Walker Lamond, “Rules for my Unborn Son,” at New Dominion 12/19

Coming to New Dominion Bookshop:

Walker Lamond will present selections from and sign copies of his new book

Rules for My Unborn Son

Saturday, December 19 at 3:30 PM

“Inspiration and laughter for sons and dads alike.” —Wired

“Someone get this man a column in Esquire.” —Urban Daddy

“My new favorite blog.” —Sam Reich, CollegeHumor.com

“Sound wisdom … enough meat to evoke chuckles of recognition. It’s a nice, happy read, and you might just learn something.” -About.com

Based on Walker Lamond’s highly praised and popular blog, Rules for My Unborn Son is a collection of traditional, humorous, and urbane fatherly advice for boys. From the sartorial (“If you are tempted to wear a cowboy hat, resist”) to the practical (“Keep a copy of your letters. It makes it easier for your biographer”) to even a couple of sure-fire hangover cures (“There is no better remedy than a dip in the ocean”), the book of rules and accompanying quotations is quite simply an instruction manual for becoming a Good Man—industrious, thoughtful, charming, and of course, well-dressed.

Rules for My Unborn Son began simply as writer and filmmaker Lamond’s personal blog, intended “to preserve the lessons my father had taught me, and perhaps add my spin on what makes a Good Man,” he explains. “I hoped to have a son of my own one day, so I thought it best to write it all down before the before the mayhem of actual fatherhood made me too soft or too sanctimonious, and most importantly, before my own childhood was too distant in the rear view mirror.” It became a father-to-be’s promise to his future son “To get some things straight before I get old and uncool.”

  • If you choose to wear a tie, commit. Button your top button.
  • Stand up to bullies. You’ll only have to do it once.
  • If you attend a late after-party, have an exit strategy
  • Keep a well-stocked bar
  • Thank the bus driver
  • Girls like boys who shower
  • Don’t spit

Hip and witty with a decidedly traditionalist flavor, Rules for My Unborn Son is meant to evoke simpler times when Father knew best and a suitable answer to “Why?” was “Because I said so.”

Walker Lamond is a writer and television producer. His documentaries have appeared on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, TruTV, and HBO, and he has written for numerous publications including Stop Smiling magazine, Valet, Babble, and Asylum. Lamond is a 1997 graduate of the University of Virginia. He once lived above Miller’s on the Downtown Mall. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and their son, who arrived shortly after the completion of this book.

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