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Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid Paperback – October 27, 2009
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The one star reviews annoy me. I like hard rock and to me, those reviews come off as being the same as if I wrote a one star review of the latest blue grass album because it's not what I like. It would be a waste of my time and the reader's time.
In the Prologue, Leary comes out saying that this is a comedy book. It is a parody, satire and poking fun. His exaggerated take on life. That's what all comedians do and Leary does it well. He also points out that there are endless things you can buy in America - but a sense of humor isn't one of them. Well put.
Happily, the book is funny and fun to read.
Sadly, it is a true commentary about our lives.
From CelebuTards to Dr Full to Mr Leary's idea of justice for Michael Vick, the book is astounding in it's genuine insights into WHY WE TRULY SUCK. Mr. Leary is a man with his eyes open and a mind that has not been brainwashed by the spin doctors and Dr Fulls of this world.
If you read one book this year, Why We Suck should be the one.
When first published in November, WHY WE SUCK and its author courted controversy concerning his statements on afflictions like childhood autism, especially when he says: "There is a huge boom in autism right now because inattentive mothers and competitive dads want an explanation for why their dumbass kids can't compete academically so they throw money into the happy laps of shrinks and psychotherapists to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons. I don't give a **** what these crackerjack whackjobs tell you --- your kid is NOT autistic. He's just stupid. Or lazy. Or both."
This hardly seems like the diagnosis of a doctor, but as Leary clearly states in his lengthy prologue, "This is a comedy book. Which means it's meant to be funny. So when I say something in here I am offering up my opinion, my slightly exaggerated take on people, places and things and very often a twisted take on reality. In other words: it is parody, satire and poking fun." So I guess the offended parties skipped right over the prologue to get to the offending chapter.
Leary has been a comedian/actor for over 20 years. He created and stars in the popular F/X series "Rescue Me," which is about to begin its fifth season. But even in his earliest stand-up days, he wasn't a stranger to controversy.Read more ›
But it does so in a nice, mostly entertaining way. It makes us laugh---at ourselves and at others.
And isn't that what the old TV show, "All In The Family" did? Offended nearly everyone and made us find a way to laugh at ourselves? And, doing so, find some measure of common ground?
That's what this book does: Meathead meets Archie Bunker in one long rant, 240 pages worth, guaranteed to make you laugh, make you smile and, a times think, "Oooh, Don't believe I'da said that..."
There's something here for everybody
I seriously believe that doctor leary is on to a good thing with this book, and I do not envy those poor schmucks who are provoked by this book, because they have missed out on most of whats true and real in life.
I belive a lot in this book can be summed up like this:
"Do not make life into something more complicated than it is..."
I need to laugh on a regular basis.
When I saw the segment on MSNBC featuring Mr. Leary (of whom I was familiar, but not an over-zealous fan) selling this book, I thought "Maybe I'll buy it."
I watched the segment some more and this poor journalist lady was ducking her head under the desk because she was laughing so hard at the excerpts she was browsing thru. "I'm definantly getting this book!", I thought. TV journalists don't mess up their makeup on camera for just anything.
So I strolled thru Amazon, found the book and it was here in just a few days.
It's hard to make someone laugh out loud thru print, but Denis Leary does it! It's funny, it's smart and it's THE TRUTH!
Buy this book.
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Denis Leary is a riot! I started reading it while I was waiting for my daughter at a restaurant. I honestly sat there laughing out loud especially since the book started out with... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Linda M. Smith
I enjoyed this book and laughed out loud many times. A good example of Ben Franklin's adage that many a truth is spoken in jest. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Terri
Hilarious...I laughed all the way through it...but you better put on your big girl panties before you read it...Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Despite my loathing for the choice of title, this book is spot-on from start to finish. If you like Leary and have a drop of Irish blood, you will love it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jennifer Lucas