- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (April 22, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385349076
- ISBN-13: 978-0385349079
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 2,274 customer reviews
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About the Author
JIM GAFFIGAN is a stand-up comedian and actor with numerous film, television, and stage credits. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jeannie, and their five children in a two-bedroom apartment.
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Letter to My Children
I am your dad. The father of all five of you pale creatures. Given how attractive and fertile your mother is, there may be more of you by the time you read this book. If you are reading this, I am probably dead. I would assume this because I can honestly foresee no other situation where you’d be interested in anything I’ve done. Right now, you are actually more interested in preventing me from doing things like working, sleeping, and smiling. I’m kidding, of course. Kind of. I love you with all of my heart, but you are probably the reason I’m dead.
All right, you didn’t kill me. Your mother did. She kept getting pregnant! I don’t know how. Don’t think about it. It will give you the willies. At one point, I was afraid she got pregnant while she was pregnant. She was so fertile I didn’t even let her hold avocados. Anyway, this is a book all about what I observed being your dad when you were very young and I had some hair back in good old 2013.
So why a book? Well, since you’ve come into my life, you’ve been a constant source of entertainment while simultaneously driving me insane. I felt I had to write down my observations about you in a book. And also for money, so you could eat and continue to break things. By the way, I’m sorry I yelled so much and did that loud clapping thing with my hands. I hated when my dad would do the loud clapping thing with his hands, so every time I do the loud clapping thing, it pains me in many ways. Most of the pain is because that loud clapping thing actually hurts my hands.
You may be wondering how I wrote this book. From a very early age, you all instinctively knew I wasn’t that bright of a guy. Probably from all the times you had to correct me when I couldn’t read all the words in The Cat in the Hat. Hell, I find writing e‑mails a chore. (Thank you, spell-check!) I wrote this book with the help of many people, but mostly your mother. Your mother is not only the only woman I’ve ever loved, but also the funniest person I know. When your mom was not in labor yelling at me, she made me laugh so hard.
P.S. How did you get that hula hoop into that restaurant Easter 2011?
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Also, he blatantly recycles many of his famous stand-up bits in sections of this book. Some bits several years old.
Overall, a pleasant and entertaining read....just left me slightly disappointed.
A very quick read, especially as the individual essays are short enough to get through one or two between interruptions. If you've seen Jim Gaffigan's stand up specials, you'll recognize some of the material, but not too much, so it is still worth buying. My only (minor) complaint is that as self-deprecating as Jim Gaffigan is, he is equally if not more praising of his wife, so while I enjoyed relating to his humanity and imperfections in the face of an overwhelming family life, I felt that he counteracted that by painting his wife as an uber-saint. He certainly didn't have to rag on her or anything, but at times it did feel kind of like a fan letter to her perfection, and as someone who loves Jim Gaffigan because he's so relatable, I found his characterization of her extremely un-relateable to this frazzled mother. That was a minor complaint, however, and as his wife edited his book, I can't really blame him for keeping himself out of trouble on that front. Smart man.