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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455547220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455547227
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jack on May 20, 2014
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Debra P. on 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 By Diane VINE VOICE on June 13, 2014
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thelmaann on July 8, 2014
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It's an okay book, but tedious to read. It goes back and forth from father to son. It is confusing at times. I love Willie, but the writing leaves much to be desired. I wouldn't have missed anything by not reading it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Breuer on June 23, 2014
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A sort of fun book if you like the Geists, father and son, but not as funny as either of them is in person (or, should I say, on TV).
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mather on June 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I love both Bill and Willie Geist and was thrilled to find out that they had written this book which I am listening to via CD format. However, I am about halfway through it and am somewhat disappointed. Approximately 50% of what I have read so far involves sports and I know there's more to their relationship than that. I was also a bit surprised (to say the least) that they found it necessary to use somewhat fowl language throughout, and I was VERY dismayed that Willie mispronounced "impetigo" incorrectly several times. I would expect more of a Vanderbilt graduate and certainly, if he was unsure, he should have inquired well ahead of time. I was hoping this would be more like one of the segments Bill has done so beautifully and successfully on CBS Sunday Morning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 6, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Let me state upfront that I don't watch much "news" on TV, and hence that I had never heard of Bill or Willie Geist, the co-authors of this book, and apparently very successful TV personalities (on CBS Sunday Morning and NBC's Today shows, respectively). I was looking for something good to read and picked this up on a whim, without knowing much about the book.

"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.
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