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From Publishers Weekly

In this bestseller, the star of the top-rated TV series regales and comforts parents with refreshing, marvelously ludicrous tales about his life as the father of five. PW praised the appraoch, stating that "although Cosby mostly restates material that appears in many other books about family life, past and present, his is a winner."
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Here are two books by popular contemporary figures that deal with similar subject matter but take vastly different approaches. From a father's perspective and with his unique sense of humor, Cosby discusses the decision to have a child, the changes the child brings about, and the issues of discipline and independence. By making parents laugh at the pitfalls of parenthood, he shows them in his fresh and funny way that even at their moments of greatest frustration they are not alone. Harvard psychiatrist Poussaint's introduction and lengthy afterword, in which he discusses the changing role of the modern father, add greatly to the book's value as a parenting guide. By using actual letters children have written to her and weaving them together with personal anecdotes, Blume allows children to express their innermost feelings. She is thereby able to reveal children's fears about growing up, popularity, sexuality, and death and their experiences with such serious problems as drug abuse, incest, and life in foster care. While her book will give guidance to parents trying to understand their children (there is a list of agencies, as well), it will also appeal to young adults trying to understand themselves. Although neither book gives in-depth treatment to any topic, both are sure to have wide readership. Recommended for public libraries. Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group; Reissue edition (May 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425097722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425097724
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The legendary comedian, author, and activist Bill Cosby continues to be as prolific and relevant as ever, reaching every generation and every audience since he began his career in stand-up four decades ago. He is one of the most influential performers of the second half of the 20th century. He has had an unparalleled career in television; has sold more record albums than any other comedian; his blockbuster books have sold millions of copies; and his generous support of numerous charities, particularly in the field of education, have endowed many Americans with the gift of hope and learning. Through his groundbreaking appearances on television, particularly in two landmark series each of which defined an American decade, Bill Cosby has touched the lives of millions of Americans. In the 1960s, "I Spy" broke the racial barrier in television by featuring Cosby as the first-ever black lead of a weekly dramatic series. In the 1980s, Cosby returned to television with a show that Coretta Scott King described as "the most positive portrayal of black family life that has ever been broadcast." "The Cosby Show" enjoyed years of number-one ratings and nearly unanimous critical praise.

Cosby's success on television has been matched in other areas. In 1986 he broke Radio City Music Hall's 53-year-old attendance record for his concert appearance. Cosby's also a giant in the publishing world. Fatherhood (1986) became one of the fastest-selling hardcover book of all time, remaining for more than half of its fifty-four weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List as Number 1. It has sold 2.6 million hardcover copies and 1.5 million paperbacks. Time Flies had the largest single first printing in publishing history--1.75 million. Now, I Am What I Ate,and I'm Frightened. A crusader throughout his career for a better world, his great success in the world of entertainment is complemented by his involvement with a host of charity organizations, making substantial gifts in support of education, most notably to predominantly black colleges and to various social service and civil rights organizations. On the evolution of his own style of comedy, Bill Cosby states that he was drawn at an early age to the masters of jazz, learning to emulate in comedy their ability to take an idea and continually find new and innovative ways of expressing the same theme. The legacy of Bill Cosby's comedic genius is as sweet, meaningful and universal as any piece of music ever played.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Candice on December 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I went though our minature library at home, I never knew that I would end up reading the book "Fatherhood" by Bill Cosby. Since I needed a book for my class I decided to try it out and I am glad that I did because it was worthwhile. Most young people probably feel that they will get nothing out of this book and that it is only for fathers, mothers, or old people. This book taught me a lot of life lessons not just about being a parent but about everyday living. It made me realize all of the things parents have to go through and sacrifice because of their children from changing diapers to seeing your daughter off to the prom. Most of all though, Bill Cosby wasn't just telling the readers this stuff, he was showing. Everything he said was serious yet funny. he is a comedian so i guess he was expected to write something funny. Maybe if more young people read this book there wouldn't be so much abuse and poverty going on with their children. I give this book five stars and am glad that I had the experience of reading it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
Cosby applies his unique way of looking at everday situations with there inherent, funny, shortcomings to Fatherhood. However, this is not just a work of humor. Cosby makes an honest attempt at providing real advice cloaked in humor. A significant part of the book is also dedicted to the Afterward (not written by Cosby) which contains real parenting advice. Cosby covers a variety of parent situations and never fails to be humorous. Nevertheless, I only rated the book 4 stars because the humor rated only a smirk from me (maybe it's just my taste)and some of the book is starting to seem dated, but mostly because I thought the primary focus of the book was blurred between a work of humor and a work on parenting to the point where it compromised both with a lack of depth. I would also like to mention that the quality of paper used by the publisher proved a annoyance. I bought my copy in a bookstore (prior to my discovery of amazon) and the pages where warped near the s! pine. This was true of all of the copies of this book I have seen anywhere.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JLind555 on May 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Bill Cosby, who is probably America's favorite father, wrote a gem of a book about his experiences with being a father to five children, four girls and a boy. Cosby's book reads much like his stand-up comedy, but there is so much down-home common sense in these pages that the reader can relate to much of what is written and is reminded of his or her own childhood. Reading this book, it was rather reassuring to find that I wasn't the only mother who threatened to introduce her child to the joys of time-travel (Mrs. Cosby to obnoxious child: "I'm gonna knock you into the middle of next week"), and Cosby reminded me of my own dad banging on the door to my room during my teens when I jacked up the rock 'n' roll station, bellowing through the wall to "TURN THAT CRAP DOWN!" Cosby also provides some back-up for parents who have reached the conclusion that sometimes the best reason you can give to your child who demands to know why he or she can't do this or that, is "because I said so." Cosby takes parents on a tour of parenting from pregnancy through the teen years, with sound observations on developmental quirks at each stage of childhood. He's not one of those parents who forget as soon as they become parents, what it was like to be a youngster. Listen to Cosby's alarm at his daughter wanting to spend the day hanging around the mall: "He (the father) knows exactly what those boys at the mall have in their depraved little minds because he once owned such a depraved little mind himself. In fact, if he thinks enough about the plans that he used to have for young girls, he might even run over to the mall and have a few of those boys arrested.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Miska on December 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
I love Bill Cosby. Every time my wife and I watch the movie, Bill Cosby: Himself, we end up crying from laughter because of the humorous spin he can put on many of the frustrations and joys of parenthood. He is a master of story telling, but the book is written as if he is giving a stand up act. It doesn't provide the depth of discussion one usually expects from a book. It is very amusing, but doesn't measure up to actually seeing the man in person or watching his acts on video. For example, chapter four is titled "Are They Evolution's Missing Link" with a subtitle for the first section of "Dr. Spock Never Promised Us a Rose Garden." This is classic Cosby humor, but the chapter is only eight pages long (for three different vignettes). Some chapters are only three pages long. The entire book is only 150 pages with lots of white space and 15 chapter title pages. I don't mind reading short books, especially fun ones like this, but you would be better off seeing his comedy on video. That way you can get the hilarious gestures and voice inflections that only Bill Cosby can provide.
This is the type of book you can give as a gift on Father's Day or for a birthday for the Dad who is hard to buy for. It is nice to open to a chapter and read for a few minutes if you need a laugh. If you haven't heard Cosby before, I highly recommend the book as a refreshing look on parenthood. If you are a Cosby fan, you will have heard all of the humor before.
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