Don't Make Me Stop This Car! Adventures in Fatherhood

Don't Make Me Stop This Car! Adventures in Fatherhood

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by Al Roker

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In Don't Make Me Stop This Car!, Al Roker takes us home. Here we meet his wife, Deborah, and his daughters, Courtney and Leila. Just like men all over the country, Al is a modern father, and in this book, he takes an affectionate look at the joys and perils of fatherhood. Al provides an unprecedented, intimate look into his experiences with infertility treatments,


In Don't Make Me Stop This Car!, Al Roker takes us home. Here we meet his wife, Deborah, and his daughters, Courtney and Leila. Just like men all over the country, Al is a modern father, and in this book, he takes an affectionate look at the joys and perils of fatherhood. Al provides an unprecedented, intimate look into his experiences with infertility treatments, adoption, and the normal fears and wonders of an expecting parent. As Al manages the needs of his daughters from two marriages and the demands of a high-profile career, he is like millions of others who fantasize about the newest sport utility vehicle, struggle with a GapKids addiction, and bask in the golden moments of first steps and special Father's Day meals. Of course, being a father brings back memories of his own childhood, and Al reminisces about riding his father's bus route in Brooklyn, disobeying his parents' command "Do not let Andrew watch Psycho," and the beginnings of his passion for cartooning. Along the way, Al comes to a deeper understanding of his parents' love for him and a whole new appreciation of them as grandparents.

Heartwarming, honest, and funny, Don't Make Me Stop This Car! is a sneak peek into the heart of the guy in the driver's seat, the modern American dad.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
TV weatherman Roker comes across as affable, humorously self-deprecating and immensely likable in this memoir of parenthood. His voice is warm and affectionate as he describes his two daughters, Courtney and Leila, and his years of talking into the camera give him an ease behind the microphone that makes him sound as if he is chatting personally with the listener. The material itself, however, is uneven. His struggles to become a father--once through infertility treatments, once through adoption--are truly compelling, and his reflections about his own father, a bus driver who raised several foster children in addition to his own, are sweet and poignant. But when Roker talks about his own experiences of being a father, he sounds like every other proud parent in the world. He was thrilled when he witnessed his daughters' first steps; he enjoys buying cute little-girl clothes from Baby Gap. Simultaneous release with the Scribner hardcover (Forecasts, June 19). (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal
Weatherman and commentator Roker engages millions of NBC TV viewers every weekday. He narrates this story of parenting genially, having become a loving father when he and his first wife adopted a baby girl in 1987; in 1998 his second wife, after consulting doctors and a fertility clinic, delivered their daughter. Delicately and emotionally, Roker describes conception and the painful, rewarding birth. His folksy style includes ironic quotes, e.g., "I hate doctors who are always right" and "I'm a couch potato." Roker's message here is to cherish children, who enrich the home, with his professional life incidental. Some of his dislikes are revealed humorously: if you approach him in New York City, where he often walks with or without a daughter, do not joke about weather predictions, baldness, or weight. Let him do that, as he does here. Recommended for popular collections where parents or prospective parents want light listening.--Gordon Blackwell, Eastchester, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Susan Shapiro's easy to be won over by Roker's enthusiasm and self-deprecating sense of humor.
The New York Times Book Review

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An Excerpt from Don't Make Me Stop This Car!

The best reason for buying this book is that I think you'll be able to relate to it. I'm a dad, and if you're a father, we can share our dadhood.

And I have a mother, so if you're a mother, well, maybe you can get some insights as to why your husband is such a bonehead. See, my wife thinks I'm a Grade A bonehead.

Are you a single guy? Reading this book will either scare the bejeebers out of you and make you swear allegiance to your single lifestyle, or it will so enamor you of the kind of life we fathers lead that you will want to make a commitment to the woman you're seeing, get married, and raise a family. Pronto.

Maybe you're a teenager. Here's proof that your father isn't the only clueless geek out there. Or perhaps this book will make your own father look great by comparison.

So you see, there is something for everybody here. Did I mention it makes a fabulous Father's Day/Mother's Day/Christmas/Arbor Day gift?

