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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 5/11/2009
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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Robin Hemley's childhood made a wedgie of his memory, leaving him sore and embarrassed for over forty years. He was the most pitiful kindergartner, the least spirited summer camper, and dateless for prom. In fact, there's nary an event from his youth that couldn't use improvement. If only he could do them all over a few decades later, with an adult's wisdom, perspective, and giant-like height... In the spirit of cult film classics likeBilly MadisonandWet Hot American Summer, in DO-OVER! Hemley reencounters paper mache, revisits his childhood home, and finally attends the prom--bringing readers the thrill of recapturing a misspent youth and discovering what's most important: simple pleasures, second chances, and the forgotten joys of recess.

Author Biography

Robin Hemley is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on DO-OVER!. He has published seven books, and his stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and many literary magazines and anthologies. Robin received his MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop; he currently directs the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City, IA.

Table of Contents

Introduction My Do-Over Listp. ix
Alpha Friend of the Diamond Classp. 3
Honorary Angelp. 30
Camp Echop. 60
The Year of Bulliesp. 85
Frat Boyp. 112
A Real Cool Guyp. 140
Mystery Datep. 172
Cutcomes Assessmentp. 220
Mama's Boyp. 233
Old Boyp. 255
Teaching Momentsp. 305
Epilogue Teaching Momentsp. 305
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