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Life Is Short

Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Dad

"A very, very funny book" - Katie Couric

"I just couldn't put it down. It's one of the best nonfiction books I've ever read. I really enjoyed his voice and his turns of phrase. I was laughing out loud and tearing up within a few pages." - Amazon Reader Review

"Nothing I can remember has ever touched me more. I laughed then I cried and then I laughed again, out loud." - Barnes & Noble Reader Review

 


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Scott Benner is always insightful, and often hilarious. I started reading his blog, and fell in love with his writing. When I read he was writing a book, I knew I had to have it. This was a fast, fun read - one that I’ve recommended to at least five other people already. I look forward to more from Mr. Benner.

MEN: Ever wonder about stay-at-home dads? What in the name of testosterone do they DO all day with those kids? I mean, are they really men at all, or are they some strange, invasive alien species, sent to Earth to defy and destroy all gender stereotypes?

WOMEN: Ever dream about stay-at-home dads? Do they really wash clothes, pick up after themselves, take great care of your kids, and have dinner waiting for you when you get home? There must be horrible, secret downside that they don’t warn you about, right?

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Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal provides a rare glimpse into the natural habitat of this most mysterious and splendid of creatures, the North American Stay-at-Home Father (Paternus domesticus). Learn what motivates a man to pursue this noble occupation. Discover the countless joys and periodic sorrows that come with raising a family.

Witness the life and family of Scott Benner, author, activist, humorist, and 12-year stay-at-home dad. When Scott’s daughter, Arden, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of two, his world took a sharp turn, but his positive outlook on life did not waver.

Scott’s colloquial wisdom will warm your heart while it challenges your ideas about parenting and gender roles in today’s household. Written from a truly unique point of view in a style both poignant and playful,Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal is an honest portrait of the modern family.

Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal is the 2013 Gold recipient of the Mom's Choice Award for Contemporary Families

Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal is the 2013 Gold recipient of the Mom's Choice Award for Contemporary Families

I proudly placed his book in my personal library next to Darwin’s The Origin of Species and Tolkien’s The Hobbit
— Amazon Reader Review

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“Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal” is a memoir from Scott Benner, who presents a humorous take on the modern stay-at-home Dad, and what such things now entail in this new world where he has to raise the kids and the changing world around us. “Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal” is a much recommended addition to any modern memoir collection focusing on shifting gender roles.
— Mid West Book Review
His unabashed “dad humor” brings a distinct charm to his writing without being mawkish or overly sentimental.
— Erin Shea - Library Journal

Shades of Erma Bombeck, with a bit more testosterone.
— Andrea Polk - Top 100 Amazon Reviewer

His anecdotes alternate between hilarious and touching, and the book’s conclusion will leave you crying and wanting for more. Parents of kids with chronic illness will especially appreciate the anxieties and insecurities Benner reveals, and his advice for dealing with them truly comes from his heart. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.
— Adam Naddelman, MD, President, Princeton Nassau Pediatrics, PA