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This Is Ridiculous This Is Amazing: Parenthood in 71 Lists [Kindle Edition]

Jason Good
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Book Description

Blogging sensation and family man Jason Good delivers a laugh-out-loud reminder that everything is easier and more fun when approached with a sense of humor—especially parenting. Each list captures a perfect (or perfectly terrible) aspect of parenthood while wholeheartedly embracing every moment: "You Deserve a Break" offers ideas for downtime, such as giving blood and untangling cords, while "Self-Help from a Three-Year-Old" collects such wisdom as "If you fall down, stay down. Someone will pick you up eventually." Sweet, sincere, and oh-so-true, this is the ideal gift for parents who could use a laugh. And isn't that every single one of them?

Editorial Reviews


"Full of lists articulating things that every parent has probably thought of at some point, but simply hasn't had the dedicated pen or writerly chops Good has."
"Hands down, the best humor book about family life I have ever read."
-- Nikki Knepper - Author of Moms Who Drink And Swear
"Every father has moments when he realizes his love for his kids is equaled only by his lack of sanity"
-- People Magazine

"Jason Good might be known casually as the Dad blogger who made it big, but that's simplifying things. His blog is great, but his first book is even better."

About the Author

Jason Good is a contributing writer to Parents Magazine, GQ, and Psychology Today. His book, This is Ridiculous. This is Amazing: Parenthood in 71 Lists  is available in bookstores everywhere. Look for two more books from him in 2015: "Must. Push. Buttons." (Bloomsbury Kids), and a memoir,  entitled, "Rock, Meet Window: a Story of a Father and a Son" (Chronicle Books) He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons and enjoys making them laugh more than anyone else. Visit him online at

Product Details

  • File Size: 4424 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (May 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IJO2O2Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously amazing book May 13, 2014
In the process of going from blog to book, I’ve seen so many writers ditch the raw nerve and conversational tone that made people fall in love with their magnificently brilliant thought vomit in the first place. Not Jason Good. In list after list he consistently manages to be authentic and laugh out funny without being bitter or obvious. I couldn’t pick a favorite list or even my top ten, because they were all brilliant, perfect, hilarious and so relatable. I’d would say that Jason was the perfect man, but that would be a lie, because he freely admitted to unapologetically leaving his ear-wax crusted Q-tips out for his wife to find, and that…well, that’s just effing disgusting. What is NOT a lie is saying this: “This is Ridiculous. This is Amazing,” is hands down, the best humor book about family life I have ever read.

Nikki Knepper - Author of Moms Who Drink And Swear
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I'm always up for a good laugh. I don't often get those laughs from books I read, but occasionally it can happen. When I was offered a review copy of this book, I took it in hopes that it would offer me a few good laughs, and it did. The book isn't fantastic, but it certainly isn't dull, and there are plenty of things in the book that all parents will be able to relate to.

Like the title says, this is a book of lists, as such, it is pretty concise and you could probably sit and read the whole thing from cover to cover in about an hour. As such, I view this book as more of a "bathroom reader" sort of book. By that I mean that it's a book that you can pick up, open to any page, read for a few minutes, get a few chuckles from, and then put down after completing a few short chapters.

In order to help you get a better grasp on what you'll expect to find in this book, I'll give you a partial list from one of the chapters entitled "Car Talk," which gives a list of things that kids like to argue about in the car when the trip is longer than three minutes:

1. Whether we're going fast or slow.

2. Where we're going.

3. Why we're going there.

4. When we're going to be there.

5. Who gets which car seat.

6. Who owns the strip of fabric between their car seats.

7. Who can kick the chair in front of them the hardest.

8. Why the windows won't go all the way down in the back seat.

9. Whether the windows should be up or down.

10. Why Daddy is so quiet.

If you found this list funny, then it's likely you'd enjoy most of this book. If you didn't find this list funny, then you should take a pass on this book. In my opinion, the book is a tad pricey for what it is. Also, I'm of the opinion that this book might make for a better gift than something one would purchase for themselves. It is what it is, and I liked it fine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Admit it, you think children are funny!! August 13, 2014
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This is truly a funny book. It's very sarcastic and does use some profanity, but nothing that most parents are thinking in their heads anyway.

