Former Penn Valley resident writes book for fumbling fathers |

Former Penn Valley resident writes book for fumbling fathers

“Dads have plenty of people telling them how to raise their kids. They don’t want a book to do it as well,” said Jared Fiel, newspaper humor columnist and author of the newly released humor book, “Fumbling Thru Fatherhood.”

“Fumbling Thru Fatherhood” is a collection of humorous stories from the first six years of raising his two sons with his wife.

“We looked around at all the other father books out there and we realized there are a lot of guides, how-to’s and that type of book, but those are really just instruction manuals. When has any guy actually read an instruction manual?” joked Fiel, who will be at The Book Seller in Grass Valley at 1 p.m. Saturday to talk about and sign “Fumbling Thru Fatherhood.”

“This book is intended to help dads laugh at themselves. Of course, moms can read it, too. But they don’t really need any assistance in laughing at us,” he said.

Fiel, a graduate of California State University at Chico, lived in Penn Valley in 1992. His parents, Don and Gail Fiel, still live there. Fiel, a journalist for 13 years, continues to write a newspaper column called “Fiel’s Files” which appears twice monthly in The Greeley Tribune and The Fort Morgan Times in Colorado. The column has won numerous newspaper writing awards over the years.

“People have always responded wonderfully to the stories about my kids. Guys like them because they know they aren’t alone in trying to figure out this whole ‘dad’ thing,” Fiel said. “Women like them because they realize the men in their lives are not the only people who don’t know what they are doing.”

The Book Seller is at 107 Mill St. in Grass Valley. Call 272-2131 for any questions about Saturday’s reading.

– The Union staff

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