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Review: Sh*t My Dad Says

Shit My Dad Says
Shit My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought this book was hilarious – so much of what the writer’s father says reminds me of the dad of a good friend of ours, who used to tell his son and my husband “Stop playing grab-ass and get outside, goddammit!”

Beneath the veneer of sarcasm and poking fun at his dad, Halpern shows a soft spot for his old dad, a doctor who came from an impoverished family and made a better life for his wife and three sons.

I loved the sections with short topic headings and the quotes beneath them. For instance: ON BOB SAGET’S DEMEANOR WHILE HOSTING AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS: “Remember that face. That’s the face of a man who hates himself.”

My favorite was this: ON WHETHER TO VOTE FOR GEORGE W BUSH OR AL GORE: “Gore seems kind of a pompous prick, but every time I see Bush I feel like he’s probably shit his pants in the last year, and it’s something he worries about.”

The book is full of profanity-laced bon mots like this, but the undercurrent of his father’s character and circumstances is great. Near the end of the book, Halpern finds out more about his dad that helps shed light on his personality and shows that he’s more than a hard-edged pop who doesn’t care that the tasty snack he’s been eating turned out to be Snausages dog treats.

Sh*t My Dad Says was one of the most enjoyable books I read all year, right up there with Tina Fey’s “Bossypants.” And that, my friends, is saying something.

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