There are 71 lists, broken into 6 categories. They're short, but so very funny!

For instance, the list titled When Listening is Impossible, about witty responses to kids who talk constantly, in the other room, led me to great comebacks that have totally confused my two boys.
"Mom, can I come out of my room now?"
"No, I don't have the right kind of batteries."

I sat down and read the whole book, laughing at the things lots of us think but are afraid to admit!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny! August 13, 2014
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A great book...filled with mostly humorous observations and thoughts, this book stands out to me in that it sets out to be funny, and it actually succeeds. Now, not every person is going to think that all the jokes are funny - I certainly didn't think so. But overall, this is a great book that's really funny (or maybe "it's funny because it's true" kind of deal) that is easy and fun to read.

My only regret is reading it a day after having surgery - laughing caused a lot of pain, but man at least it shows that it's a funny rather than "cute" book, so for me, this book is top notch!

Highly recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading room material May 19, 2014
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This isn't a parenting book that happens to be funny--it's an instant comedy classic that just happens to be about parenting. While making fun of one's kids and parenting is quickly becoming ubiquitous and overdone, "This is Ridiculous, This is Amazing" transcends the genre and stands apart as something special. Like Louis CK, Jason Good possesses the ability to make us laugh in recognition of those thoughts we all have as parents by approaching them from completely innovative and unexpected angles, and like CK, he is able to do this by establishing his credentials as a father with the audience--this is a guy who obviously loves his kids and family, and the time he has spent in the trenches earns him the right to comment on the ridiculousness he observes.

This is one of the rare books I have read that is literally laugh-out-loud funny. I would recommend it to anyone who has ever had kids, but especially those who are in the middle of surviving very young ones. If, like me, you use your time in the "reading room" as a five minute refuge to hide from your kids, you're going to love having this book in there with you. Each of the 71 entries is funnier than the last--reading 2-3 of these lists is a perfect way to start off your day and a reminder that you are not alone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It's funny because it's true
A great baby shower gift. I read through a few of the first lists and there were several laugh out loud moments. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Perfect gift for any parent, esp of toddlers. Laughed so hard I cried at some parts, husband and I read it to one another aloud, and we're not really those kind of people. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Sarah B
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
Anyone with kids will thoroughly enjoy Jason Good's lists and sense of humor. I cried I laughed so hard.
Published 5 months ago by Rachel Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorously True
I love that this was a quick and easy read that held my attention while nursing my newborn endlessly through the night. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Morgan Lapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Pee-your-pants funny!
Oh my goodness! I bought this book in between appointments at the Mayo Clinic and found myself literally laughing out loud in the oncology waiting room. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Stephanie Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious. Accurate. Brilliant.
I laughed twice in the introduction. The first few lists felt like someone invading my personal life.

This is a great book of lists about everything parenthood. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Absolutely hilarious!!! Loved this book!
Published 8 months ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars This would make a fantastic gift. There really is content not from the...
Hilarious. This would make a fantastic gift. There really is content not from the blog in here that I just adore. My son and husband read it together, which is adorably hilarious.
Published 8 months ago by J. Chendea
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun book - to let you know that you are not alone!
an incredibly fun and witty book. This book is full of lists all about being a parent. As a new parent some of these lists ring very true with me. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Summeroz
4.0 out of 5 stars Living with toddlers in list form :)
I have always had a soft spot for books of "lists," and this one is no exception. The first few lists were somewhat lackluster, but by the fifth or sixth list there was at... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ms. Parrothead
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More About the Author

Jason is a comedian, and writer. He is also husband to a fantastic woman, and father to two sons. He works from home in a small, cold office with plenty of sunlight, and frequently wears noise canceling headphones. Jason's favorite color of noise is brown. Jason wrote this biography while eating a Cliff bar. He enjoys writing in the passive voice.

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