The ties that bind

Pasatiempo - - In Other Words - — Rob DeWalt

With Mother’s Day now be­hind us and Fa­ther’s Day just about a month away, the greet­ing-card in­dus­try is at the peak of its sen­ti­men­tal guilt har­vest. But of­ten, what must be said be­tween par­ents and chil­dren can’t be achieved by a card, a silk tie, or a box of choco­lates. En­ter Robert Wilder and Diana Joseph, two writ­ers who make no bones about the pro­found ten­der­ness and end­less sup­ply of hu­mor to be mined from the peo­ple they love.

Wilder — a lo­cal colum­nist and author — cel­e­brates the re­lease of edi­tor An­drea N. Rich­esin’s What I Would Tell Her: 28 De­voted Dads on Bring­ing Up, Hold­ing On To, and Let­ting Go of Their Daugh­ters, a fol­low-up

to Be­cause I Love Her: 34 Women Writ­ers Re­flect on the Mother-Daugh­ter Bond. Wilder’s con­tri­bu­tion to the an­thol­ogy is a heartwrench­ing yet hi­lar­i­ous es­say ti­tled “The Man on the Stairs,” in which he states, “A fa­ther’s love for his daugh­ter is borne out of weak­ness and that’s the way it should be.”

In her up­roar­i­ously funny and bru­tally hon­est mem­oir, I’m Sorry You Feel That Way: The As­ton­ish­ing but True Story of a Daugh­ter, Sis­ter, Slut, Wife, Mother, and Friend to Man and Dog, Joseph looks back at the male fig­ures in her life that helped de­fine her, in­clud­ing her fa­ther, her con­ser­va­tive son, and a dog that humps fur­ni­ture. As part of their Bada$$ Mother-fa­ther Tour, Wilder and Joseph read from and sign copies of their most re­cent pub­lished works at 6 p.m. Fri­day, May 14, at Col­lected Works Book­store, 202 Gal­is­teo St., 988-4226.

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