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Essays on being a dad worth a read; win book

Win a copy of “Daditude,” the new collection of essays about “the joys and absurdities of modern fatherhood” by syndicated columnist Chris Erskine.

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com

I’m a sucker for books filled with essays about the domestic life.

The twist in this one is that it’s written from a male point of view. In “Daditude: The joys & absurdities of modern fatherhood,” syndicated columnist Chris Erskine writes with humor, love, courage and perspective. I would say he’s the male counterpoint to Erma Bombeck, but I realize that a generation has grown up without the humorist’s soft touch and spot-on characterizations of home and family.

Erskine runs the gamut of topics from bringing home a baby to turning 60 to being the strong one while his wife battles cancer.

Maybe it’s because Erskine is a former Midwesterner that makes him relatable to this one, but I think no matter where he lives or works, such as from California, his long-time home, it’s just how he rolls. These essays are beautifully written, thoughtful, and would make not only a nice gift for dad, but for plenty of moms too.

Enter to win a copy by emailing or calling in with your name, town or city of residence and a daytime number. Deadline to enter is 9 a.m. Thursday, June 7. Only one entry per household, please, and the winner must make arrangements to pick up the book at The Courier-Times in New Castle. Either email: dcronk@thecouriertimes.com or call and leave a message: 765-575-4657.