With the #allcaps madness around here this week, “Us Against You” could not have come at a better time! I’m not particularly enthusiastic about sports, so reading (and LOVING) “Beartown” was a peculiar choice for me. However, much like “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach, these books aren’t really about sports, but beautifully examines how sports can help boys become men and learn how to be in the world with others and themselves. Where “Beartown” uses hockey to remind us of how hard it is to be a teenager, this book illustrates how impossible it is to get parenting just right. . Backman delivers again with this one, which is currently my favorite read of 2018. It’s thought-provoking, moving without being overly sentimental, and like all of Backman’s work, laced with humor.
“What does it take to be a good parent? Not much. Just everything. Absolutely everything.” . . There have been some illuminating thought on parenting in my recent reads. Just a few pages into “Us Against You” by @backmansk and I’m hooked.