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Private Parts Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1997

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It has been said that you either love or loathe Howard Stern, but it's quite possible to love and loathe him after reading this autobiography. Stern sets out to offend as many people as possible (and he succeeds admirably), but two things prevent this book, and Stern, from becoming unbearable. First, he is as candid about himself as he is about the people he attacks. He describes his tortured adolescence, his physical inadequacies, and his sexual proclivities in such breathtaking detail that it's hard not to like the guy. Stern also avoids the bitterness that characterizes many of the "shock-radio" DJs who have attempted to follow in his footsteps. He can be cruel, but he generally reserves cruelty for people whose fame makes them open targets, and the way he dismantles the whole idea of "celebrity" is hilarious. Howard Stern is like the kid at school who could fart the national anthem--you can't help but laugh at what he does, even though you know you shouldn't.

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And you thought you had trouble with the Madonna book. At least that was mostly the pictures. Here we've got words to worry about, and I'm talking all of them. Concepts, too. All of them. Sexual concepts you might not have even thought about. For those not familiar with the book's author, radio bad-boy Stern makes his living talking on his syndicated show about celebrities, politics, and every sort of bodily function and sexual act that crosses his mind. Stern isn't saying anything here that he hasn't already said on his syndicated show (in fact, much of the book consists of actual bits from the show). On the other hand, the FCC has already fined him a couple of hundred thousand dollars for indecency. If Stern were just playing high-school adolescent, he'd be easy to dismiss. But every once in a while, he's funny, brilliantly funny, and mostly when he's not talking about sex. He's funny, for instance, in his interview with an addled Bob Hope and in his vicious but hysterical send-up of Joan Rivers selling her home-shopping jewelry and milking her husband's suicide for all it's worth: "This is a solid-gold replica of Edgar's thumb. . . . I'm wearing right now a tiny diamond-studded coffin, the same coffin that Edgar put himself in." Okay, I think it's funny. Obviously, Stern's humor is a matter of taste. Photographs and graphics on every page enliven a text that hardly needs perking up. A partially nude Stern draped in a velvet cape graces the cover. This pushes the limits, but then, that's Howard. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Monarch notes ; 00944
  • Mass Market Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671009443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671009441
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.5 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yes, this is the funniest book I have ever read. I was never really into the Howard Stern Show, only listening sometimes while my dad drives me to school (I'm 14), but this book changed me, and now I love listening to the show in the morning. It gets me ready for school I suppose.
The book goes into the many parts of Howards life. It tells you how he his father used to treat him, and his mother as well. It really makes you wonder how he survived in a house like that. It tells of his college experiences with women and radio. It tells about all his old bosses, such as Pig Virus (read the book). The book was funny through the beginning but once he hits the part where he talks about the celebs he hates, it really gets hilarious, just read what he thinks of Madonna, or Regis, or Kathie-Lee. I could go on and on. The chapter with Stuttering John is hilarious as well. I never knew Baba-Booey was their first interviewer.
All in all, this is a very, very good well written book. It's very light reading, so I can recommend it to pretty much anyone. Be aware that the amount of cursing is borderline extreme though, but it's nothing a person age 12+ hasn't heard before.
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I am and have been a fan of Howard Stern for years now, but this book brought me closer to the show and the way he thinks. From the exterior the book seems crass, and it is. But what Private PArts(PP) also contains is a touching and funny story of a loser who made it to the top. His often turbulent boyhood to his trials of being a married man. Aside from a biograghy, PP also touches on Howard's opinions on almost everything. Some of the material even offended me, but I know that he is just like almost everyone, except he says it. An in-your-face book that will have you laughing from start to finish.
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I had never seen or listened to any Howard Stern shows before reading this book so I did not know exactly what to expect. What I pleasantly discovered within the pages of this book was the most entertaining autobiography I have read in my life. The length of the book scared me a little when I first saw it but I finished it in no time. Just a great great book! Good work Howard!
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Whether you are a Howard Stern fan or not,this book is a wonderful collection of humor and truth that keeps you informed and laughing at the same time! If you want to read an entertaining book this year, read this. If he does not broadcast in your area and you want to enjoy a few good stories and get to know the man behind the sun glasses, this book is well written and is a good dose of the KING! ENJOY!
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This book was one of the funniest I've ever read. I actually laughed out loud which I seldom do when reading. Howards b***** comments on celebrities were absolutely hilarious. It's a quick read and I'd recommend it to anyone who's looking for something fun to read.
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Stern is brilliantly irreverent. He is not afraid to tell the truth--he will say things that most of us wouldn't dream of saying aloud. He is the Voice of the Silent Majority, the Man of the Common People. Not only can he say the most outrageous things, but he has the quick wit and brilliance to defend himself from the slings and arrows of those who dare to challenge him. My favorite is his trashing of egotistical, conceited celebrities. He is not awed or intimidated by the rich and famous. He is quick to expose their hypocrisy and their lies, and I just love that about him. Yet what's great is that Stern doesn't hesitate to make fun of himself as well. If you can get pass his vulgar, graphic language and the scatological humor, you'll realize Stern is a brilliant satiricist and incredibly funny. As a credit to Stern's humor, my husband lost his father and was depressed for many months, rarely smiling. The only thing that made him laugh was Howard's book. I would to him aloud chapters of "Private Parts", and he'd laugh his head off. His favorite chapter was "Yes I am Fartman", a painfully explicit, but very funny dissertation on Stern's excessive flatulence. Buy this book and Stern's "Miss America"--both are great reads.
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Everything Howard Stern has written or said on his radio show can be summed up in one sentence. It is all an attempt to cope with the frustration of living a life of monogamy and boredom outside the confines of his broadcast booth. I don't know why he doesn't just give in to his terminal horniness and dump his wife and kids. What does he care if he has to give up half his money; what was he going to do with it anyway? The guy lives like Howard Hughes. The message of Private Parts, apart from all the raunchiness and filler that make up the bulk of it, can be discerned from the section entitled "My Secret of Life," where he writes that people should live the same boring, conservative, monogamous lifestyle he does. Even with his wealth and fame, even with the hordes of women half his age who throw themselves at his feet, Howard wants the rest of us to be as miserable as he is? I just don't buy it. I think if Howard were as honest as he would have us believe, his advice would be not to make the same mistake he did, because you never know if you might become famous someday. Imagine having to resist even for a minute what he has to resist every day!
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