Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Donald Miller on boys without dads

Coming soon to a bookshelf near you, by the author of Blue Like Jazz, is a new book on boys without fathers, To Own a Dragon: Reflections on Growing Up Without a Father. You can download the first chapter here.

Here's a teaser, comparing Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable with life in a home without a dad: "My mom was great, don't get me wrong, but the only guests we ever had at our house were from the singles group at church, and none of them ever whipped out a trombone to play 'When the Saints Go Marching In' or tap-danced in the living room or recited a piece of epic prose about the Underground Railroad on which 'our people' had traversed from oppression and slavery to freedom. Our guests, rather, ate meatballs on paper plates and talked bitterly about their ex-husbands."

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