Don't Make Me Stop This Car! Adventures in Fatherhoodby 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, 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.
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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
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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 www.alroker.com.
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al roker is 100% amazing i have one of his books i gave it to my mom on her b'day
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!
I THOUGHT THIS BOOK WAS GREAT, MY SON WHO IS NOT A FATHER YET, WILL LIKE THESE STORIES. MY SON WENT THROUGH CHILD BIRTH ALRIGHT, WITH HIS PET CHIHUAHUA,LOL. CAN'T WAIT TIL HE HAVE TO GO THROUGH CHILD BIRTH WITH HIS FIRST BABY. HE SAID, THANKS AL FOR ALL THE BASIC WARNING HE MIGHT HAVE TO ENDURE TOO. OH MY! I'LL BE A GRANDMA !!!
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!