"Pop-culture writer Pollack has a reputation as a fun-loving, party-going hipster. For years he danced awkwardly from relationship to relationship, until he found the person he was looking for and settled down (sort of). Now we learn his deep, dark secret: he loves his little boy, loves him with a goofy, all-consuming love that makes him (and the reader) break out into smiles nearly constantly. This book, which recounts the author's transition from hipster guy to hipster dad, is both laugh-out-loud funny and cry-softly poignant. Written in Pollack's in-your-face, no-holds-barred style, it just may be the most offbeat book about parenting ever written, and fans of the author's previous, equally idiosyncratic book--including that pop-culture staple The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature (2000)--will be utterly enraptured."
"Engaging...Pollack is...America's postmodern Erma Bombeck."
Los Angeles Times
Revelatory and funny...He writes deliciously of his son's malapropisms and imaginary playmates, of the intense satisfaction they get joking, moshing and telling stories. More traditional dads surely love their kids just as much, but rarely has the bond felt more moving than it does here."
"Very funny...Pollack shouldn't simply be lumped in with a spurious hipster parenting movement. His book reveals that the core aim of fatherhood has barely budged: provide food, clothing, shelter."
San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Alternadad is more than just the work of a proud papa toking from a vaporizer. Pollack proves himself capable of handling serious subject matter."
The New York Times Book Review
"Amusingly cranky...The hilarious and emotional all-family brouhaha that erupts over the topic of circumcision will resonate with many, as will Pollack's description of the conflicted feelings all parents have at one time or another. "
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Bracingly honest, and so full of love it could just as easily go in the Parenting section, next to Anne Lamont's classic, "Operating Instructions"... "Alternadad" gives comfort, with a bonus of lots of laughs, to every parent who is just doing the best he can. "