Saturday, June 24, 2023

Book Review of Things My Son Needs to Know About The World

 Author Fredrik Backman brings us a selection of charming and humorous essays about fatherhood in Things My Son Needs to Know About the World.

"Things My Son Needs To Know About the World, a memoir by Fredrik Backman


Backman wrote this collection of heartfelt and amusing anecdotes to give his newborn son the tools and understanding he'll need to make his way in the world. The essays touch on a variety of subjects. Each section has a title that conveys the big and small lessons in life Backman wishes to impart to his son. Many are ones that I immediately related to as they brought back memories of life with my own babies and how scary and sometimes overwhelming it can be when you are a first-time parent.

Titles such as...

  • How to find the team to which you belong
  • What you need to know about stuff
  • What you need to know about being a man
  • What you need to know about what happened to the singing plastic giraffe
  • What you need to know about when I hold your hand a little too tight

The essays alternate between humorous side notes, sometimes only a paragraph or a half-page long, and longer essays.

Fredrik Backman and Fatherhood

father and son
Along with the advice to his baby son, Backman also reveals many of his own false steps and fatherly flaws. Between the sleep-deprived lows and the wonderful highs, the author also shares how he fell in love with his son's mother and learned to live a life that revolves around the people you care about unconditionally.


Written in Backman's wonderful style and delightful way with words, this Swedish author brings us an insightful and irresistible collection of 'firsts' that is perfect for new parents.

Backman has an unparalleled understanding of human nature and conveys it all so well.

He ends with reminding us that:

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.”

Links to Other Fredrik Backman Book Reviews:

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*Book Review of Things My Son Needs to Know About the World was written by Wednesday Elf

A Memoir by Fredrik Backman

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  1. This sounds like a wise, delightful and heartwarming book that most parents will relate to. Thanks for the review and recommendation.

  2. This sounds like a wonderful gift to leave for a child, and to share with world. It has me thinking about things I've wanted to leave as a message - really loves this idea

  3. This sounds like a book that would make a wonderful gift to a new father.

  4. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift this would be. Thank you for sharing your review and recommendation.

  5. What a wonderful book! I am sure his son, as well as many others, treasure the words, lessons, & admissions in this book. I personally remember well feeling inadequate and unprepared to be a parent. My children are grown, but I still often feel unprepared as a parent. Our children teach us as much over their lifetime as we teach them. And yes, I sometimes held their little hands too tight and even try to now. I'm sure this is a great book!

  6. This is an author that I really enjoy. He writes in a manner that I think everyone can relate to and that makes him easy to enjoy! Thanks for bringing this one to the forefront. I will read it as well and I know I'll enjoy every minute of the journey through these pages.


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