Wednesday, January 8, 2014

(4)Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Dad is Fat 

Pages: 288
Publication Date: May 7, 2013


Many of you may know Jim Gaffigan as the "hot pockets" guy.   Just reading that phrase my mind automatically sings it in that way that he does.   In case you don't recognize Jim Gaffigan from his "hot pockets" bit, he is a stand-up comedian that you may notice from his acting roles.  Either way, Gaffigan is a funny dude.


In his new book, Dad is Fat, Jim Gaffigan regales us with tales about life in New York City with five kids and a fifth floor walk-up.  Listening to the audiobook version of the book allowed me to close my eyes and pretend I was at 

one of those stand-up shows.  He talks a little bit about his own childhood as part of a large family and the early days of his marriage, before the children started to show up.   Gaffigan talks about the birth of his first child to the birth of his last child.  He covers other fun topics such as the logistics of having a large family in New York City, travelling with a large family, birthday parties and so much more.  One of my favorite stories was about the trip he and his family took to Salt Lake City.  Well, technically Park City. And all the fun that comes with having so many little kids while on the slopes. And then there was the moment that his wife did not come down the slopes with the rest of them.   I was laughing so hard I had to get off the treadmill.


Bottom line, Dad Is Fat is one of those books that anyone will enjoy.  As a "commoner" you will likely enjoy discovering that this particular celebrity has to deal with the same parenting issues as you or I.  And you will laugh profusely in the process.

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