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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455547220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455547227
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Great, fun read.
John Blasdel
I have watched both Mr Geist's on television and enjoy it.
Roberta A Hartman
I really enjoyed the lighthearted humor and bantering.
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13 of 14 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Debra P. on June 6, 2014
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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 Maryann Schieferstein on June 8, 2014
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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 By Gary Dannenbring on 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 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda on June 28, 2014
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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 By frosti on July 1, 2014
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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 By Joe R. Mcauley on 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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