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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439173214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439173213
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Longtime comedian Mohr, formerly of Saturday Night Live and currently executive producer/host of NBC's Last Comic Standing, knows how to be funny, but was as clueless as anyone else when it came to parenthood: "one of the shitty parts" of parenthood is that "there aren't any do-overs. You learn on the fly and do the best you can." Even so, Mohr makes it abundantly clear that, despite some mistakes, he has enjoyed every minute of being a parent to his son, Jackson, and he mines it here for comedy gold. Mohr's dead-on insights and sharp observations ring true regarding serious issues like spanking and step-parenting, as well as lighter subjects like his son's first haircut. Mohr also finds pointed humor in unhappy topics, like his attempt to have another child with his second wife; he's more than candid about his lousy swimmers. Mohr's stand-up sensibility is occasionally trumped by his love for his son, but even then he stays honest and engaging: "As he grows, my heart sinks. The less he needs me, the more I need him."
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"Insightful and witty. . . . Mohr’s take on parenting is ultimately as charming as it is irreverent."
--The Westbury Times

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I recommend this book to any fathers out there.
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I don't usually read this kind of book...however it had me hooked from the start!
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I wasn't a fan of Jay Mohr till I read this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kewlbreezes on June 22, 2010
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I was really surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. Mohr makes parenting funnier than it really is. Or maybe just reading about other parents' misadventures is funnier. Whatever the case, it's a well-written, highly entertaining book. I am charmed by how completely taken and devoted he is to his son. He's probably too obsessive at times, but hey, we all screw up as parents at times and since that's his worst quality as a parent, it's really not a liability at all! His takes on kids is a riot and very candid at times. For anyone who has been a parent or is around kids alot, this is a great read. It's no classic, but for just entertaining reading, it's perfect.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By EJ on June 5, 2010
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I ordered this book because I was looking for some humor, and it delivered that and more.

The main focus of the book is Mohr's relationship with his son Jackson. His stories of interacting with his little guy are priceless. I know who Jay Mohr is mostly from Jerry Maguire and his calls to the Jim Rome show, and frankly I did not expect to find in this book such a loving and absolutely devoted husband and father in addition to being a heck of a funny guy. Even if you are not familiar with Jay Mohr, if you are a parent, I think you will enjoy this book. Some of the stories were a little less entertaining than others, which kept me from giving it five stars. But overall, it is warm and funny and silly and touching.

My personal favorite chapter was the one on accompanying his wife to the gynecologist. I had tears running down my face from laughing so hard. If you are not one for blunt humor and select four-letter-words, you might want to pass this one up. Otherwise, this is a definite recommend if you are looking for a feel-good story of love and laughs.
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I purchased this book because I heard Jay plugging it while guest-hosting the Jim Rome radio show recently. I have always found his humor to great due to has ability to be completely honest in his story telling.

I first read the intro to this book online and was moved to tears when hearing about his experience as a modern day father. I personally could relate to many of these things being the dad to a 3 year old daughter.

I ordered the book a few days later and read it on my new Kindle. The book had me laughing loudly at times relating to Jay's experiences. Jay is willing to share a lot of insight into his personal life. For this, he has a great book here on fatherhood.

I recommend this book to any fathers out there. Especially new and future fathers, since being a new dad can often feel like we are living with an alien creature.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Eastwood on May 29, 2010
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Jay Mohr is not only one of the funniest comedians on the planet, he has also proven to be a terrific writer as well. His first book "Gasping for Airtime" is a funny and informative backstage look at the insane world of Saturday Night Live. "No Wonder My Parents Drank" is one of the warmest and funniest books on parenting ever. He manages to offer a touching take on the subject without ever becoming sappy. Jay's amazing brand of humor and his obvious joy of being a father shines through from the first page to the last.
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I always liked Jay Mohr. After reading his book, I love him. I just conected with so many things he said. And I laughed a lot. Jackson is a very lucky boy and Nik and Jay are very lucky parents. Not every one gets to spend enough time together to realize how important they are. I would like Jay to make a lot of money on the book but I'm giving mine to all my friends. The people who should read this book are mom's dad's any one who is planning to be a mom or a dad and kids of a age appropriate age. What ever that is. Incase you can't tell. I loved this book.
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By bootsie68 on July 13, 2010
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I'm pretty choosy about humor & things that make me laugh. I read an excerpt from this book in a parenting magazine & was cracking up so much that I HAD to buy the book. Oh my GOD! I don't remember the last time I read anything that actually had me bursting out laughing in public. My co-workers have heard me guffawing on my lunch break & are all asking if they can read this book when I'm done with it. A little bit of bad language, but nothing that takes away from the story. A MUST READ for any parent who is looking for a good laugh!
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By chunga on September 20, 2010
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I know comedy is subjective, so it is tough to review a "comedy" book. But this book was not what I was hoping for. I always enjoy Jay Mohr, especially when he calls into Opie & Anthony or Ron & Fez, but this book was just a little too sappy for me. True, as a father there were several stories I could relate to, but for the most part, Mohr just goes on and on about how great his kid is and how great it is to be Jackson's dad. We get it.

In my opinion, if you are looking for laughs, look elsewhere.
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By freddie on July 20, 2010
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I purchased this book for my father as a father's day present. He said it was an easy read with some good humor and greatly enjoyed the story. The best overall part of the book was it brought back a lot of my father's memories from my childhood and the my brother's childhoods. My father recommends this book to any parents with children that are partially grown up or already grown up. Having memories of your own children make the book a much more entertaining and enjoyable read.
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