Picks and Pans Review: Father's Day
by Bill McCoy
Call it natal attraction. Two years ago, the author fell head over heels in love with a "purplish-red slime-covered beauty queen" who, once cleaned up and swaddled, was thereafter known as Amanda.
In Father's Day, McCoy, a senior editor at Parents magazine, chronicles the trials and triumphs of his debut as a daddy. "My own task as a braggart," he writes, "has been simplified by the fact that Amanda provides a regular supply of top-notch material. This was particularly true in her first year, when she started sleeping through the night almost right off the bat and took to nursing effortlessly while being considerate enough to wean herself within days of the appearance of her first tooth."
McCoy's prose doesn't push past workmanlike, and he apologizes more than he should for expressing ordinary sentiments. But he never lapses into the noisome self-congratulation of Bob Greene's Good Morning, Merry Sunshine. And he writes with such warmth and openheartedness about Amanda and his hopes for her that it's hard not to be touched. Father's Day will have dads—and moms—smiling and muttering, "Yeah, Bill. Me too." (Times Books, $20)
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