Seriously, I think we all have something to learn as fathers. I think I've always wanted to be a father. It's what I was born to do. Being the oldest of six kids, I felt like a surrogate dad to my younger siblings. I enjoyed being the father figure. When you're the oldest, you get to perform many of the 'dad' functions without the responsibility.

Ordering your kid brother or sister around is a definite perk. Having them pick up after you, fetch you a cold soda from the fridge, or perform some menial task you didn't want to do was a real plus. In return, you, as the oldest, could impart much in the way of knowledge and insight. "I wouldn't do that if I were you; Mom will go crazy!" Or, "Go ahead, take the cookies, Mom is downstairs doing the laundry. She won't hear you." Advice like that is better than "Dear Abby" or "Hints from Heloise" any day of the week.

In the ensuing pages, you'll find out how I became a father twice. I consider myself a blessed man. Both of my kids are the best a father could hope for. Each is a beautiful, considerate, loving, and funny child. I am amazed at how much better my life is now that I'm a dad.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. I'm bragging about my kids. What parent doesn't? That's why Sony invented the camcorder. They knew that the main reason people would buy these things would be to videotape every move their children make. Technology marches on, creating new and better ways for proud daddies to bore every person who walks into their family room. For my father's generation, it was slides and grainy 8mm movies. For my generation, it's digital snapshots you can e-mail and Hi-8 video.

I guess that's why fatherhood looked so appealing to me. My dad was and continues to be the consummate father. A teacher, a friend, a buddy, and a disciplinarian, he always made time for each of his six children. I think I can honestly say there were no favorites when it came to his kids.

As I got older, I really came to appreciate exactly what he did for us. Why he worked back-to-back shifts as a bus driver. Why he worked odd jobs on the side. Some might say being out of the house was the only way he could get any peace and quiet. I know better. It was because he wanted the best for his children.

Maybe you want to be a dad. Hey, I know what that's like. I've been there. I enjoy being a dad, but it took a while before I was able to be one.

Eventually, I did. I had to travel a couple of different roads to get there, but it was worth the trip. The destination is two wonderful kids who mean the world to me.

I hope you enjoy what I've written and pick up something useful from it. If not, you could always use another book to make your bookcase look balanced. It has a wonderful cover, no?

Copyright (c) 2000 by Al Roker

What People are saying about this

Joyce Brothers
Al Roker shows what a natural state parenting is with on-the-job training each and every day, with each and every child. He hits the touchstone of being a modern parent—the awe you feel as your child grows coupled with how quickly you become your own mom or dad! The scientific term is love. A funny, warm, truthful book that every parent can relate to.
Rosie O'Donnell
With a hail of insights and a gale of laughs, the breezy, warm side of Al Roker shines through on every page. This book has a high probability of being a bestseller, so unless you're in a dense fog, my advisory is: Storm to the register right now.
Whoopi Goldberg
The best thing about reading Al Roker's book is that deep in my soul I know it's all true. How many times I remember so much of what he's talking about. Read this; it's fun, real, and makes you want to shout, Don't Make Me Stop This Car!
Regis Philbin
Yes, I heard my father say this line many times. I was cared then, but Al Roker's book made this trip so much fun I want to read it again and again.
Matt Lauer
Every day, people outside the Today window tell me theat they want to wrap Al Roker up and take him home with them. Now they can! In these pages, Al shares his remarkable wit and insight into everything from parents and pregnancy to dating and driving with the kids. Finally, we have the chance to see what's happening in Al's neck of the woods!

Meet the Author

Al Roker began working at NBC in 1983. He is the author of the bestsellers Al Roker's Big Bad Book of Barbecue and Don't Make Me Stop This Car! He lives in New York City with his wife, ABC news correspondent Deborah Roberts, and their three children. You can reach Al Roker at his website

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Don't Make Me Stop This Car! Adventures in Fatherhood 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
al roker is 100% amazing i have one of his books i gave it to my mom on her b'day
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a world where celebrities are trying to hide their private lives from the public, Al Roker's book gets you up close and personal with his private life. Would I reccomend this book? In a word, YES!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like Al Roker on the Today show and was looking forward to reading a funny book by him. The first half of the book is horrible and not at all funny. The second half picks up slightly. I am sorry that I picked this book up!