Dad Is Fat

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In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills (“they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news”), to the eating habits of four year olds (“there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on ...

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Overview

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills (“they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news”), to the eating habits of four year olds (“there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor”). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby’s Fatherhood, Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

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Stand-up maestro Jim Gaffigan has three successful Comedy Central specials under his belt, but he admits that the real challenge of his life has been being a father. To compound matters, he has not one, but five little ones scampering around his household. (He claims that his wife becomes pregnant whenever she sees a baby.) In his first book, he writes about his experiences communing with toddlers and how bedtime is infinitely more complicated than you imagine. (P.S. Gaffigan is infinitely popular. He has more than 1.1 million Twitter followers and has appeared on major talk shows dozens of time.)

Publishers Weekly
Clean-mouthed comedian Gaffigan—best known for his riffs on Hot Pockets, McDonald's, and bacon—lived by himself for more than 13 years before getting married and fathering five children who now reside with him and his wife, Jeannie, in a two-bedroom New York City apartment. What began as a series of tweets about the everyday chaos of this self-professed loner's life has now become Gaffigan's hilarious first book. In 60 short chapters that read like stand-up bits, the comedian shares his insights on being the youngest of six kids in a Catholic family and explains why adults are really just "giant toddlers." He covers everything actual toddlers love, from candy to cousins, mocks preschool and nut allergies in three swift paragraphs, and explains why he and Jeannie opted for five home births as well as how they are raising so many kids in a such a tiny living space. Occasionally, Gaffigan feels the need to explain his jokes, but he needn't worry, as this laugh-out-loud collection also is one of the most honest and endearing portrayals of fatherhood penned by a contemporary comedian. The inclusion of dozens of photographs featuring Gaffigan's adorable family furthers the personal touch. 50 b&w photos. (May)
Library Journal
Stand-up comedian Gaffigan’s first book covers similar ground as his 2012 self-released Mr. Universe special (also a Grammy-nominated album), but his expanded reflections on fatherhood read more heartfelt than hilarious. He still makes the most of his experiences raising five kids in a two-bedroom, five-story Bowery walk-up, as well as the dichotomy of being driven crazy by his kids while hating to be away from them. In a series of vignettes, Gaffigan reflects on the similarity between bars and nursery school, evaluates children’s literature (including bonding with The Giving Tree), and explains the horrific reality of a Disney vacation, all the while sanctifying his wife and playing up his ineptitude.

Verdict Gaffigan joins the ranks of Bill Cosby and Paul Reiser with this comedic approach to parenthood. A quick read parents will appreciate. Recommended.—Terry Bosky, Madison, WI
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Reviews
Comedian Gaffigan delivers zany stories from the front lines of urban parenting. Living in a two-bedroom New York City apartment with five kids and an amazingly "fertile" wife, frumpy funnyman Gaffigan may have found, in a sense, the perfect domestic situation for a comedian trolling for new material. His chaotic family life serves as the basis for this nonfiction debut, and readers can assume that he'll reap an endless supply of comedic material from this situation for years to come. Branching out from his usual wheelhouse jokes involving subjects like bacon or McDonald's hamburgers, the author's G-rated sense of humor expands into new parental/responsible adult territory. Topics include his wife's obvious love of pregnancy, the cringe-worthy question of circumcision, the demented universe of children's literature and the challenging adventures of raising kids in the city. He gets much mileage out of the sort of exaggerated mock cruelty that comedian Louis C.K. revels in, only Gaffigan is a bit less mean-spirited. His prose style resembles that of most comedians who write books: The sentences are simple, short and punchy, with much the same rhythms of delivery as their stand-up counterparts. But as the book progresses, the rapid-fire assault of jokes and punch lines can seem strained, and Gaffigan sometimes misses his targets and pulls up lame, much like a heavyweight boxer who comes out of his corner scoring points early but punches himself out halfway through the fight. Later in the book, when he compares a 3-year-old with insomnia to a heroin addict going through withdrawal, you know you're beginning to witness a once-effective formula running itself into the ground. Hardly groundbreaking comedy material, but the book will appeal to Gaffigan's fans. Others can stick to his usually funny Twitter feed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804147996
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 5
  • Sales rank: 162,676
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Gaffigan

JIM GAFFIGAN is a stand-up comedian and actor with numerous film, television, and stage credits. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jeannie, and their five children in a two-bedroom apartment.

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Letter to My Children

Dear Children,

I am your dad. The father of all five of you pale creatures. Given how attractive and fertile your mother is, there may be more of you by the time you read this book. If you are reading this, I am probably dead. I would assume this because I can honestly foresee no other situation where you’d be interested in anything I’ve done. Right now, you are actually more interested in preventing me from doing things like working, sleeping, and smiling. I’m kidding, of course. Kind of. I love you with all of my heart, but you are probably the reason I’m dead.

All right, you didn’t kill me. Your mother did. She kept getting pregnant! I don’t know how. Don’t think about it. It will give you the willies. At one point, I was afraid she got pregnant while she was pregnant. She was so fertile I didn’t even let her hold avocados. Anyway, this is a book all about what I observed being your dad when you were very young and I had some hair back in good old 2013.

