By Curtis Austin, Black Books and Reviews
For anyone who has ever experienced the awe of becoming a father, or the anguish of having grown up without one, the collection of celebrity essays in “Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge” offers a kaleidoscope of feelings and opinions that will either elicit a knowing smile or the wince of a painful recollection as men of many different races, professions and backgrounds weigh in on the importance of being daddy.
Thomas, a veteran NBA player, most recently with the Atlanta Hawks, teams with Nick Charles, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author, to explore the world of fatherhood through the lenses of such celebrities as Isaiah Washington, Howard Dean, Will Downing and Ice Cube to name a few.
The essays are threaded with Thomas’ own philosophy of fathering and his memories of how having a Dad he saw only once a month created waves of anger and frustration that took him years to let go.
If there is a common thread that runs through all of these pieces it is that for good or ill, fathers leave in indelible imprint on the lives of their offspring. Read more →