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Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. Hardcover – November 5, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; 11.12.2013 edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081299308X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812993080
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A book as funny, sincere, weird, wet, and wonderful as Rob Delaney himself.”—Jimmy Kimmel
 
“Rob Delaney has done it again! Actually, this is his first book, so he has not ‘done it again.’ Actually, this book is so good, I doubt he will be able to do it again. He’s peaked.”—Judd Apatow

“Rob’s transition from tweets to book is like a gold medal sprinter winning the marathon the next day. I am jealous and angry.”—Seth Meyers

“WARNING: This book may cause involuntary seepage. Some funny, funny, funny, funny s*** from the most dangerous man on Twitter. The fact that he’s just as funny in long form makes me want to vomit with envy.”—Anthony Bourdain

“All it takes to be as funny as Rob Delaney is luck, good timing, deep compassion, reckless imaginative agility, a flawless grasp of the inner workings of language, and criminally vast quantities of mojo. What a jerk.”—Teju Cole, author of Open City

“Although the aphorism ‘We laugh to keep from crying’ risks sounding clichéd, Delaney proves the point in this alternately melancholy and madcap depiction of an adolescence and early adulthood fueled by booze (‘I sought booze with a fervor measurably more intense than that with which I sought to get into young women's underpants’)…A surprisingly moving story of how humor can alleviate sorrow, if never completely eradicate it. The chapter about visiting the abandoned Danvers State Hospital-infamous for carrying out countless lobotomies in the 20th century-is worth reading on its own for the empathy it evokes for the casualties of early mental health treatment. Candid and conversational, this memoir shows there's more to Delaney than pithy tweets.” —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Rob Delaney has been named the “Funniest Person on Twitter” by Comedy Central and one of the “50 Funniest People” by Rolling Stone. He writes for Vice and The Guardian. This is his first book.

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Customer Reviews

I started reading this book the day it was published.
Jen Wijnker
Rob Delaney tells his story in an incredibly hilarious manner.
Jessie
I also read Rob Delaney's tweets on Twitter, like you.
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102 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Jen Wijnker on November 6, 2013
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I am furious.

I started reading this book the day it was published. I couldn't put it down. I ignored my infant daughter, told my second grade daughter to, 'Figure it out yourself, dummy' when she asked for help with her homework, and let my dog rummage scraps out of the garbage for dinner. Why the heck were they bothering me when I clearly needed to envelop myself in this warm, engaging book? I didn't go to work and didn't even bother to call and fabricate an excuse. They wouldn't understand how this book was taking me along for a ride of highs and lows (and lots of masturbation).

But suddenly the book is done. I finished it too quickly and now I'm mad. I will have to go back to being a mom and wife, and go back to work and 'do my job.'

What the heck, Delaney? Write another book RIGHT NOW so I can again bathe in your humor and wit as you brain-shower me with your warm, wet tales, leaving me refreshed and moist.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on November 19, 2013
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Whenever I hear someone sneering at Twitter by saying that nothing worthwhile can fit in a 140-character message, I know that person has never spent any time on Twitter. The pseudo-profound criticism is wrong on two levels: first of all, it turns out you can say a lot of worthwhile things in 140 characters. You can be poignant, funny, and incisive, stripping an idea or a feeling or a joke down to its essence. (Oscar Wilde would have loved Twitter. He also would have loved not being thrown in prison for being gay.). But on a broader level, people who think Twitter is limited to 140 characters are just misunderstanding the medium. Following someone's Twitter feed over a period of time lets you build up a pretty good idea of their worldview, their priorities, their strengths and weaknesses. When I first started following Rob Delaney on Twitter, it was because I found his one-liners and absurdist observations funny. But as I continued to follow him, and to read the longer pieces he would link to on his feed, I got a much more complete picture of his views on depression, substance abuse, health care, parenthood and other things that matter to me.

So I was extremely excited that Rob Delaney was writing a book, and I was not disappointed. The book is funny - laugh-out-loud funny - in the way that only real honesty can be funny. It's also heartbreaking, and hopeful, and still funny, all the way through. His account of his alcoholism manages an almost impossible feat: recounting horrific experiences without glamorizing them, while still finding the humor at the core of the most harrowing experiences. One of the things that struck me most was that of all the terrible experiences he relates - enough to fill a lifetime of AA meetings - the deepest regrets are failures of kindness.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ramsey on December 22, 2013
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This certainly had some funny parts, but is at its core a very dark memoir. It gives a very honest portrait of a recovering alcoholic, and is well written. Just beware that this is not a comedic light read.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Michael D Bertels on November 6, 2013
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Rob Delaney is a human man who does funny words and loves America. Reading his book may increase your sex drive.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kate on November 7, 2013
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This book is wonderful. It is hilarious, poignant (but in a funny way), well written, and honest. I loved every second of it, and will absolutely be going back to read it again. Congrats, Delaney, you have created a winner.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Travis Starnes on December 11, 2013
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The book is sort of a rambling series of funny events or thoughts strung together very loosely in a narrative. That isn’t a knock on his writing in any way. Think of it as the literary equivalent of a stand up set, and that is essentially what this book is. Delaney is a funny guy and it shows.

While the book is very funny, and worth reading on that merit alone, there is also some fairly interesting information passed here as well. Delaney is one of a new type of celebrity that made their name in social media before becoming widely known for anything else. I myself have followed his twitter feed for several years and find pretty much all the jokes worth it.

There is a down side to having followed his twitter feed is not all the material in the book is new to me. I have read some of it in the past as he has recycled some of the material. However, everything he brought back for the book was greatly expanded so it isn’t an actual problem.

Delaney is a funny guy and this is a book that will make you laugh. Read it and follow him on twitter, you won’t regret either.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By dana on November 19, 2013
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Every page of this book is a profound delight. I am an avid reader of both the comedian memoir and any genre covering mental illness. Rob Delaney manages to address depression with a clarity and transparency I have not before absorbed off of paper pages. On a personal level, I was deeply comforted by Rob's portrayal of depression symptoms and their interference with everyday life, and the perfectly appropriate manner in which he is able to cause roaring laughs amid description of those sorrows. Most significantly, Rob offers his life as a proof that those who struggle can indeed overcome the darknesses and once again find joy and peace. This is a vital message for so many. For those who have not experienced depression in their own body, Rob's words in the least can serve as a guide for empathy toward friends and family who are hurting. Bottom line: it is wonderful to read Rob's thoughts and hilarious life stories in long-form, and I will be keeping this treasure on my nightstand for future re-reads. A hearty THANK YOU and congrats to him for finishing this book and sharing it with us :)
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