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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; First Edition edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038534905X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385349055
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,516 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JIM GAFFIGAN is a stand-up comedian and actor with numerous film, television, and stage credits. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jeannie, and their five children in a two-bedroom apartment.

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Letter to My Children

Dear Children,

I am your dad. The father of all five of you pale creatures. Given how attractive and fertile your mother is, there may be more of you by the time you read this book. If you are reading this, I am probably dead. I would assume this because I can honestly foresee no other situation where you’d be interested in anything I’ve done. Right now, you are actually more interested in preventing me from doing things like working, sleeping, and smiling. I’m kidding, of course. Kind of. I love you with all of my heart, but you are probably the reason I’m dead.

All right, you didn’t kill me. Your mother did. She kept getting pregnant! I don’t know how. Don’t think about it. It will give you the willies. At one point, I was afraid she got pregnant while she was pregnant. She was so fertile I didn’t even let her hold avocados. Anyway, this is a book all about what I observed being your dad when you were very young and I had some hair back in good old 2013.

So why a book? Well, since you’ve come into my life, you’ve been a constant source of entertainment while simultaneously driving me insane. I felt I had to write down my observations about you in a book. And also for money, so you could eat and continue to break things. By the way, I’m sorry I yelled so much and did that loud clapping thing with my hands. I hated when my dad would do the loud clapping thing with his hands, so every time I do the loud clapping thing, it pains me in many ways. Most of the pain is because that loud clapping thing actually hurts my hands.

You may be wondering how I wrote this book. From a very early age, you all instinctively knew I wasn’t that bright of a guy. Probably from all the times you had to correct me when I couldn’t read all the words in The Cat in the Hat. Hell, I find writing e‑mails a chore. (Thank you, spell-check!) I wrote this book with the help of many people, but mostly your mother. Your mother is not only the only woman I’ve ever loved, but also the funniest person I know. When your mom was not in labor yelling at me, she made me laugh so hard.

Love,

Dad

P.S. How did you get that hula hoop into that restaurant Easter 2011?

More About the Author

JIM GAFFIGAN is a Grammy nominated Comedian, New York Times Best Selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum selling father of five. In May of 2013, Jim's first book 'Dad is Fat' was released by Crown Publishing debuting on the New York Times bestsellers list at #5 and remained in the top 20 for 17 weeks. His second book Food: A Love Story will be released on October 21, 2014 under the same imprint. His fourth hour-long special "Obsessed" premiered on Comedy Central on April 27th, 2014 becoming the most-watched stand-up special since April 2013. The album, by the same title, debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top 200, and charted #1 on iTunes giving Gaffigan four albums in the Top 10 Comedy Albums on iTunes. At the 2014 American Comedy Awards he was awarded Best Concert Comedian. Gaffigan lives in New York City with his wife Jeannie and their five children.

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118 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on May 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is smart, insightful, sweet, and so SO funny!! I mean stomach hurting, crying because I'm laughing so hard funny. And not just in some chapters, constantly throughout the whole thing. If you're a fan of Gaffigan's you'll recognize some of his jokes in here, but not an annoying, overwhelming amount. I am a big fan of his and I have 4 small children, so I think I'm basically the absolute perfect audience for this book. It was so funny because it was true and so incredibly relatable for me. Does that mean if you don't have a lot of children or any children that you won't enjoy it? Definitely not, if you enjoy Jim's style I think you'll find this amusing too. I highly recommend it! In fact I've been recommending it to everyone I know since I started reading it earlier today. Yes, I read the whole thing in less than a whole day. With four kids. (Don't worry, the children were cared for...the laundry may have been neglected, but....) ;-) So yeah, I'd say it's a pretty engaging, enjoyable read. :)
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Shank on May 11, 2013
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This book is hilarious and Jim Gaffigan does an excellent job narrating the audiobook! I wondered beforehand if his talents as a stand-up would translate into book form, and I think they do! Contrary to other reviewers, I think this book can enjoyable for everyone, whether you have children or not. If you've ever worked with children or have memories of being a child, these stories will entertain you!
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jonah Aaron West on May 9, 2013
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This book is probably the best best book I've ever read. I'm not sure if that's a comment on how good the book is or how poor my choice in reading material is. I don't even have kids and I think this is funny. Gaffigan delivers a delightfully observant and witty book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kara Goodwin on June 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a love letter to Jim's wife disguised as a laugh out loud hilarious book. I have enjoyed every moment so far (admittedly still reading it - but it is so funny I felt compelled to write an early review (even though I hardly write reviews even though I am constantly reading)). I love Jim's stand up, and his voice comes through loud and clear in each of his essays. I literally get sad when I've run out of reading time and have to put it down. Great stuff!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By N.B. on May 15, 2013
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By far, Jim Gaffigan is my favorite comic. Listening to his voice read to me is simply hilarious! This gets me through my work day with a big smile on my face. Though I do not have children, I can relate to the antics of his children because I have nieces and nephews. Dad is Fat is worth getting!!!
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Reid Mccormick on May 14, 2013
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I have been a big fan of Jim Gaffigan for a long time. I have most if not all of his albums. Jim Gaffigan (alongside Conan O'Brien) is of one of the palest comedians around (both are member of Pale Force by the way). Additionally, he is one of the kings of self-deprecation.

Over time Gaffigan's humor has evolved from topics such as overeating and sleep-deprivation to overeating and sleep-deprivation with kids. In his new book, Dad is Fat, Gaffigan gives us a glimpse into his crazy life as the father of five little ones while living in a small New York apartment as Mrs. Gaffigan and him manage his career.

The chapters are short and witty. The book reads much like a classic Gaffigan routine. Though I think a traditionalist would disapprove of Gaffigan reusing his old material in the book, I didn't mind it too much because most of it was relevant and still funny.

Obviously if you are a fan of Gaffigan you will love this book. If you have never heard of Gaffigan yet you have raised a herd of children, I'm sure you will find this book insightful and honest.

Take on glimpse of the picture on the back cover and you will understand everything about Jim Gaffigan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erin on May 23, 2013
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I have always found Jim Gaffigan entertaining and this book is no exception. The only thing I was disappointed in is that he repeated quite a few of his jokes from his previous stand-up performances. I was really surprised how many jokes I recognized. I feel like the 12.99 price for the Kindle version of this book was a bit excessive because I have already heard these jokes live and have previously purchased the audio version of his performances. However, hopefully I have contributed in a small way to his family buying a larger house, they sure need one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 25, 2014
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What I really like about Jim Gaffigan is that he isn't vulgar and he doesn't stoop to adolescent humor in his efforts to generate laughs. He is a real life Dad and tells stories about his real life. This book was an easy read, not too short like a lot of comedian's books and not too long. I laughed so hard at times that I cried. My kids thought I was crazy. I think most any parent would appreciate this book but you just might really enjoy it even if you don't have offspring.
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