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"[D]elightful... it is lovely, loving and a must read."―Star-Ledger

"A witty memoir."―Parade

"I loved this book. It's no surprise the Geists have such broad appeal. I want them to be my dad and brother."―Jim Gaffigan, author of New York Times bestseller Dad Is Fat

"Bill and Willie are the wittiest duo I know. Their stories are hilarious. Reading this book made me feel like I grew up a Geist!"―Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's Watch What Happens: Live and author of New York Times bestseller Most Talkative --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Bill Geist is the New York Times bestselling author of Little League Confidential, The Big Five-Oh, Fore! Play!, and Way Off the Road. He has been a correspondent for "CBS News Sunday Morning" since he joined CBS News in 1987. He chronicles some of the quirkiest people and places in America for the broadcast and has won two Emmys for his work on the show. To date, one of Bill's greatest achievements is taking third place in the Illinois State Fair Bake Off in 1979. Geist lives in New York City with his wife. They have two children.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Unabridged edition (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478953063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478953067
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,317,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
"Good Talk, Dad" is a very well written book (composed in a inquire-and-respond style, like letters or emails back-and-forth) that covers many topics between father and son Bill and Willie Geist, both TV hosts and best-selling authors. These topics range from summer camp, sex, sports, food, religion, and even (one of my favorite subjects) professional wrestling. I found myself laughing out loud at many of the funny details of their family stories. As both a father and son these stories really struck a chord in me. It made me think of my own father, who lives quite far from me now.

But, like life, it's not all laughs and fun. The book does get serious and quite poignant when Bill (the father) reveals he has Parkinson's. His tales about Vietnam were quite sobering as well, but effectively balanced out the lighter stories from Willie. Even if you haven't seen either of the Geists on TV, this is a great book to buy for your Dad for Father's Day. One small warning: there are a few mild off-color jokes, so be aware.

This book follows in the footsteps of one of my other favorite father-son books, Sh*t My Dad Says. If you haven't read this, it's a riot. A short, quick read, it will have you laughing within minutes.
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Bill Geist has been doing pieces for CBS Sunday Morning for years. He usually profiles interesting (quirky) people and places, and his sense of humor makes me smile. His son Willie Geist is currently one of the co-hosts on the third hour of the Today Show, and is featured on MSNBC's Morning Joe. He clearly inherited his father's sense of humor.

Just in time for Father's Day, they have written a book that I dare say most of us can relate to: Good Talk Dad: The Birds and The Bees...And Other Conversations We Forgot To Have, which pokes fun at the fact that Bill never gave Willie 'the sex talk'. Come to think of it, they never had deep conversations about other important things either. Sound familiar?

Early on, Willie describes embarrassingly being baptized as a 19 year-old in a church service, along with several babies sleeping peacefully in their mother's arms. He asks:
"Couldn't they have done this in a private ceremony before the service, as they do with the technical awards at the Oscars? In a ceremony earlier today, nineteen-year-old Willie Geist was given the sacrament of baptism."
If that made you giggle, you'll love this book as much as I did. Bill and Willie alternate telling stories from their lives, some of which differed depending on whom was telling it.

Bill and his wife Jody decided to send Willie to summer camp. But not to the camp that all Willie's friends were going to; Willie went to Camp Carson, "where convicted nonviolent offenders were sent to serve out their sentences", unbeknownst to Bill and Jody. That wasn't in the brochure. The campers had to decide whether they were safer backing the Latin Kings or the Spanish Gangster Disciples, who, at night, slashed each other car tires as a "prank".
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It's an okay book, but tedious to read. It goes back and forth from father to son. It is confusing at times. I love Willie, but the writing leaves much to be desired. I wouldn't have missed anything by not reading it.
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Laughter, smiles interspersed with a few tears make this a delightful read. It's about love; In an era where it seems parents and/or children, with the help of rehabs for everything,and psychiatric remedies for any left-overs, here is a book demonstrating that love and understanding and, at times, hands off parenting result in a "kid" allowed to make mistakes (as are parents). I read this book in one sitting and have recommended it to everyone I know. Willie knew his parents loved him unconditionally. I confess that I have watched and enjoyed them both on TV. I know them better now and it is my great pleasure to introduce them to you.. You'll quickly become best friends. Happy Reading!
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This is supposed to be a back-and-forth between a father and son, and covers some very mature topics. It is written in the ironic joking style that Bill Geist is known for, and for some of the book that works. But there are sections where it seems inappropriate. Underage teen drinking, in particular, is nothing to joke about without a strong anti-drinking message. Here they treat it like a right and both act like it's no big deal. The dad not only thinks it's okay, but he allowed it openly in his home and doesn't take the topic seriously. The sex talk section is also played too much for humor. The latter parts of the book are the best, once Willie is grown and gets a job and has kids. But even then Bill brags about a loose parenting style and it sounds like Willie's mom is the reason the kids turned out well.

Overall I wouldn't really recommend this until you are very progressive or take everything they say as a joke. If some of what they've written is taken seriously, it's a sad commentary on modern parenting. While I love both of these guys on the air, it's disappointing to read of their lack of moral stances when it comes to the family.
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