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“Unlike his “Public Viewer” appearances on my television show, Brian Sack’s new book is heartwarming, sincere and exceptionally funny.” (Glenn Beck, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Inconvenient Book )

“A book that covers almost everything that a human being in the modern world needs to know... It’s the kind of advice that, if we’re being honest, we all kinda wish our fathers had bothered to tell us.” (Vanity Fair )

“I like my life wisdom sardonic, salty and refreshingly dry, just the way Brian Sack serves it in his charming and insightful collection of essays.” (Alisa Kwitney, author of The Dominant Blonde and Flirting in Cars )

“Part witty memoir, part common-sense guide and part social commentary, In the Event of My Untimely Demise is an owner’s manual for the late-model human heart.” (David Giffels, author of All the Way Home )

“Brian Sack’s book In the Event of my Untimely Demise had me laughing, crying with laughter, and seriously considering a vasectomy, often in the same paragraph.” (Grant Stoddard, author of Working Stiff )

“Brian Sack’s In The Event of my Untimely Demise is a very funny book--let’s keep him alive so that he may write some more!” (Chris Regan, Emmy Award Winning Writer, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart )

“A strange and hilarious compendium of parenting wisdom for an age when no one knows anything.” (Neal Pollack, author of Alternadad )

“An addictive read. You might come for the laughs, but you stay for the undeniable honesty of it all. In the end, it reminds us all of why it’s so great to be a parent - and that’s worth a lot more than the price of this book.” (Fusion Magazine )

About the Author

Brian Sack offers humorous commentary on the Glenn Beck Show and Not Just Another Cable News Show, as well as on his award-winning blog, banterist.com, and in publications such as McSweeney's, The Independent, and Glamour.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006167172X
  • ASIN: B003JTHVX8
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,838,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
"In the Event of My Untimely Demise: Twenty Things My Son Needs to Know" is a laugh a minute (or second, depending on whether or not you're speed-reading). For anyone who's ever read Mr. Sack's blog, banterist dot com, or seen any of his commentaries on The Glenn Beck Program, you won't be disappointed by his first book. It seems that whatever Brian Sack touches is comedy gold (he even co-produced, of all things, a comedy-documentary, "Johnny Berlin"). I highly recommend this book. It may yet become my third favorite piece of comedic writing behind Steve Martin's shamefully out-of-print "Cruel Shoes, and Woody Allen's "Without Feathers."
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Format: Hardcover
For the past few nights, I've annoyed my husband by busting out laughing while reading this book. Brian is a funny writer with a clever book that's more memoir than advice book, though I will save mine for my boys for when they're old enough to read about Irish pubs and French stalkers.
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... so hard on the subway that people are looking at you. 'Tis true. The even better part of this book, is that it is very very touching. It's so good that I've been reading it aloud to friend who have already bought it.
Bravo!
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If your a father or a parent you will and understand what Brian is talking about, as I read I felt that if I could share my thoughts with my children "In the Event of my Untimely Demise" my own ups and downs would hopefully come across as well.
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THIS BOOK IS NOT PROFOUND, BUT TELLS IN HUMOROUS WAYS WHAT TO ASPIRE TO, AND WHAT ACTIONS AND DECISIONS TO AVOID IF POSSIBLE. THE CHOICE OF WORDS IS GRAND, AND IT IS A LIGHT SUMM,ER READ, OR FOR ANY SEASON.sIMILAR TO CHICKEN SOUP.
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I'm a huge fan of Brian Sack's Banterist website so I pre-ordered this book. What a treat it is! Lots of laugh-out-loud moments, but also some very insightful obervations about today's society and our culture. This book would make a fabulous Baby Shower gift for new moms and dads. Better give it BEFORE the baby arrives while they have time to read it!
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Format: Hardcover
I've been waiting for this book for a while...I'm a big fan of Brian Sack's writing. So I receive notice today that it's available on the virtual shelves (and real ones too). I rush to purchase on Amazon on the first day it's out, and what do I find? None are available used. Yep, it's that good. Enjoy it!
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I've been a fan of Brian's since I first saw him on Glenn Beck's TV show, and I've enjoyed his various 'bits' for a couple years. Having said that, I never really thought about buying the book until Brian started tweeting about how his book was doing compared to "The road to Serfdom" a boring economics tome published some 50 years ago. Any way, I started teasing Brian via Twitter, but he either ignored my tweets or knew better than to engage a stranger. Any way, I felt bad for the teasing, good-natured though it was, and I ordered a copy of his book.

I enjoyed reading it, the humor was appropriate and the occasional insights were well-worded. I won't say I learned a lot from his book ( he and I are about the same age, have roughly the same number of kids), but what I found was that as I read the book it got me to remember things that happened to me as Brian wandered from topic to topic.

I don't believe Brian honestly meant for this book to be handed to child in place of a departed/deceased parent, despite the cheery title that says so. This book provided Brian with a fun vehicle to share some of his insights and observations.

As I read the book I sent Brian one-tweet reactions to each chapter (there are 20 chapters in the hardcover, the paperback edition has one additional chapter- so I sent Brian about 25-30 tweets, a few of which provoked a response from him. I enjoyed this book, I also enjoyed tweeting w/ Brian as I read it, but what I really enjoyed was the memories his stories brought up from my childhood and adolescence.

I gave the book a well-earned four out of five stars.
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