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Read Between the Wines: West Side

For November we will be reading "Dan Gets A Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad" by Dan Zevin.


A coming-of-middle-age tale told with warmth and wit, Dan Gets a Minivan provides the one thing every parent really needs: comic relief. Whether you’re a dude, a dad, or someone who’s married to either, fasten your seat belt and prepare to crack up. The least hip citizen of Brooklyn, Dan Zevin has a working wife, two small children, a mother who visits each week to “help,” and an obese Labrador mutt who prefers to be driven rather than walked. How he got to this point is a bit of a blur. There was a wedding, and then there was a puppy. A home was purchased in New England. A wife was promoted and transferred to New York. A town house. A new baby boy. A new baby girl. A stay-at-home dad was born. A prescription for Xanax was filled. Gray hairs appeared; gray hairs fell out. Six years passed in six seconds. And then came the minivan.

Dan Zevin, master of “Seinfeld-ian nothingness” (Time), is trying his best to make the transition from couplehood to familyhood. Acclimating to the adult-oriented lifestyle has never been his strong suit, and this slice-of-midlife story chronicles the whole hilarious journey—from instituting date night to joining Costco; from touring Disneyland to recovering from knee surgery; from losing ambition to gaining perspective. Where it’s all heading is anyone’s guess, but, for Dan, suburbia’s calling—and his minivan has GPS.

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  • Pat G

    I am trying to RSVP for tonight but it will not let me-even though it says that 18 people RSVP.
    so I will just show up.

    1 · November 19, 2012

  • Kathy M N

    I'm almost done with this book, and as amusing as it is, I don't know if we'll have a lot to talk about....I'm just sayin' lol

    October 23, 2012

    • Jeanne I.

      Oh well, more time to drink wine and talk about other things!

      1 · October 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I see that 20 people are coming to this meetup, but only 18 people voted for which book to read. Whoever didn't vote, please do!

    October 13, 2012

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