Title: DAD IS FAT
Author: Jim Gaffigan
Publisher: Crown, May 2013
Summary/Review: Anyone who has children, has been a child or knows anyone with children will love this book. Jim Gaffigan, a stand-up comedian best known for his riffs on Hot Pockets, has written a funny, honest look at parenthood. He is the father of 5 children, all under the age of 9. To some of us that would be enough to strike fear in our hearts. Add into the mix that he and his family live in a 2-bedroom, 5-story walkup in the Bowery section of Manhattan and most of us would run screaming for the hills. He credits his wife with being the one who holds it all together, but what comes through in the book is the wonderful partnership they have, collaborating not only on parenting but on his stage shows, movies and books as well. His ability to laugh at himself, all while clearly adoring his family made it a great read. This was a wonderful book, a laugh-out-loud funny book. Included in the chapters are drawings by his children, family pictures and floor plans that map out how to put 5 children to bed in a 2-bedroom apartment while still allowing for mommy and daddy time. Needless to say, it’s not easy!
Who will like this? Anyone who needs a good laugh, as anyone who reads the book will be able to identify with at least one chapter in it!
If you like this, try this: If you’re interested in reading more about the lives of comedians, try Chelsea Handler’s “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” or “Lies Chelsea Handler Told me”, or Ellen DeGeneris’ “Seriously…I’m Kidding”. Another hilarious book you may like is Jenny Lawson’s “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened”. If you’re looking for comedy, try anything by David Sedaris or Dave Barry.
Recommended by: Linda, Circulation
If you’re interested in this book, visit the Fairfield Public Library catalog to see if it’s available and/or place a hold