Most parenting memoirs are soft and fluffy narratives from a mother’s point of view. John Cave Osborne is changing the rules. His new book, Tales from the Trips—How Three Babies Turned Our World Upside-Down, is told by a unique and unexpected voice as it chronicles the life of a newlywed couple from the moment they learn they are expecting triplets to the day the first of the trio learns to walk.

“I’m basically a blue-collar guy telling a story from my perspective,” explains Osborne, who co-owns a countertop business in Knoxville, TN. And what a perspective it is. After marrying a single mom then quickly conceiving triplets, Osborne morphed from carefree bachelor to the father of four in just thirteen months. “Most people gradually mature into domesticity, but I was hastily grandfathered in out of necessity,” admits the first-time author. “On the day my wife and I got the big news, I knew more about Dr. Dre than Dr. Spock.” Osborne’s relative inexperience, combined with the mayhem that comes along with triplets, produces chaos, panic, and hilarity.

But Osborne will do more than just make his readers laugh. Tales from the Trips contains several thought-provoking metaphors that speak as much to the vicissitudes of life as they do the triplet experience. “You don’t have to have triplets to enjoy this book,” insists Osborne. “All you need is a sense of humor and a heart.”

Osborne clearly has one of those. He’s donating 30 percent of his total proceeds to Childhelp USA, a leading nonprofit for child abuse and neglect.

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Praise for Tales from the Trips

“I love Osborne’s emotional honesty. His sincerity not only made me laugh, but also gave me many moments of great pause whenever he detailed his biggest fears or expressed the very evident love he feels for his wife and children. His story is filled with countless heart-pounding passages from cover to cover.”

Dr. Michele Borba, parenting expert and author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries.

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“Becoming a step-dad and then the father of triplets in such a short period of time would be taxing for any man, but John’s ability to see the humor in challenging situations allowed him to make the transition more gracefully than most of us could. Mothers and fathers alike will find themselves laughing and crying as they applaud this heartwarming tale of a man who values the love of his family and the joys of fatherhood above all else.”

Ron Mattocks, author of Sugar Milk — What One Dad Drinks When He Can’t Afford Vodka.

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“Most of the time, it’s mothers who share their experiences with raising multiples, but with Tales from the Trips, John Cave Osborne offers a fresh fatherly perspective. Some people make you laugh. Some people make you think. Osborne does both. This is a truly compelling memoir. You’ll love it.”

Katie Allison Granju, Director of Digital and Social Media at Ackerman PR and author of Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child.

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“John Cave Osborne is a guy’s guy, but he’s not afraid to fully engage as a loving husband and father. He had me laughing, crying, and marveling at how well he could tell a story. This isn’t a parenting book any more than it is a glimpse into the life of a real man–one who embraces marriage and family, who has faith in God, and who knows how to laugh at himself in any situation.”

Barbara Scott, Final Eyes, Taos, NM


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