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Confessions of the World's Best Father [Format Kindle]

Dave Engledow
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“Look.” Lee Miller stood and pulled on her gloves. “Can you come to us this weekend? Come meet Roland. I married, you know. Twice, to be precise. Aziz and I married after you left Paris, but it didn’t last. God, Cairo was so boring. But I think this one will last. Come meet the husband, and little Anthony. Yes, I have a child. A boy. The most beautiful little boy in the world. I’m absolutely besotted.”Pain knifed my chest. “I didn’t plan a long stay,” I said, trying to sound a touch careless, a little preoccupied with all the things I had to do. “And I didn’t bring evening clothes. In fact, I am wearing my entire travel wardrobe.”

It was a silly excuse but one that would do when the truth was too painful. I didn’t want to see Lee holding her child. Lee, who had never wanted to marry, to have children, now had both husband and son. And my child was lost; her father, the man who should have been my husband, was an ocean away, living with a different wife, a different family.

Lee laughed. “Darling, that doesn’t matter. Wear a sheet if you must. It will be like the old days. Do come! On Friday, take the afternoon train to Lewes and we’ll pick you up at the station. On Sunday, we’ll drive you to Newhaven and you can catch the ferry to France.”

She stood and reached for the bill, signing it rather than leaving cash. I read her signature upside down. Lady Penrose of Poughkeepsie, it said. Lee still had a sense of humor.

I hadn’t yet agreed to the weekend, so she played her strongest card.

“Pablo will be there,” she said, and was out the door before I could say no.

Pablo. When I had to leave Paris, Pablo Picasso had been the one to help me, not because we were close—we were not—or because he was particularly kind to young girls in trouble—he was not. It had merely been one of those life-forming coincidences. That day, as I stood on the Pont Neuf wondering where I would go, what I would do, he had come toward me on his way to somewhere. There was just enough kindness in his voice when he asked, “Ça va?” that I sobbed my story out to him. He had already known, of course. That’s the sad truth of betrayal. It makes a poor secret except to the betrayed.

He paused, then gave me a piece of paper on which he’d written the name of a friend who would take me in. He would write to her the very next day, he promised, and I fled to his friend, Madame Hughes, in Grasse. Seventeen years ago. A war ago. A child ago. A lifetime ago.

Lee had introduced me to Pablo, and to many others. She had given, and she had taken. I looked out the window and watched Lee cross the street with that determined stride of hers. She waved, grinned, and disappeared into the crowd.

I stared at the card, wondering how much the train to Lewes would cost. No one ever said no to Lee Miller, and if she thought they might, she simply never asked the question. Of course, there was always a first time. Why should I interrupt my search for Dahlia to play houseguest for the woman who had, years before, derailed my dreams? Because the search is over, a dark voice said in my head. There is nowhere else to look.

I rose to leave the restaurant, walking in the wake of Lee’s perfume. I smelled it, then, that bottom note I hadn’t noticed before. Camphor, eucalyptus, and the salty, acrid bottom note of merbromin. Medicine. The smell carried me backward.

Scents are memories’ bid for immortality; they keep the past alive.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 80486 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 176 pages
  • Editeur : Gotham (6 mai 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Que du bonheur! 20 septembre 2014
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J'ai choisi cette note parce que j'adore le travail de Dave Engledow et que ça fait un petit moment que je le suis.
La reliure est d'une très bonne qualité, de même que le papier.
Par contre, je m'attendais à un format un peu plus grand.
Je conseille ce livre à tous les parents dépassés par leur progéniture et ayant un minimun d'humour second degré!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un régal 3 septembre 2014
Par Teotwawki
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C'est une compilation de photos désopilantes mettant en scène le meilleur des pères , qui est totalement inconscient, souvent puéril et totalement décalé , ce qui donne des situations cocasses et absurdes!! Un très bon moment , et les textes pour les anglophones sont excellents et complètent la photo adjacente.
Un très bon moment totalement décalé !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 World's Funniest Dad 7 mai 2014
Par Nathaniel R. Mcneil - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The photos and the text are really, really funny. If you like the picture on the cover, you will like the rest.

He swills beer in the back seat while his three-year old daughter, named Alice Bee, drives. He gleefully leaps onto a pile of leaves that Alice Bee just raked. And he lazily kicks up his legs on the exercise bike while Alice Bee does all the pedaling.

This book is the saga of a clueless man learning to be a better dad to his baby daughter. Dave Engledow gives us a three-year record of fictional photos and journal entries which chronicle his daughter growing up while he definitively does not.

Here is part of one journal entry. The pic is of Dave in a tutu, practicing ballet with the help of little Alice Bee:

"...These ballerino moves are not as easy as they look, especially as I am a bit out of shape. The good news is that Alice Bee is the perfect height to assist me in my training. Five nights of no-fuss bedtime, here I come!"
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 So much better than I imagined 6 mai 2014
Par msamanta - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A million times cuter, more hilarious, and awesome in print. So excited to gift my copy to my dad for Father's Day! Congratulations to Dave, Jen, and Alice Bee - this is simply the best!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 So funny, I think I peed a little! 7 mai 2014
Par Michelle Sanagustin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Oh, my God, this book is hysterical! I had seen a bunch of the photographer's pictures online, so I thought it would be good to buy the book. These photos are so cute and funny and irreverent. They are the perfect anecdote to all the sappy parenting stuff you see in the world. Dave Engledow reminds us that, once upon a time, parents didn't see children as so damned precious. They are funny, hearty, willful little beasts. And, after looking through this book, I know it's OKAY to let toddlers run the barbeque!!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Crazy funny. 28 juin 2014
Par Heather A. Terstegge - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I bought this book for my husband for Father's Day. He took it to lunch that day and our table of 16 couldn't stop laughing. I'm surprised we didn't get kicked out of the restaurant.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 My Favorite Book of The Season 22 mai 2014
Par Jason Good - Publié sur Amazon.com
You might have seen a few of Dave's amazing -- "how'd he do that"-- photographs online. What makes this book a must-purchase is not simply the plethora of new photos, but the hysterically absurd captions that go with them.

"Alice Bee is really becoming a whiz in the kitchen. She's still not allowed to sit on the counter while cooking, but it doesn't matter because she's now tall enough to reach the burners by standing on the oven door."

Next to a picture of his daughter poised to drop a whole turkey into a vat of bubbling oil, Dave writes, "Alice Bee did a pretty good job getting the fryer set up while I was watching football on TV, but as usual, her attention to detail was a bit lacking -- not only did she neglect to fill the fryer all the way to the top with peanut oil, I even caught her earlier in the day trying to defrost the turkey."

This is a perfect work of satire, which every parent will love and return to often. Twelve bucks for a unique book, that also happens to be a work of art? I'll take 5 of them please.
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