DADDY LONG LEGS: THE NATURAL EDUCATION OF A FATHER
*2013 Midwestern Connections Book Pick. Midwest Independent Booksellers Association.
In this thoughtful, funny memoir about the joy and vulnerability of parenthood, award-winning author John T. Price tells of this quest, after a heart-attack scare, to wake up to the good things in his life, including his mouse-infested old house, his bug-and-animal-obsessed children and the wisdom of his dying grandmother.
DADDY LONG LEGS:
THE NATURAL EDUCATION OF A FATHER
"It is with great tenderness and hope that Price leads us again and again, just as his two boys lead him, to a vision of nature that is at once domestic and startlingly wild, at once everyday and extraordinary. Such a vision must include death, of course; but Price and his family turn our attention to all the life, no matter how small, that keeps insisting on itself, like Robert Frost's brave little plant: 'the sturdy seedling with arched body comes/Shouldering its way and shedding the earth crumbs.'"--ISLE
"...Price brilliantly depicts the gift of letting go, of continuity, by revealing the resilient presence of his own family/childhood."--Chicago Tribune
"John Price has the precious ability to distill--gently, scrupulously--the heroism and beauty from his ordinary life in an ordinary place in the middle of America." --Kurt Anderson, host of Studio 360
"Like America's best essayists--think E.B. White--John Price's sidesplitting stories about his family develop in their own time into heartrending relfections on living and dying, and why living must be wholeharted if it is to be anything at all, and why dying can be as beautiful as an emerging moth"--Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Wild Comfort
"This gentle, ingenuous, and funny memoir of a flawed father is as Midwestern as the Loess Hills, and as universal as family itself. From worms to wings, mantids to spiders, dads to kids, John Price parses the natural history of a human family in all its mortality and wider habitat as well as anyone I've read in years." --Robert Michael Pyle, author of Magdalena Mountain
“Filled with grace, deep compassion, and the necessary consolation of the natural world, John Price’s Daddy Long Legs is a wise and articulate portrait of family and fatherhood. If this book had wings, it would settle gently onto your chest, just above the heart.”—Dinty W. Moore, author of The Mindful Writer
“John Price has long been the funniest man in the nature business. Now he's gotten personal and invited us into the fascinating ecosystem that is his family, a world of bugs and woodchucks, children and parents. With his characteristic wit, and a little wisdom, too, he weaves family and nature into a beautiful and inspiring story of growth.”—David Gessner, author of Return of the Osprey
“In the ‘no-kill zone’ surrounding John Price’s house and yard, his kids attach freely and fiercely to bugs, tadpoles, and guy dolls. What he and his wife are really creating is a no-kill zone for the heart. Read this funny, wrenching testimony on the doubts, humiliations, and joys of committed fatherhood as you would any fine literature. But read it also as a manual on how to unearth, then build upon, your own foundations in family and place.”—Julene Bair, author of One Degree West: Reflections of a Plainsdaughter
“When Dante wandered lost in a dark wood midway through the journey of life, he was led back onto the path by the poet Virgil. John Price was led out of his own dark wood by less famous guides—his rambunctious sons, his patient wife, a wise grandmother, countless wild creatures, and the Midwestern prairie. With grace and wit, he tells in these pages the story of how the love of people and land restored his sense of purpose, his courage in the face of loss, and his joy in living. It is an ancient story, made fresh.”—Scott Russell Sanders, author of Earth Works: New & Selected Essays