- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (April 22, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780385349079
- ISBN-13: 978-0385349079
- ASIN: 0385349076
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,312 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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If you haven't ever seen Jim Gaffigan at a show or on TV then you are missing some serious, gut wrenching laughter to be had. This book is no exception. It was filled with hilarious stories and observations about being a parent.
The book was much more serious then I expected and pretty much solely about being a parent. I expected a few dad centered stories but mostly a book filled with his stand-up bits. What I got instead was a much more profound book. Jim Gaffigan speaks from his heart about why he loves his family and how much they mean to him.
Before you read this book you will love Jim Gaffigan's jokes, but after reading this book you will love Jim Gaffigan as a person.