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Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees...and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have [Kindle Edition]

Bill Geist , Willie Geist
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bill Geist--the beloved, award-winning, long-time special correspondent for "CBS: Sunday Morning," whose debut Little League Confidential was a New York Times bestseller in hardcover and paper--and Willie Geist, the Today Show host, popular member of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," and author of the best-selling American Freak Show--have begun an extended conversation between father and son on areas of mutual interest, agreement, and disagreement.

Told in a unique back-and-forth banter style, the hilarious father-son team will laugh together at the shared journey of their relationship. They'll riff on fatherhood, religion, music, sports, summer camp disasters, driving lessons gone horribly wrong, being on TV, and their wonderfully odd family life. Think Big Russ and Me (May 2010, 345,829 net per bookscan) meets S*** My Dad Says, with humorous observations about professional wrestling as a worldview, raising a kid with television cameras in the kitchen, and anything and everything else that comes to their witty minds.

The Geists decided to write this book so their children and grandchildren would have a record of their unusual father-son relationship. The book is remarkably funny, as well as poignant and sincere, especially in light of Bill's announcement that he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's. With its lighthearted look at the crazy things fathers and sons go through and the unique bond those experiences forge, the book is sure to be a must-have gift for Father's Day.


Editorial Reviews

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"[D]elightful... it is lovely, loving and a must read."—Star-Ledger

"A witty memoir."—Parade

"Affectionate and raucous."—Chicago Tribune

"An entertaining mutual memoir."—Tampa Bay Times

"I loved this book. It's no surprise the Geists have such broad appeal. I want them to be my dad and brother."—Jim Gaffigan, author of New York Times bestseller Dad Is Fat

"Bill and Willie are the wittiest duo I know. Their stories are hilarious. Reading this book made me feel like I grew up a Geist!"—Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's Watch What Happens: Live and author of New York Times bestseller Most Talkative

About the Author

Bill Geist is the New York Times bestselling author of Little League Confidential, The Big Five-Oh, Fore! Play!, and Way Off the Road. He has been a correspondent for "CBS News Sunday Morning" since he joined CBS News in 1987. He chronicles some of the quirkiest people and places in America for the broadcast and has won two Emmys for his work on the show. To date, one of Bill's greatest achievements is taking third place in the Illinois State Fair Bake Off in 1979. Geist lives in New York City with his wife. They have two children.

Willie Geist is the New York Times bestselling author of American Freak Show. He is co-host of NBC's "Today" 9 a.m. hour and the co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe." He is also a contributor to NBC News programs and to the NBC Sports Group, where he reports for NBC Olympics and NBC Sports Network. Geist lives in New York City with his wife. They have two children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2036 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455547220
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EXTVSMI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,813 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Jack
Format:Hardcover
"Good Talk, Dad" is a very well written book (composed in a inquire-and-respond style, like letters or emails back-and-forth) that covers many topics between father and son Bill and Willie Geist, both TV hosts and best-selling authors. These topics range from summer camp, sex, sports, food, religion, and even (one of my favorite subjects) professional wrestling. I found myself laughing out loud at many of the funny details of their family stories. As both a father and son these stories really struck a chord in me. It made me think of my own father, who lives quite far from me now.

But, like life, it's not all laughs and fun. The book does get serious and quite poignant when Bill (the father) reveals he has Parkinson's. His tales about Vietnam were quite sobering as well, but effectively balanced out the lighter stories from Willie. Even if you haven't seen either of the Geists on TV, this is a great book to buy for your Dad for Father's Day. One small warning: there are a few mild off-color jokes, so be aware.

