January Book Club Selection: 'Lost in Space: A Father's Journey There and Back Again' by Ben Tanzer

LitReactor Book Club

Every month here at LitReactor, we celebrate reading with a new selection in our Book Club. For January, we will be reading and discussing Lost in Space: A Father's Journey There and Back Again by Ben Tanzer.

Synopsis:

Lost in Space is a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always lively essay collection about fathers and sons, and their relationship to not only one another, but pop culture, death, and sex—because sex sells, even if you're otherwise focused on parenting and the generation spanning cultural impact of Star Wars.

The essays in Lost in Space are focused on an array of child-rearing topics including sleep, discipline, first haircuts, deceased parents/grandparents and illness, and the inherent challenges and humor that coincide with, and are intrinsically tied-into, these stages of life. The essays also recognize the ongoing presence of the author's dead father in his life even as he seeks to parent without his father's guidance or advice.

Author: Ben Tanzer is the author of the books My Father’s House, You Can Make Him Like You, So Different Now, Orphans and Lost in Space, among others. Ben serves as Director of Publicity and Content Strategy at Curbside Splendor and can be found online at This Blog Will Change Your Life, the center of his growing lifestyle empire. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.


Discussion for Lost in Space will kick off on January 1st, but you should pick up the book and start reading ASAP!  (We've provided a handy link below). Once you're locked and loaded, you can announce your presence in the Book Club. (No invitation needed!)  That thread is where all discussion about the book will go down.

If you read our December Book Club selection, After The People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones, make sure you check out that thread as discussion there has officially started.

Happy reading!

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Author: Ben Tanzer
Price: $4.08
Publisher: Curbside Splendor Publishing (2014)
Binding: Paperback, 200 pages
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