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Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees...and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have Hardcover – May 20, 2014
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"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
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.
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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.
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".Read more ›
The sex-talks or lack thereof between father and son are familiar from all of our own lives and slightly uncomfortable and slightly boring to read about. I kind of stopped reading partway through.
"Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees...and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have" (2014 publication; 270 pages) is basically a friendly, and smile-inducing, chat between father and son, now both grown up men, reflecting on what things were like when Willie was a young boy. The first chapter of the book looks back on the sex education talk that they never had, and how embarrassing it would've been if they would've had it. Can't we (parents) call relate to that? Reflects Willie: "So, yes, the truth is, I didn't want that Talk any more that you did. What son would? Gross. Besides, there's something to be said for fumbling around in the dark during adolescent on-the-job training--it's part of the deal", ha! Along the way we learn how both Bill and Willie meet their significant others and eventually marry. Other chapters deal with things like going camping, going fishing, the family's beloved red Jeep dad buys on a whim, how Willie becomes a Yankees fan instead of a Cubs fan, etc. etc. In other words, the simple things in life.
There is nothing earth-shattering in this book. It's an endearing and loving look back from two grown-ups on how things were when the son was a kid and eventually grew up. If you are lucky enough to be a parent, and in particular a dad who has a grown-up son (as I do), you will completely relate to this book. It makes for light-hearted and smile-inducing reading, and I finished it the book in just a couple of hours.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A beautiful father/son story that will have you laughing and crying in the same paragraph! A wonderful love story! Thank you, Bill and Willie!Published 27 days ago by Susan M Parent
I loved this story and the honesty of this father and son. It is warm,funny, and touching. More parents and kids should share their stories and memories like this. Beautiful.Published 5 months ago by Sharon D. Cummings
This book is just as I expected, a group of memories from Willie and Bill Geist of their lives. The same memories told from parent perspective and then child perspective. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Humorous in places, gave a great background to the lives and personalities of the two main characters. Good summertime casual reading.Published 6 months ago by Christ 1.
Loved the banter between father and son! Very entertaining, and yet touching. What a wonderful father and son relationship!Published 7 months ago by Nancy L. Kokesh