Friday, October 18, 2013

My Daddy Don't Go to Work, by Madeena Spray Nolan (1978)

This one jumped out at me right away, not from some abandoned library here in Detroit but from the shelf of a tiny used bookstore in tiny Northport, Michigan. This book is clearly intended for children dealing with a parent's unemployment, but I can't help out but enjoy and appreciate its positive portrayal of fatherhood and the difficulty of dealing with the challenges to masculinity that are a part of a nontraditional situation (both fairly unusual topics for a book written more than thirty-five years ago).