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“Hilarious, sincere, and wrenching.”—GQ
“Equal parts amazing and amusing . . . Fans will eat up the mortifying moments of [Dell’Abate’s] twenty-seven-year ride with the wildly popular and influential Stern show. . . . But it is the stories of extreme family dysfunction that give the book surprising heart.”—NJ.com
“Dell’Abate [has] pulled back the curtain [and his fans] will be pleasantly surprised.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Gary’s chronicle of how he developed the skills to survive a household shaken by both mental illness and the seismic shifts of the sixties, and of how he’s applied those skills to accommodate Howard and the gang, is nothing less than fascinating.”—Dr. Drew Pinsky
“Following the simple plan outlined in this book, I lost fifteen pounds and became a happier wife and better mother.”—Howard Stern
“If you think your family is nuts, wait until you read this story.”—Joan Rivers
About the Author
Gary Dell’Abate is the producer of The Howard Stern Show and co-hosts The Wrap-Up Show on Sirius XM Radio. He and his wife, Mary, have two sons, Jackson and Lucas, and live in Connecticut.
Chad Millman is a vice president at ESPN, where he also serves as editorial director of domestic digital. He is also the author of seven books: The Ones Who Hit the Hardest with Shawn Coyne, a bestseller about the blood feud between the 1970s Steelers and Cowboys; the New York Times–bestselling They Call Me Baba Booey with Gary Dell’Abate; Iceman: My Fighting Life, with Chuck Liddell; and The Odds, about a trio of Vegas bookmakers and bettors. Visit his website at chadmillman.com.
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Gary, for crying out loud, you spent about 10 pages or 3% of the book describing what working with Stern and Company was like. You spent 12 pages describing, in excruciating detail, your part-time job at freakin Record World! 15 pages describing one errant baseball pitch. Don't you realize that people want to read your story Mainly.., because they wish to find out about the ins and outs of the Stern Show. You have worked there for 25 years and we get 10 pages?; at the very end of the book??
I am not asking for dirt, nothing negative, or gossip. Just the nitty gritty stuff of working on the best radio show in history for a quarter of a century. Gary, you have a unique perspective, but almost nothing to say about it. The book has perhaps 80 words total about Howard; about 40 words on Robin; maybe 60 words on Fred. Not one word on Jackie, and just about nothing on anyone else in the Stern Family. The other 95,000 words are about your family mostly.
In the beginning that was fine. When I got to page 200 of the 280 page book I got nervous. Where was the Stern Show? Yes, Gary has little vignettes about the show here and there, but they are mere sideshows to his family drama.
Gary why do you think people are interested in your story and this book? To hear, in heartrending, monumentally depressing, detail about your brother dying of AIDS, your father dying of cancer, and you actually end the book with your poor Mom, addled in a freakin nursing home! You wrote the book to depress everyone that reads it? Each of those three tragedies takes up an entire chapter. Almost all of us have our own family disasters. Do we have to deal with this in a book supposedly about a comedy show? Look at the title you chose for the book Gary. Does that sound like a book about AIDS and cancer?
On the positive side the book is very engagingly written. You get the feeling Gary is talking directly to the reader. Very well done in this regard.
But if you want to get any kind of insight or exposition about Any of the Stern crew, forget it. Gary tells you more about this traffic reporter named Roz than the entire Stern show crowd put together. Arghh! In the end you get the distinct impression that Gary was petrified to say almost anything about anyone he works with.
I pre-ordered this book so I would receive it the first day it was out. Why? To be entertained, by a man I have admired for 2 decades who has a job everyone would covet, working with three entertainment geniuses. (Howard, Robin, Fred). And look what I got. I have never been so disappointed in a book in my 60 years of life.
Gary's personal story, and family saga are compelling, and well-told. But this book gives us almost nothing to learn or ponder about Howard Stern, his show, or his staff, or the creative process we were all so curious to see described in captivating detail.
I want my money back.
Rather than focus on what is arguably the most interesting part of Gary's life (the show), this book touches on his upbringing on Long Island and his relationship with his family. Without spoiling anything, the stories about his mom in particular should have been interesting...but they weren't. Without Howard's color commentary to help Gary's stories along, this book reads like the world's longest run-on sentence. You know when Gary gets going on the show and tells a story without taking a breath? That is essentially what this book is like.
Gary's a nice guy, but his story isn't particularly interesting. I would pass on this and instead pick up another book they've been talking about on the show - "The Battle for Late Night" by Bill Carter.
Didn't expect any criticism of "The King" and sure enough, nothing but fawning over His Majesty.
I don't know who would be the demo for this book. Stern fans already know everything in the book so it'll bore them. Non fans won't be interested in him either.
Sorry, but this book is just a money grab.