This book follows in the footsteps of one of my other favorite father-son books, Sh*t My Dad Says. If you haven't read this, it's a riot. A short, quick read, it will have you laughing within minutes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it cheaper and faster elsewhere June 6, 2014
Format:Hardcover
I wanted to order this book for my dad for father's day, but Amazon said it usually ships in 3-5 weeks. I looked for it online from that other large bookstore and was able to get it much cheaper and in 2 days. Amazon needs to quit playing games with the publishers or they're going to lose my business.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Father's Day! June 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Laughter, smiles interspersed with a few tears make this a delightful read. It's about love; In an era where it seems parents and/or children, with the help of rehabs for everything,and psychiatric remedies for any left-overs, here is a book demonstrating that love and understanding and, at times, hands off parenting result in a "kid" allowed to make mistakes (as are parents). I read this book in one sitting and have recommended it to everyone I know. Willie knew his parents loved him unconditionally. I confess that I have watched and enjoyed them both on TV. I know them better now and it is my great pleasure to introduce them to you.. You'll quickly become best friends. Happy Reading!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book May 25, 2014
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I love this book. The love between father & son is fills every page. I smiled, felt sadness & laughed as I read every page. The humor was gentle. I will recommend this book to every one I know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like S@&t My Dad Says, But Without All The Cursing June 13, 2014
Format:Hardcover
Bill Geist has been doing pieces for CBS Sunday Morning for years. He usually profiles interesting (quirky) people and places, and his sense of humor makes me smile. His son Willie Geist is currently one of the co-hosts on the third hour of the Today Show, and is featured on MSNBC's Morning Joe. He clearly inherited his father's sense of humor.

Just in time for Father's Day, they have written a book that I dare say most of us can relate to: Good Talk Dad: The Birds and The Bees...And Other Conversations We Forgot To Have, which pokes fun at the fact that Bill never gave Willie 'the sex talk'. Come to think of it, they never had deep conversations about other important things either. Sound familiar?

Early on, Willie describes embarrassingly being baptized as a 19 year-old in a church service, along with several babies sleeping peacefully in their mother's arms. He asks:
"Couldn't they have done this in a private ceremony before the service, as they do with the technical awards at the Oscars? In a ceremony earlier today, nineteen-year-old Willie Geist was given the sacrament of baptism."
If that made you giggle, you'll love this book as much as I did. Bill and Willie alternate telling stories from their lives, some of which differed depending on whom was telling it.

Bill and his wife Jody decided to send Willie to summer camp. But not to the camp that all Willie's friends were going to; Willie went to Camp Carson, "where convicted nonviolent offenders were sent to serve out their sentences", unbeknownst to Bill and Jody. That wasn't in the brochure. The campers had to decide whether they were safer backing the Latin Kings or the Spanish Gangster Disciples, who, at night, slashed each other car tires as a "prank".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A laugh a minute June 28, 2014
By Linda
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have always loved watching Bill Geist and his witty outlook on the stories he would tell on CBS Sunday Morning but to have his son Willie counter with his wit on the stories is extremely entertaining. I haven't read a book where I laughed out loud in a long time. Thank you both for sharing this with us ( even though you didn't share the information to each other at the appropriate time !) Hence the title...... :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun read July 1, 2014
By frosti
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would probably have enjoyed this book more if I was a huge fan of the Geists. I don't watch a lot of TV, but heard them on the radio and liked the premise of the book - things we haven't really talked about with family members. It has some cute stories, and some funny stories, and was an easy read. Nothing profound, but maybe some conversation starters for other families.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny & Funny June 4, 2014
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Bill Geist, known mostly for his humorous appearances on CBS New Sunday Morning, and Willy Geist, most recently known as a cohost on NBC's Today Show, have written a hilarious.. what, co-autobiography? It has a few four-letter words. It's the 21st Century, isn't it? But, if you get past this, you will laugh at places until tears run down your cheeks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome
Published 7 days ago by Harry L. Schaeffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this book, humorous in an off beat way.
Published 12 days ago by Patricia L. Merriman
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Very boring book.
Published 25 days ago by gail klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I read a lot and enjoy all kinds of genres. I liked this book.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I expected better.
I kept getting lost as to who I was listening too. I expected much more from Bill.
Published 1 month ago by SPORT 01
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read.
Well written funny book about growing up in a caring and adventurous family. These are people who show you how to live well and enjoy the good and the bad of things that happen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Music Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars LOL
As in Laughed Out Loud!!! Constantly for the first nine chapters. Both Bill and Willie are great comedic writers but sorry Willie, the old man supplied a most laughs, and tears. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tom Turbiville
5.0 out of 5 stars Avoid Reading in A Library ... LOL Funny
Had high expectations going in, but have never laughed out loud so much while reading any book. Was literally out of breath from laughing while reading "this is not a pony... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shirley N
3.0 out of 5 stars More Than Talk
This is the kind of book that starts conversations; either in agreement or commiseration. I very much enjoyed these glimpses into the father son dynamic offered in the vignettes of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny book!
A touching and very, very funny book!!
Published 2 months ago by Judy Giovanelli
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