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Private Parts [Paperback]

Howard Stern
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Book Description

June 12, 2008
The #1 bestseller and fastest selling autobiography of all time, Private Parts, will be released on March 14 as a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures and Rysher Entertainment. This is the event Stern's millions of fans have been waiting for. Yes, The King of All Media is back, letting it all hang out in his outrageous new movie. And here is the book that tracks the odyssey. In Private Parts Stern spills his life story, from his dysfunctional beginnings to his unlikely, turbulent rise to super stardom. In the process, he shares his views on everything from foreign policy to fatherhood and Madonna to masturbation, with lots of lesbians in between. No matter whose side you're on -- Cher's "I hate him. He's just a creep," or Stallone's "I love him. I really love him" -- Stern's brutally frank "Don't ask, I'll tell" tome spares no group or institution. Studded throughout with Howard's favorite photos, pickings from the Hate-Mailbag and illustrations, this is the original, in-your-face manifesto complete with movie art that will once again have fans storming the bookstores...and everyone else running for cover.

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If you can get past the schoolboy drooling over breasts and lesbians, there is much wit and wisdom to be found in this memoir by radio bad-boy Stern. (Granted, some readers won't really object to the breasts and lesbians...) Stern is a Long Island everyman. On the face of it, his upbringing and early career were not particularly remarkable. But when HE tells the stories and puts us in HIS shoes, everything changes. An overprotective mother? Stern says she raised him like "a veal." A loving wife? Stern says (probably half-joking) that he stays with her because he does not want to give away half his wealth. In a way, you can sympathize with Stern. After reading about his sexual fantasies and ideas about women, you know his wife has gotta be a saint. And we all know that to live with a saint makes a guy look REALLY bad! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (June 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671501003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671501006
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest Book I've Ever Read February 17, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff July 26, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put this book down!! June 21, 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The KING lives up to his name! August 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It'll keep you laughing. December 13, 1999
By Lance
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTE SCREAM...YOU'LL LAUGH YOUR BUNS OFF! April 5, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live The King! April 18, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First of all, there's a ton of foul language here... so beware if that offends you. (But if you're a Howard fan, I doubt it will.) How does this book compare with the movie? Better, actually. This goes a lot more in depth about aspects of his life that, for time constraints, the movie couldn't. You either "get" Howard or you don't & I don't believe many who "don't" will ever appreciate the brutal honesty that separates him from the run of the mill show business celebrity/phony. Buy this along with MISS AMERICA and have yourself a laugh-fest! (Also good for humor that's a bit on the raunchy side are THAT'S DISGUSTING : AN ADULT GUIDE TO WHAT'S GROSS, TASTELESS, RUDE, CRUDE, AND LEWD and NO ONE'S EVEN BLEEDING.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Private Parts August 17, 2004
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Love him or hate him (I'm on the love side) this is truely a must read! His tale of his life comming from next to nothing to the top of the food chain is hillarious and insightful. Also his behind the scenes view of celeberties is great especially from a man known not to hold anything back. Surprisingly for a first time author this is well written and the story is insporational. Honestly one of my favorite books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it and love him!
Published 2 months ago by Madelyn G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Howard Stern is the best!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Christine M. Key
5.0 out of 5 stars I read this book many years ago and it was ...
I read this book many years ago and it was hilarious. I would read a chapter or two nightly to hubby and laugh my buns off every time. I was so sorry when I finished it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Aguirre
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Published 2 months ago by Stephen Purvis
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Public Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good deal.
The side had some stains, but the pages look amazing, and the cover looks great. All in all, for a book that cost 4.50, this was a pretty good deal.
Published 2 months ago by J.B. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey now!
Hey now! The King doesn't fail to entertain. I love the movie, and the book is even better.
Published 4 months ago by CKS
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy!
Sent quickly, exactly as advertised. Easy!
Published 5 months ago by Julie
4.0 out of 5 stars MEH!
I can't believe people let this guy get under their skin, he does it just for that reason. Some of his views are funny and I actually agree with him on some things. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mathew Lee Dean
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT what was expected
I DID NOT expect this book to be a re-print. Besides that fact, it is such poor quality it is laughable. The pictures in the book are barely visible. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mdbiller@erols.com
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