So why a book? Well, since you’ve come into my life, you’ve been a constant source of entertainment while simultaneously driving me insane. I felt I had to write down my observations about you in a book. And also for money, so you could eat and continue to break things. By the way, I’m sorry I yelled so much and did that loud clapping thing with my hands. I hated when my dad would do the loud clapping thing with his hands, so every time I do the loud clapping thing, it pains me in many ways. Most of the pain is because that loud clapping thing actually hurts my hands.

You may be wondering how I wrote this book. From a very early age, you all instinctively knew I wasn’t that bright of a guy. Probably from all the times you had to correct me when I couldn’t read all the words in The Cat in the Hat. Hell, I find writing e‑mails a chore. (Thank you, spell-check!) I wrote this book with the help of many people, but mostly your mother. Your mother is not only the only woman I’ve ever loved, but also the funniest person I know. When your mom was not in labor yelling at me, she made me laugh so hard.

Love,

Dad

P.S. How did you get that hula hoop into that restaurant Easter 2011?

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Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword
Letter to My Children
Who’s Who in the Cast
Rue the Day
“Drinking the Kool-Aid”
Family-Friendly
Have Children: The Condition
Anti-Family
I Confess
Happy Days Are Here Again
The Pharaoh and the Slave
Vice President
My Dad, the Professional Wrestler
The Narcissist’s Guide to Babies and Toddlers
When Women Get Lazy
Oh My God, You’re Pregnant?
Witchcraft
Newbornland
Dogfight
Circumcision
The Invasion
Eat the Coleslaw!
Toddlerhood
The Evil Within
Secrets and Lies
A Critical Analysis of Children’s Literature
No Further Questions
Bring in da Noise
The People Who Live Under the Floor
Monsters
Nothing in Common
Hotel New York City
Vamanos
Is It Too Soon to Start Dating Again?
I’ll Be Your Tour Guide
Pale Force
Learnin’ Them
A Self-Portrait
Your Special Day
Losing My Religion
No Such Thing as a Free Babysitter
How to Put Five Kids to Bed in a Two-Bedroom Apartment
Negotiating with Terrorists
My Former Bed
Morning Has Been Broken
Naps Are Payday Loans
Get Married, Have Kids, Get Fat
Hand-in-Mouth Disease
We Need Bread
You Win, McDonald’s
How Sweet It Is
’Tis the Season
My Other Family
Are You Done Yet?
Six Kids, Catholic
The Great White Baby
The Mousetrap
Picture This
Snow Job
On the Road Again
Eskimo Pies
You’re Going to Miss This
Acknowledgments
 

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  • Posted May 15, 2013

    I thought this book was great. Its all about what its like to b

    I thought this book was great. Its all about what its like to be a Father of five, a husband and a comedian. True, some of the material is directly from his stand up shows, but there is enough new material to make this an excellent read. He comes across as thoughtful, funny, inspired, devoted to his family and utterly exhausted. I'm a fan of Jim Gaffigan, if you are too then you'll enjoy this. If you've never heard of him, buy this book; it says it all.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

    I'm not even a parent and I absolutely love this book. You only

    I'm not even a parent and I absolutely love this book. You only really need to have ever been a child with parents, or know a set of parents to truly enjoy this book. I've always loved Gaffigan's humor and it is well portrayed through his writing. It's universal, the essay style lets him cover many topics, yet they all flow very well. If you want a good preview, try the chapter on candy, it's what got me hooked. 

    I heard him speak about the book at Book Expo America and you can tell just how much of him and his wife went into the writing process. It's a book about young families. I'm sure Mr. Gaffigan's children will one day read it and laugh at the memories it portrays. 

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

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    This book is laugh out loud funny. I couldn't put it down. The

    This book is laugh out loud funny. I couldn't put it down. The author is very witty. I really enjoyed this book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

    FUNNIEST read of the year

    I love this book! Very funny, well written and enjoyable until the very end. When is the next one coming out? I need to buy the audio book for my commute to work. I could listen to this over and over. Great job, Jim and Jeannie :-)

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

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    Such a funny book and a must read if you have kids. I couldn't put it down and found myself laughing out loud with every chapter.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    I really enjoyed this, even as a young single person--not just f

    I really enjoyed this, even as a young single person--not just for parents

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    I love Jim Gaffigan, have seen all of his standup specials, all

    I love Jim Gaffigan, have seen all of his standup specials, all three. This book will make you laugh out loud, it is hysterical, 
    and anyone who has kids will relate, a great weekend read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    LOVED IT!! Got this book as a "gag" Father's Day gift

    LOVED IT!! Got this book as a "gag" Father's Day gift for my husband.  It's a fast read (about 2-3 hours), but the chapter length lends itself to reading a bit, putting it down (telling the kids to be quiet, I'm trying to read!), then coming back to it.
    It was totally refreshing and laugh out loud funny to read parenting from a male perspective.  I found myself walking out of the bedroom to read paragraphs to my husband during the hockey game.  
    I found myself nodding my head several times, both in remembering my youth and as a parent of 3 (now teenagers & up).  
    I am purchasing another copy for my mother-in-law's upcoming birthday.  Mother of 7 kids in 6 years (2 sets of twins & Catholic)...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    I Loved this book! I thought it was so funny and relatable.

