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Tales from the Dad Side: Misadventures in Fatherhood Hardcover – October 7, 2008

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Steve Doocy does it again, with a often laugh-out-loud guide to the joys and perils of parenting in the modern age... Little league and Joe Namath, water moccasins and camping, rushes to the emergency room, college visits—it’s all here and it’s all funny. (Hugh Hewitt)

About the Author

Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Steve Doocy is the cohost of Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends. He has earned reporting and writing awards from the Associated Press, Sigma Delta Chi, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and has worked at NBC, CBS, and Fox. He and his wife, Kathy, live just outside New York City with their three children.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; English Language edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061441627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061441622
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,179,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James A. Hatherley on November 24, 2008
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"Tales from the Dad Side" is disarmingly powerful.

Readers are forewarned that this is a "funny book," and it is all of that. Steve Doocy has a very engaging writing style that features an endless stream of humorous, laugh-out-loud metaphors and pop culture side shots on every page. You can almost hear the rim shots in the back of your head. Absolutely awesome.

And yet, if this book is so funny, why was I so misty-eyed as I turned the pages, in much the same way I reacted while watching "The Bucket List"? If you are a Dad it's as simple as this - this book hits your humerus on its way to your head and your heart.

What we have here is an author who is skillfully presenting his life in a humorous and poignant fashion. Along the way he invites his fellow Dads - and sons - to remember all the similar times and moments of their lives, and, with the wisdom gained from the passage of time, to re-enact and re-interpret, even retrospectively understand, their meanings and emotions.

It's great to read a book that celebrates the value and contributions of fathers, rather than bash or ridicule or minimize them, which seems to have been too popular a trend for too long.

Hurrah to Steve Doocy. Read his tales at your pleasure, but be ready for some serious introspection.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David Frisbie on October 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Okay, maybe "Father Knows Best" but let's face it, Dad doesn't always get it right. In this hilarious new book from TV broadcaster Steve Doocy, we're up close and personal when Dad swings and misses ---- just like most of us do during our dad years. Oops, Dad just whiffed one.

Sounds like real life!

No worries --- this is not a "blame the dad" book --- just a funny, often wise, well-written look at life in the Dad Zone. You'll laugh a lot and sometimes you'll be laughing at yourself: go ahead and admit it, you've lived this stuff, you just didn't put it on the record.

Doocy's best book so far: buy it and enjoy!

Dr. David Frisbie
The Center for Marriage & Family Studies
Author of: Raising Great Kids on Your Own: A Guide and Companion for Every Single Parent
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erika Grace on November 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I did it to myself again - I bought Steve Doocy's new book and chose an evironment inappropriate for bursts of laughter when I cracked it open for the first time.

It was during the 2nd half of the last game of the World Series, while sitting on the couch with my husband suffering from a cold. We're Tampa bay residents and Rays fans; the picture is now complete.

Knowing Steve Doocy's entertainment factor from his first book, I read "Tales from the Dad Side" as a non-Dad. Don't let the title fool you: Steve Doocy's book applies to practically every family member you know - including yourself!

The fits of laughter started with Steve's choice of activities following the birth of his son Peter (God bless you, Mrs. Doocy!) and continued beyond his experience at the spa/salon with his two daughters. The humorous and heart-felt recounts take the reader all over the world: from Steve's hometown, to a volcano in Hawaii, to Ireland and many stops along the way.

Sidenote, after reading this book, you will definitely take on a different view of parmesan cheese and the Blarney stone!

For me, Steve's book comes at a time when we need as much laughter and positive family experiences as possible in our lives. I quickly turned to Steve's book while our Rays lost the World Series, the market continued to tank and the Presidential election kept us up for several nights leading to and including election night.

This book shows us the 'behind the scenes' Steve Doocy we watch every morning on Fox & Friends. If nothing else, we now know the greatness behind Steve's success (in addition to his hard work and humor): his family!

This is a must read - once you start, you will find yourself soaking in pages at a fast pace while reflecting on the quirks and laughs supplied by your own family.

Thank you Steve and THANK YOU Doocy family!

Erika Grace
Tampa, Florida
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Willinghan on October 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Steve Doocy is a writer who takes you on a hilarious adventure of his life as a Dad. This book is a winner! It's also bringing back memories of 44 years of marriage and raising 3 sons for my hubby and I. Steve is a really talented author abd TV personality who is a #1 Dad and husband.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claudine Wolk VINE VOICE on June 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. Steve Doocy cleverly combines his own life story as a kid with similar stories with his own kids as a Dad. The result is a well-written, funny, tender look at fatherhood from the guy's point of view. As a writer for new moms, I particularly like Doocy's honesty and explanations as to why fathers do and see things a bit differently from moms.

The book is entertaining from start to finish. Doocy has a terrific, easy to understand, conversational voice that makes the book easy to read and enjoy. What's more, Doocy is very funny! The content, though, is what is to be particularly savored. Doocy shares lessons for Dads in the stories he tells, the mistakes he's made, the changes in his parenting styles over the years, and the sensitivity in which he shares his beliefs. His honesty in revealing the important lessons he's learned is a gift to every Dad (and Mom for that matter.) I hope he writes another book, he's got a gift!
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