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Not really intended for a child
on September 16, 2010
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. I found his pop culture refereces a bit too heavily based in the '80s and '90s, but that wouldn't cost him a star - no, what kept this book from earning a fawning five star rating was Brian's fanatical insistence that he not use any parentheses in this book. I noted this in a couple of my tweets to Brian, hopefully he be a bit more parenthetical in his next book.
I highly recommend this book, it's a good read and has just the right amount of humor.