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Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox Hardcover – November 9, 2010

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“Greg Fitzsimmons was the first comic to ever give me unwanted advice. I thought he was a jerk. I was wrong. Not only is he a great guy, he is also one of the best storytellers I have ever heard. I look forward to someone reading this book to me.”

—Zach Galifianakis

“Jewish guilt is well-known because Jews are loud and free to express themselves. Catholic guilt, however, is fucking bottomless. Irish to the core, despite himself, this bottomlessness oozes from Greg Fitzsimmons’ every pore and it’s raw, honest, and hilarious. This portrait of one comic’s life is funny, hard, and true.”

—Sarah Silverman, comedienne and New York Times bestselling author of The Bedwetter

“I’ve often wondered what it was that made Greg Fitzsimmons so funny. And so filled with non-specific rage. Now I know, and you can, too.”

—Andy Richter, National Treasure

“Greg Fitzsimmons thinks he’s one of the greatest comedic minds of our generation; and in the case of this book, he’s right.”

—Adam Carolla, comedian

“Greg Fitzsimmons is as funny as he is f*%ed up. And he is VERY f*%ed up.”

—Jimmy Kimmel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

With a lethal (and improbably likeable) mix of wit and sarcasm Greg Fitzsimmons has achieved success as a stand-up, Emmy Award winning writer/producer and Radio/TV host.  A regular with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jay Leno, Greg has made more than fifty visits to “The Howard Stern Show” and hosts his own weekly radio show on Sirius XM’s "Howard 101.” His bi-weekly podcast "FITZDOGRADIO" is one of the most downloaded on iTunes.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439182698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439182697
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W. Boyd on January 19, 2011
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I am new to the world of Greg Fitzsimmons having learned of him from listening to Adam Corolla's podcast and then discovering Greg's this past Fall. I read "Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons" on a recent vacation and found the book surprisingly engaging and moving. Greg is a proud Irishman, as am I, and he is also about my age, so I was eager to hear what his experience in life had been like so far. My mom always told me that as an Irish person I would never be happy. I find her words haunt me and I wonder if other Irish people suffer from this same inability to truly be happy. Greg seems like he struggled a lot to find his present happiness and it was a joy to watch him mature from an overly cocky but insecure young man into a man who gave up drinking and drugs because he wanted to be in charge of himself and the best he could be as a comedian. The book is also a bit of a love letter to his famous, deceased father who loomed large in Greg's young life and could never quite control his own demons. A good read.
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By Dave on November 7, 2010
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I know this book does not come out officially until Tuesday, however I received my copy from amazon on Saturday. I was not planning on reading it until after December 11th, which is when I am taking the LSAT. However, when I received the book in the mail I started reading it, just to get a glimpse of what I should expect. Once I started, however, I could not stop. I read the book straight through. I should be spending every possible minute studying for the LSAT, but "Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons" was simply too good to put down. The premise of the book is great, and Greg's life story is fascinating. I swear I am not exaggerating by saying that "Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons" is now my favorite book, and unlike Adam Carolla (I started listening to Greg's podcast after hearing him on Carolla's podcast), I am an avid reader. Thank you amazon for shipping me "Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons" before its official release day (which I'm sure was a mistake)!
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Hilarious. I loved it. It's a great book because it is real. Real stories that are real funny. What a better way to feel better about yourself and your failings than to make fun of some one else's problem childhood. This is a way to find out what would have happened if you had made all those decisions that you are glad that you didn't. It's also a way to validate that many of those things that "adults" tell you when you are kid, really have no impact on the person that you end up being as an adult. It is seriously an enjoyable read. Thanks.
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Comedians can be all over the place when they write books despite the fact writing is essentially what the do for a living. Fortunately, Greg Fitzsimmons delivers with this book filled with anecdotes about his life.

An easy read the kept me interested from cover to cover. I really hope Fitzsimmons finds the opportunity to write another book.
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I too am Irish-American (1st Generation). I recognized some of your early childhood angst and sadness, along with all the funny things. My life,( though I could be your older Sister), had a lot of similar things. However, I have to admit, I did not take the same route as you! ;) My parents gave up SO much, to come over here, due to the tanking economy in Ireland. I am proud of my Irish heritage AND my U.S. Citizenship and think you probably are too. There are a lot of things I do agree with you on, --but equally as many things I did not.
I was a cut-up in classes (Catholic Schools here too) and pretty much immature then (and a nuisance). But, didn't end up getting into anywhere near as much trouble as you (although, my Mom has PLENTY of old report cards that are rather embarrassing to me too!)
My life has been more mundane, but has evolved in a way, I am now very proud of . Like your Dad, my Dad has passed away. I feel like my Dad would be so proud of the person I have evolved into today.
Oh..........and I have to say, when I saw your book had a Foreward by Howard Stern, I almost did not even start the book at all. (Sorry, I agree with your Mom on that one.) Congratulations on your book and hope it does real well.
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A great book about Greg's life! His mom kept all the letters about him as he grew up. He talks about them and his life in a great comedic book. Go see him live and check out his podcast too, fitzdog radio!
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The focus in this book is on Greg Fitzsimmons' family life and the influence of his father and radio host, Bob Fitzsimmons and it is a through-way for all the stories and anecdotes Greg relates. It's a funny and surprisingly touching memoir for such an acerbic, sharp-witted comedian. From the stories Greg relates, his interesting outlook on life seems to stem from his issues with rage and authority figures. And what I found most interesting about this book, was the illustration that class clowns and students who don't take education and their future as seriously as they should, don't always have to change to prosper. They could be lucky enough to find a career or life path that suits their unconventional approach to life and become fine upstanding citizens, even if they behave outrageously. Though I questioned the sanity behind some of the things Greg does in his book, he always comes off as a likable rascal that is is telling you his stories slightly tongue-in-cheek. Just imagine a comedian taking an important gig, with the only criteria being not to say the F-word, and then going up and specifically gearing his set to how he should not be saying the F-word while saying it many times. It's terrible. And delightful. And that probably sums up everything about this book.
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