How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together

How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together

In this "refreshingly relatable" (Outside) memoir, Slate editor Dan Kois sets out with his family on a journey around the world to change their lives together. What happens when one frustrated dad turns his kids' lives upside down in search of a new way to be a family? Dan Kois and his wife always did their best for their kids. Busy professionals living in the() In this "refreshingly relatable" (Outside) memoir, Slate editor Dan Kois sets out with his family on a journey around the ...

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Title:How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together
Author:Dan Kois
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0316552623
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together Reviews

  • Liz
    Oct 09, 2019
    Despite my serious envy of the parents who packed up their suburban DC life and took their daughters on a round-the-world trip for a year, and despite the audacious privilege inherent in this trip (the most "challenging" place they stayed was...Costa Rica??), this book is sharp and hil...
  • Katie
    Jun 10, 2019
    I really enjoyed this book, and clearly am the exact right demographic to appreciate it--we're about 8 years behind Kois's family, but we too are an editor and an attorney who moved to the DC suburbs with a kid, few friends, and too little time. So I can definitely get where he's comin...
  • Amy
    Oct 04, 2019
    I love a good travel memoir-especially about families traveling around the world! This one was super interesting-and the author didn't sugar coat the trip. It was rocky and not fun as a parent sometimes. I was especially intrigued by the schools around the world their daughters encount...
  • Laura Dye
    Oct 11, 2019
    Had no intention of reading, much less buying, this book until I heard the author read a chapter aloud on one of my favorite podcasts. (Mom and dad are fighting) The existential crisises he spoke about were so relatable that I immediately bought the book. Loved it. Smart and funny, sha...
  • Christa
    Nov 01, 2019
    Family Travel Lit Authenticity Reward! Loved this. Couldn?t stop reading it. Have been a long time listener of ?Mom and Dad are Fighting? and loved traveling with Dan and his family... My family did our own 2017/2018 sabbatical year in Guatemala, Argentina, South Africa, and S...
  • Katelyn
    May 08, 2019
    Dan Kois and his wife Alia Smith realized their lives in Arlington, VA were overworked and over stressed. Both worked long hours, their kids attended a high achieving/high pressure school and they battled about screen time. They decided to take a year and live in different places to se...
  • Timna
    Oct 02, 2019
    not going to finish ...
  • Kathy Kilen
    Oct 27, 2019
    Interesting....especially hearing about the different communities. I really liked Lyra and Harper's writing throughout the book- would have liked more of that and Alia. Disappointed in the language! Why not leave out the F-bomb and taking God's name in vain? It doesn't add anything a...
  • Tatiana
    Oct 12, 2019
    Dan is so much fun as a podcaster, but as a parenting writer - yawn. ...
  • Katie Stein
    Nov 01, 2019
    3.5 stars. This book presents a reality that I have dreamed of. A year living in different countries, getting a taste for life in another part of the world. The destinations chosen by the family were interesting - New Zealand, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, and Kansas. In all, I enjoyed ...
  • Cheryl
    Sep 29, 2019
    Real Simple rec. I might roll my eyes the entire time... but I might love it. ...
  • Trish
    Oct 03, 2019
    3.5 stars but rounding up just because. I felt like after the New Zealand and the Netherlands sections, the book felt rushed. Costa Rica didn?t have much of a character here. But I came away with an admiration for what Dan and Alia did and a desire to do something similar some day. O...
  • Nancy Dardarian
    Sep 26, 2019
    I love people who challenge the normal suburban overscheduled family suburban norms and search for more. I wish that this had been a more transformative experience for the kids though. ...
  • Mary Andonian
    Nov 01, 2019
    I really liked the book, and learning about the different places that Dan and his family visited. I wish I learned more about how his relationship with his wife changed as a result of the trip. I felt Dan was censoring this part of his life...and that's okay. I also felt a little co-de...
  • Jessica
    Nov 04, 2019
    When Dan Kois, a host of Slate's Mom and Dad are Fighting, announced he was leaving the show to travel the world with his family for a year and write a book about the experience - a book that wouldn't be in my hands for three whole years - I was sad. THREE YEARS! Three years of waiting...
  • Susie | Novel Visits
    Sep 25, 2019
    My Thoughts: I love to travel and thought How to Be A Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together by Dan Kois would be perfect for me. That?s a HUGE title and it says a lot. I really liked the parts of this memoir that focused on the author an...
  • Tish
    Oct 05, 2019
    I like the premise..... But I see no way to truly integrate into communities and learn from their different parenting styles in 12 weeks. I guess I should be talking to my neighbors who moved to Scotland for a year so the husband could continue his education. Or my college friend...
  • Jeanette
    Sep 30, 2019
    I probably should have quit this book 1/2 way through. But I didn't. I wanted to get to Kansas- that's why. Honestly I don't think I have ever read a memoir or travelogue of such wordiness verbosity smugness. And this man thinks he is "kind". LOL! It's beyond belief that they used ...
  • Sara
    Sep 29, 2019
    Having spent about a year traveling with my husband and two daughters as well, I found Dan Kois? book to be incredibly on point, funny and relatable. ...
  • Amy Carstensen
    Oct 20, 2019
    Loved this book and love this author. His story is fun and inspiring but also very real. ...
  • Julie
    Oct 07, 2019
    Fair warning: I'm a big fan of Dan's from the podcast, Mom and Dad Are Fighting. I find him immensely relatable, funny and frankly, I just want to have a beer with him and vent about parenting. This book is refreshingly honest and funny, a fascinating study in family and cultural dyn...
  • Amy
    Oct 30, 2019
    I learned things. I laughed out loud. What an utterly satisfying book. ...
  • Amy Newton
    Oct 10, 2019
    How fun to read a book by a guy who grew up in the same sphere I did. This was a fantastic - and honest - telling of a family adventure. Great work Dan. ...
  • Katelyn Stalowy
    Nov 01, 2019
    The idea is fascinating and it has sparked a lot of conversations for me among family and friends, but I did not particularly love the book or the author. ...
  • Olga Mecking
    Oct 08, 2019
    Usually, books about parenting abroad start with the writer moving to a new country (be it for their spouse's job, or just to get a better work-life-balance), noticing how locals did it better, and then decided to share that wisdom with the world. This book is not like that. Not on...
  • Gin Battista
    Aug 02, 2019
    Enjoyed reading about your family's adventures to the different countries during 2017. Thanks for allowing us to experience how other countries differ from ours. Thanks, Goodreads, for choosing me as a winner of this book. ...
  • Michelle Pulignani
    Sep 10, 2019
    Really enjoyed this adventure. ...
  • Marissa St.Marseille
    Oct 01, 2019
    BUYER BEWARE! The title is deceiving! I was only 11% into the book, when I realized this was more about the author's political agenda. It's just more Trump bashing and US shaming. If you don't get enough of that from the news media, then maybe you would enjoy the book. The end game ...
  • Kathleen Kirchner
    Nov 05, 2019
    I really wanted to like this but the author came off as obnoxious a lot. ...
  • Doris Raines
    Oct 30, 2019
    A VERY INTERESTING BOOK. ...