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Familyhood by [Reiser, Paul]
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About the Author

As a seasoned actor, writer, and stand-up comedian, Paul Reiser has appeared in many films and television shows, including co-creating and starring in the critically acclaimed NBC series, Mad About You. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Couplehood, and the follow-up, Babyhood. His new show, The Paul Reiser Show, is set to air on NBC in 2011. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two kids.

Product Details

  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (May 10, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XVY4VS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I've been a Paul Reiser fan for years. I giggled my way through "Couplehood" I cried with laughter through "Babyhood" and couldn't wait to get my hands on "Parenthood"
When it finally arrived at my door today I put down what I was currently reading and dug right in. I have to say, I'm not certain my hopes were entirely met. That isn't to say it wasn't good, or funny. It absolutely was. But I think this book was much different from his others...it was less about humor and more about thoughtful story telling. There seemed to be more nostalgia than laughs. Which, as I said, wasn't a bad thing, just not what I had come to expect from Mr. Reiser. This however, shouldn't have been a surprise. It's been a very long time since his last book came out. He's gone from a new parent to being midway into getting his youngest son out of school. I suppose it was time for the nostalgia to come in.
While I didn't find as many gut busting laugh out loud moments in this book, there were some, and what replaced those moments was something just as fine....something you can relate to no matter what stage of life you're in..the only requirement is that, at some point in your life, you've had a family.
The book illustrates the idea we've all held at some point, that familyhood, the process of being a family is a very delicate, complicated and flawed thing. That no matter how much you try to change the things you felt were wrong in your own family growing up, life will absolutely do all it can to thwart your plans and take your plans and throw them out the window, but that's okay too. It gives you the idea that familyhood isn't so much a destination as a journey, as worn as that sounds....that life is for the living, not the planning..and besides, we have no idea where we're going anyway.
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In addition to reading the book ourselves, my husband and I gave this book as a Christmas gift this year to four of our favorite families. I just wanted them to experience it. I wanted to give them that joy. Wonderful book. I have read all Mr. Reiser's books, and they are all laugh loud enough to wake your husband funny, but this one touched me more than the others. This is the one where real life comes in, where the hero and the heroine live real life with all its work and sadness and unexpected challenges. If you've raised kids, you've been there. Mr. Reiser shares his experience and thoughts on those life challenges with his usual self-depreciating hilarity. Once again, I woke my husband with my laughter at bedtime. I couldn't help it. I couldn't put the book down and ended up reading till well past midnight several nights in a row. As I got toward the end however, I would read just two or three pages and then put it down. I don't know if you've ever done that... I do it with books that are so good that I never want them to end. This was one of those books.
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There is a sense of closure reading this book. Mostly if you have read his other ones: couplehood/babyhood. Now that I have read familyhood, I now know what it means to have a family and the importance of keeping that family alive and supportive. Paul Reiser wrote about the highs and lows of falling in love and getting married — and the heartbreak and hilarity that comes with it. In Babyhood, he turned his sharply observant eye to the experiences of having a brand-new family. And now in Familyhood, Reiser shares his observations on parenting, marriage, and mid-life with the wit, warmth, and humor that he’s so well-known for. From the first experience of sending his two boys off to summer camp — the early feelings of gleeful freedom in an empty house, to realizing how empty the house actually was — to maneuvering the minefield of bad words learned at school, this hilarious new book captures the spirit of familyhood, the logical next frontier for Reiser’s trademark perspective on the universal truths of life, love, and relationships.

An amazing actor, he is also an amazing author. He literally gets right down to the nitty gritty of things that make you think what are YOU doing with your life? How is it? Are you making your quota? Are you helping out your family? When I was sitting there reading his book (so while reading his book, I went back and read his other books, just to be on top of things) I was actually revaluating my life! I was thinkng, where has my life gown too, what have I done personally to make my life a living example to my kids (if I ever have any)? He really makes you think about your own life and that what I love about him. His show MAD ABOUT YOU, made me think of my life as well. Good for you Paul Reiser!!
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I am so glad Paul Reiser wrote this book. I have read his "Couplehood" well over 10 times and never tire of it. I have gotten well into this new book and he has captured me once again. I find myself laughing outloud at his unique humor, as well as admiring him for finding the humor in the challenge he was delt.
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Just as funny as Couplehood and Babyhood, Paul Reiser is just a funny guy that makes us laugh, his books while hilarious are full of things that if you think about it are true, and actually do happen. A great light read.
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