Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book: Dad is Fat

One of the free books for blogging groups I have been plundering over the years expanded their offerings. I started with them to get free books with spiritual value, but then they expanded the program to offer free books from their parent company. So, Blogging for Books has more stuff from Random House. As a result, I thought I would branch out and read…a book by a comedian. For fun.

What do you get when you take a comedic routine and put it in print? You get Jim Gafffigan’s Dad is Fat. Actually, you have to add in a few stories and ideas that the typical audience attention span could not hold through, so it’s a bit better than the video of live.

It certainly helps to have heard a bit of Gaffigan and his delivery, because hearing this with the hesitations or filling in the facial expressions improves the funny.

Some folks don’t get it. They may be too serious about parenthood, or too serious about life, and it’s just not funny. Others may be seeking a more cerebral type of humor. This is not that cerebral. It’s just finding the funny in parent life

Well, parent life in New York City. What kind of goober keeps five kids in a five-story walk up? Dude, move to the South, live in the country, and let the kids run wild in the woods. You’ll have plenty of material for the next book that way.

Anyway, the stories are generally family-friendly so there’s nothing to embarrass you if your pastor finds this book on your kitchen table. Nor is there any preachiness, in case your atheist friend comes in right after your pastor.

I like it. It’s funny, short stories, with the connective theme of “This is what I thought about…now.”

Grab a copy and lighten up.

Free book in exchange for the review.

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