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They Call Me Baba Booey Paperback – May 31, 2011
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“Equal parts amazing and amusing . . . Fans will eat up the mortifying moments of [Dell’Abate’s] twenty-seven-year ride with the wildly popular and influential Stern show. . . . But it is the stories of extreme family dysfunction that give the book surprising heart.”—NJ.com
“Dell’Abate [has] pulled back the curtain [and his fans] will be pleasantly surprised.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Gary’s chronicle of how he developed the skills to survive a household shaken by both mental illness and the seismic shifts of the sixties, and of how he’s applied those skills to accommodate Howard and the gang, is nothing less than fascinating.”—Dr. Drew Pinsky
“Following the simple plan outlined in this book, I lost fifteen pounds and became a happier wife and better mother.”—Howard Stern
“If you think your family is nuts, wait until you read this story.”—Joan Rivers
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Rather than focus on what is arguably the most interesting part of Gary's life (the show), this book touches on his upbringing on Long Island and his relationship with his family. Without spoiling anything, the stories about his mom in particular should have been interesting...but they weren't. Without Howard's color commentary to help Gary's stories along, this book reads like the world's longest run-on sentence. You know when Gary gets going on the show and tells a story without taking a breath? That is essentially what this book is like.
Gary's a nice guy, but his story isn't particularly interesting. I would pass on this and instead pick up another book they've been talking about on the show - "The Battle for Late Night" by Bill Carter.
Like I said you will like it if you are a die hard HSS fan. It is a quick read too, as long as your IQ is higher than Bobos.
Someone who attended a mid-1980s live appearance by the HOWARD STERN SHOW staff told me many in the audience booed Dell'Abate when Stern introduced him. The reason? They thought Gary had no talent and thus did not deserve respect.
Perhaps THEY CALL ME BABA BOOEY will make those who jeered Dell'Abate that day finally understand what Howard Stern sees: Gary Dell'Abate's talent is hard work. What he has in drive and backbone matches what Howard Stern has in wit and imagination. Because of all the THEY CALL ME BABA BOOEY stories that widened my eyes, Dell'Abate's tales of working nonstop impressed me the most. No wonder he is one of only three on-air performers still with Howard Stern since 1984. I've always rooted for Gary because I identified with his regular guy ways and admired his unlimited capacity to take it for the team. THEY CALL ME BABA BOOEY fills in the blanks, explaining what makes Gary Dell'Abate endure.
One must give credit to the one-two punch of the title, THEY CALL ME BABA BOOEY, and that cover photo, Dell'Abate as an uber-awkward teen-ager. There are funnier phrases he could have used to name the book, as the "Rejected Titles" section shows. But the words and image adorning the book cover work as an entity, not separate ideas, the sight of self-conscious teen Gary looking as though he knows he will someday bear the perpetually funny nickname the title bears.Read more ›
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great book about a great guy - as a fan of the howard stern show i of course want to know everything i can about anyone involved with the show - this was a well written book and it... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Ruthie Davison
Funny silly guys tells about his life work and other memorable timesPublished 2 months ago by anne marie
Great insight to a true unsung hero. It's really hard not to like this guy after reading his book. Well done Baba Booey.Published 4 months ago by W. Roland
it kind said a lot of things over and over to make it long enough to be a bookPublished 7 months ago by jabbar20
As a superfan of the Howard Stern Show, I read every book every staff member writes. I moved to a new city and didn't have a library card, saw this book CHEAP on Amazon and just... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Deborah Maxwell