Fatherhood after a heart attack – how things change

Professor John Price had it happen to him. And no education in the world helped prepare him for it.

By Daddyhood Staff
Posted on May 16, 2014 - 6:32pm

OMAHA, Nebraska (Daddyhood.net)  

daddy long legs book“The first worm, Daddy! The first worm of spring!”

Those joyous words of University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) professor John Price’s 3-year-old son begin a new memoir on fatherhood.

Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father” follows Price’s rediscovery of what it means to be a father after a heart attack scare forces him to re-evaluate what is important in life.

The book’s title is in reference to a major arc in the book, in which Price’s nature-loving sons decide to make their house a “no-kill zone” for all living creatures – and all of the encounters with insects that follow.

“Daddy Long Legs is an everyman’s tale demonstrating the upside of Tolstoy’s famous line: happy families are all alike,” writes Kurt Anderson, an Omaha native and host of the Peabody-winning public radio program Studio 360. “Thank goodness for gifted storytellers who can depict the good luck and hard work of being a member of one of those families.”

“Filled with grace, deep compassion, and the necessary consolation of the natural world, John Price’s Daddy Long Legs is a wise and articulate portrait of family and fatherhood,” says Dinty W. Moore, author of “The Mindful Writer” and winner of the National Book Prize for Non-Fiction in 2008. “If this book had wings, it would settle gently onto your chest, just above the heart.”

Price is the director of UNO’s Creative Nonfiction writing program, which is part of the Department of English. Price is also the author of 2008’s “Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships,” which won Orion Magazine’s “2009 Reader’s Choice Award,” and 2004’s “Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey into the American Grasslands.”

Daddyhood Staff

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