Small Things Considered: Moments from Manliness to Manliow

ISBN: 978-1-939288-52-3
168 Pages, 5 x 8
$14.95 Paperback
Pub Date: June 2014

“. . .a nice antidote to the mayhem of daily life.”
David Brancaccio, host, Marketplace Morning Report

“Read Small Things Considered. It’ll make you smile over and over again.”
Peter Shankman, author of Nice Companies Finish First


The 40-Year-Old Version: Humoirs of a Divorced Dad

ISBN: 978-1-932279-98-9
224 Pages, .5.5 x 8.5
$14.95 Paperback
Pub Date: June 2009

“An insightful, warm, and self aware look at what it’s like to be a divorced dad today.”
Peter McKay, Syndicated Columnist, author of Welcome to the Nuthouse!

“Wise, hard-earned guidance for divorced dads.”
Dr. Linda Nielsen, President of the American Coalition for
Fathers and Children, and author of Between Fathers & Daughters

“A delightful read.”
David Knox, Ph.D., author of The Divorced Dad’s Survival Book

“A great read for all fathers!”
Rachel Sarah, author of Single Mom Seeking,

Joel Schwartzberg

A former Nickelodeon Online producer and head writer, law school dropout, and doomed Wheel-of-Fortune contestant, Joel Schwartzberg is now an author, essayist, public speaking coach, and speechwriter for a major nonprofit organization.

Joel's essays on parenting and other spontaneous phenomena have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, New Jersey Monthly, The Star Ledger, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, The Huffington Post, Chicken Soup for the Soul,, and regional parenting magazines throughout the U.S. and Canada. Joel was Nickelodeon Online’s head writer in 1998 and founded the TIME For Kids website in 2000.

1st Place Winner
Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Humor Category

2nd Place Winner
ForeWord "Book of the Year" Awards
Humor Category

2010 ForeWord "Book of the Year" Awards
Essays Category

Joel's first collection of essays, The 40-Year-Old Version (June 2009), examines how divorce reinvents relationships with kids and one's own sense of Dadhood. This title won First Place in the humor category of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and Second Place in the humor category of the 2010 ForeWord Magazine "Book of the Year" Awards.

The second collection, Small Things Considered (June 2014), examines a variety of tiny obsessions and observations about modern life through the comic perspective of a remarried dad and pop culture junkie.

KIRKUS reviews Small Things Considered: “Schwartzberg (The 40-Year Old Version, 2009) returns with another mostly lighthearted ensemble of short reflections on life as a zany but loving dad trying to raise kids after a divorce.”

Joel was featured in Newsweek April 2009, "A New Dad's Postpartum Depression"