence and what sort of legacy should be left behind . . . a satisfying finale to O’Brien’s illustrious career.”
—Lincoln Journal Star
“A bountiful treasury of fatherly advice, memoir, literary criticism, history, political commentary, and a dash of magic and miracles . . . There are smiles and tears awaiting the reader on every page of this often emotionally charged book, and enough wisdom in it about what it means to be a parent, and a decent human being, to fuel many hours of personal recollection and reflection.”
“A gorgeous book, a love letter and legacy.”
—Psychology Today’s “One True Thing” blog
“This loving gift to [O’Brien’s] now-teenage sons is sprinkled with literary criticism, writing tips, thoughts on his relationship with his father and philosophy on aging and mortality . . . Tender and hilarious.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“[O'Brien] poignantly captures the trials of parenthood... Interspersed throughout are memoiristic chapters sharing his fears and political awakening during his military service in Vietnam and passionately articulating his antiwar beliefs. Like most dads, O'Brien carries the hopes, fears, and dreams of his children in his own heart.”
“A warm account of life as an older dad with two growing sons.”
“A collection of—among other things—briefly noted moments that would have most likely been forgotten: letters from a father to his sons, detailed chapters about a Purple Heart recipient’s experiences in Vietnam and O’Brien’s fondness for Ernest Hemingway.”
—The Arts Fuse
“A candid, vulnerable, and honest portraitof the challenges, humor, and rewards of raising two sons, as well as the lessons learned trying to survive in wartime, trying to find internal peace in peacetime, and trying to get your kids to fall asleep at bedtime.”
—American Writers Museum blog
“A moving meditation on fatherhood.”
—The National, Amtrak’s magazine
“Touching . . . A dazzling dedication to life, love, and fatherhood.”
“Tim O’Brien has written amazingly powerful novels. Now he’s gifting us with a terrific book of personal essays. His every just-the-right word about family, history, war, literature, and love dispatched tears and laughter and contemplation into my brain and heart.”
—Orange County Register
“Is this a book? Maybe. Actually, it’s at least three . . . Ultimately, it is a book about those boys and his unbounded love for them.”
—New York Times Book Review
“O'Brien uses his deft skill of wordplay throughout this latest book . . . Fans of parenting books, memoirs, and stories of Vietnam War veterans will find enjoyment in these heartfelt words.”
“[A] tender memoir . . . With great candor, O’Brien succeeds in conveying the urgency parents may feel at any age, as they ready their children for life without them.”
“O’Brien writes of the bitter irony of being known as a war writer, ‘despite my hatred for war, despite my ineptitude at war, despite my abiding shame at having participated in war.’”
From the Artist
- ASIN : B07LC88BSS
- Publisher : Mariner Books (October 14, 2019)
- Publication date : October 14, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 20252 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 404 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #433,243 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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O’Brien’s subjects for his boys’ consideration (and ours) are panoramic: golf, the homeless, colic, school, alcohol,dreams,unicycles, war, sushi, basketball, golf, and yes, grammar. It’ll be hard to pick your Top Ten sections.All of the ones that use numbered lists or bullet points make my list, but my #1 is #33, one of his Homework chapters. It’s a piece about peace. And it’s angry. You might wince, but you won’t forget. This book proves O’Brien’s ambidextrous—fiction AND non-fiction. Both. Still.
Teachers and Professors—Pair this with Tillie Olsen’s short story “I Stand Here Ironing” and Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead trilogy and you’ve got a rich course for both men and women.
I could stop my review there, and perhaps should, but I can't stop myself from going a bit further. As a disclaimer/caveat: THE THINGS THEY CARRIED is one of my favorite books, it is my favorite to teach, and I come back to it often for its literary brilliance and, most importantly, its insights about life and death. So, I was predisposed to love DAD'S MAYBE BOOK, a memoirish-type book that started as a series of letters from O'Brien to his sons, but which evolved (over almost two decades) to a profound introspective dissection of life itself, society, Vietnam, and the power and importance of story.
I suppose I'm in O'Brien's choir and he can preach at me all day and I'll ask for more, but that doesn't, and shouldn't, detract from the power of this work. I don't have children, but I had a father, and the love O'Brien feels for his children is beautifully—and realistically—portrayed. This book is not, despite its cute-looking cover, a feel-good Hallmark Card: it is an honest appraisal of parenthood, and it is an intellectual and gut-stirring literary masterpiece that shies from nothing. O'Brien pulls no punches. He leaves it all out on the proverbial field, for he has no reason to show restraint . . . his death is as close now as it was when he was a soldier in Vietnam. And for a writer, that is incredibly freeing.
He gives us all the advice a writer needs. He shares hilarious anecdotes. He gets revenge. He advocates for societal change. He strips bare his soul and challenges us to do likewise. He analyzes Hemingway, ponders consciousness, and examines story-power.
This book warms the heart, stimulates the mind, slaps the face, punches the gut, kicks the groin, throws dirt in the face, and holds out a helping hand, and embraces, and promises us it'll be okay.
I'm reminded of James Dickey who said in an interview that he hates when people question his pursuit of "touchy-feely" poetry, telling him to "come off it," and Dickey declares, "I don't want to come off it. I want to get on it. I mean, really."
Which is precisely what O'Brien does here.
As a final note, the book has only just come out, but the audio was available yesterday, and so in a twenty-four hour period I listened to O'Brien narrate his 12-hour book. I can think of no better way to spend a day.
And now I will buy a hardcover and read the book again.