Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik BackmanThings My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World

byFredrik Backman

Paperback | April 30, 2019

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Fredrik Backman, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown, delivers a poignant and insightful memoir from the front lines of one of the most daunting experiences any man can experience: fatherhood.

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World is bestselling author Fredrik Backman’s revealing look at the relationship between fathers and sons. Delving deep into his own experience and speaking directly to his child, Backman reflects on the perspective and tools his son will need to make his way in the world.

As he conveys his profound awe at facing all the “firsts” that fill him with wonder and catch him completely unprepared, Backman doesn’t shy away from divulging his own false steps and fatherly flaws. Along the way, he tackles issues both great and small, from masculinity and mid-life crises to practical jokes and poop.

In between the sleep-deprived lows and wonderful highs, Backman takes a step back to share the sweet, true story of falling in love with a woman who is his complete opposite, and learning to live a life that revolves around the people he cares about unconditionally. Alternating between humorous side notes and longer essays offering his son guidance about growing up, Backman contemplates the big and small moments that form their shared life, from soccer matches and Ikea trips to first homes and young love.

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World is Backman as you’ve never seen him before—intimate, vulnerable, and brave. Above all, it is a tribute to the love between a parent and a child. For, as Backman eloquently reminds us, “You can be whatever you want to be, but that’s nowhere near as important as knowing that you can be exactly who you are.”
Carl Fredrik Backman is a Swedish columnist who grew up in Helsingborg. He has been writing for Helsingborgs Dagblad and Moore Magazine. He debuted in 2012 with the novel A Man Called Ove. He is also the author of My grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. Both were number one bestsellers in his native Sweden and have been publis...
Title:Things My Son Needs to Know About the WorldFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:208 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8.38 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:April 30, 2019Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:150119822X

ISBN - 13:9781501198229


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Whimsical and Fun! Fredrik Backman is one of my favorite authors. His writing style is fun and he succeeds to make me LOL a lot. Things My Son Needs to Know About the World is a message to his son. It is full of advice on what to do or not to do to make it in this world. The book is divided into several quirky short stories which will make you laugh and think. This is a must-read to all parents who think they are not so good at this thing called parenting. After reading this book, you will appreciate that you are not so bad after all. Word of advice: choose well where you read this book. I was reading it in the quiet zone on my commuter train and burst out laughing many times and I was getting angry or annoyed looks by those seated around me. I pointed to the book and mouthed that they should read this one. Some nodded in agreement. WIN!
Date published: 2019-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I love reading this book it was exciting and fast paced. You get attached to the characters very quickly and they become very real. I would recommend this book to any young person.
Date published: 2019-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bang Bang! I just loved this book. My boys are both teenagers now, but I could relate to many things in here. It was a light, fun and quick read. From what you need to know about soccer, to airports, God and love. He just about covers it all. Fredrick Backman doesn't disappoint. Thank you #NetGalley for the advanced copy. #ThingsMySonNeedsToKnowAboutTheWorld
Date published: 2019-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Backman at His Best (Advanced Reader’s Copy provided by Atria Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review) This is 100% a 5 star rating from me. I believe that this nonfiction book will make you feel those emotions that connect us all- you may cry, you may laugh, you may gasp, while reading it. Parents and guardians of children may particularly enjoy this because of how realistic and frank Backman is- there is a section dedicated to poop!! Academics may also enjoy this book because the topics of religion and gender studies are explored. There is a chapter on airports and how they relate to religion- you’ll have to read the book yourself to find out how they are related I particularly enjoy a section on masculinities. Backman also acknowledges his wife, her role in parenting and the relationship/marriage, her magnificence, and overall exemplifies that she is amazing! #indigoemployee #gifted
Date published: 2019-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I could mess this up - with love from your dad Such a charming book about the author's reflection on being a Dad. Told with humour, truth and so much love. These words gave me some laugh out loud moments from the author of #Beartown and #UsAgainstYou and will not disappoint if you are a fan. Being a parent is not always easy, and Backman shares the trials of living up to the potential of being a real 'grown up". This is a book which could be passed along to any new parent along with the feeding and diapering essentials. It would be a lovely shower gift for a Dad! Not only is this book written as a heads up to his growing child but as a beautiful (and realistic) love story to his wife. Although I might not be the target audience for this book, even this grandma enjoyed it.
Date published: 2019-03-25

Editorial Reviews

“This charming debut novel by Backman should find a ready audience with English-language readers . . . hysterically funny . . . wry descriptions, excellent pacing. . . . In the contest of Most Winning Combination, it would be hard to beat grumpy Ove and his hidden, generous heart.”