    I Loved this book! I thought it was so funny and relatable.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

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    I¿ve been struggling with audio books lately. It¿s not the stori

    I’ve been struggling with audio books lately. It’s not the stories I’ve had a problem with, it’s the narrators. The last few audio books I’ve tried to listen to I had to stop without finishing, which is hard for me to do. But the narrations were torture to my ears and I couldn’t take it any more.




    I first saw this audio book reviewed by Sheila @ Book Journey (go check her review out, she has a few quotes from the book and even a video), and immediately put it on hold at the library. I waited for it to come in with mixed feelings. I was pretty sure I’d  be laughing, but could I take listening to hours of him narrating the book?




    Not only is this one of the funniest books I’ve listened to…or read, I had no problem with the narration. His voice was calming and didn’t make me wince once. I even loved his little kid voices!




    Jim Gaffigan is one funny dad, but don’t take my word for it. If you need a good laugh, go get this book. I can’t imagine anyone not loving this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    A fun read for anyone that has experienced parenthood.

    Every chapter makes you chuckle. I enjoy Jim Gaffigan as a comic and his writing style is similar to his stand up style. Many short stories (chapters) that you can put it down and then come back to reading when busy schedules allow. I read it while on vacation. It was funny and enjoyable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Buy it now!

    I lost count how many times I laughed so hard I cried. This is the best $13 I have spent in a long time! A fantastic loveable read. You will not be disappointed.
    Three kids, catholic :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Entrrtaining but not amazing

    A good book and an honest take on parenting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

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    Laugh out loud funny

    I've always been a Jim Gaffigan fan and really enjoyed this book. Some of the material I've heard in his comedy but a lot of it is new. Loved it so much I bought a copy for all my sisters and my mom.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    This book is great!

    This book is great!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    You Must Buy This Book!!!!

    I've always been a fan of Jim Gaffigan's comedy, so my husband got me this book for a mother's day gift--BEST. GIFT. EVER. The book is written as a collection of short essays, most a few pages long, so it's easy to read for a few minutes before bed. As a busy parent, time for free reading is limited so this set-up is nice, although I usually can't put it down! Anyone who has children and a sense of humor has to read this book! I'm currently reading it for the 2nd time and it's just as funny. I've already given this as a gift to my brother and best friend; I won't stop until everyone I know has read it. If you have children and appreciate Jim's stand up act, you will LOVE this!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

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     I am a huge fan of Jim Gaffigan and this book only reinforces w

     I am a huge fan of Jim Gaffigan and this book only reinforces why. A fun filled romp through fatherhood, Gaffigan talks about the ins and outs of being a father living in New York City. I loved the off handed humor but you can also feel the genuine love he has for his children throughout. 
         
    Jim Gaffigan has five children at the publication of this book. He and his wife Jeannie live in a two bedroom apartment in New York, with no car, and FIVE kids. Yep. Its hard for me to get over it but I think it bears repeating. 
         
    Gaffigan talks about the trials of being a parent that are pretty universal. Some of my favorite parts of the book dealt with how annoying other parents are, which I can totally see. I don’t have children myself, but I enjoyed the random stories about how crazy children act and behave in different situations. Trips to the park took on a whole new meaning!
         
     I think all-in-all I enjoyed the book best because I could feel the love for his family as he wrote. Nothing really stood out to me as astounding but I did laugh in different places. I probably wouldn’t have picked up this book if I hadn’t known Gaffigan, but it was a pleasant, quick read that was pretty cute. Great for fans of Gaffigan’s stand up comedy and of course, for parents.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2013

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    This book is such a fantastic blend of Jim Gaffigan's eye-rollin

    This book is such a fantastic blend of Jim Gaffigan's eye-rolling brand of humor, with a deep and heartfelt love for his wife and children. Funny, yet touching.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    He's great

    Oh Jim. I first saw him at Gotham Comedy Club and laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes. A great read if you want some lighthearted insight into parenting. Jim has always been so funny sinply because what he says is so relatable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

    Fun read

    I was already a huge fan of his standup and had great expectations for this book. It was a fun read, however I agree with other reviews that his jokes don't translate as well on the page. I didn't find myself laughing so much as smirking every now and then. I also agree with the overpraising of his wife while belittling himself-noticed his wife edited his work as well, not that it means anything, just funny.

    All in all it's a fun read especially if you're already a fan. Plus there is amusing insight into the life of parenting. Some adorable pictures of his family and to top it off, he blatantly lets us know in the book they're hoping for success so they can finally move out their tiny apartment into a nice house with their many children. I'm happy to support that dream

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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