The F Word: How to Survive Your Family

The F Word: How to Survive Your Family

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by Louie Anderson, Carl Kurlander
     
 

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Take it from a man whose family background includes brawls, visits from "aliens," star-billing on FBI wanted posters, and, oh yes, an altercation with the Swedish Mafia -- families can be brutal! But because we all have one, Louie Anderson has written this honest, funny, and brilliant survival manual for anyone who's ever choked on... THE F WORD Long before he became… See more details below

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Take it from a man whose family background includes brawls, visits from "aliens," star-billing on FBI wanted posters, and, oh yes, an altercation with the Swedish Mafia -- families can be brutal! But because we all have one, Louie Anderson has written this honest, funny, and brilliant survival manual for anyone who's ever choked on... THE F WORD Long before he became one of America's favorite comedians, Louie Anderson was one of eleven children in a Minnesota family headed by an alcoholic father who was all for having kids but clueless about supporting them. It was the kind of childhood you have to learn to laugh at to survive, yet it yielded rich dividends: a host of hilarious and heartbreaking stories, as well as 49 Family Survival Tips stamped with true wisdom.

From letting go of the past to learning the right lessons from it, from getting to the bottom of those dear old family myths to avoiding the family role you played when you were six years old, THE F WORD will help you: Talk the talk. Try speaking like a grown-up to your family, even if you're feeling like a child. Know what genes you're wearing. Ask yourself: "Mirror, mirror on the wall, have I become my parents once and for all?" Change the script. Okay, you couldn't stop them from coming to visit. So how about trying something different this time?

Get real. You keep wishing and hoping they're going to change. Funny how they never do... Get into your in-laws. Sometimes a second family can work better than your first. Or not! Realize you're not in TV land anymore. Every family is unique -- so stop comparing yours to the Cleavers. Big-hearted, smart, and always brutally honest -- in the very first chapter Louie describes a low point he almost didn't survive -- THE F WORD is one man's guide to being good to your family by learning how to be good to yourself.

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Publishers Weekly
In the realm of celebrity advice books, comedian and game show host Anderson's follow-up to Dear Dad: Letters from an Adult Child falls squarely in the middle of the scale of originality and usefulness: there's nothing particularly remarkable or cutting-edge about it, but it does offer a few pearls of wisdom on surviving dysfunctional blood relationships. The friendly analysis of family dynamics is too scrambled to be a true how-to volume; instead, it features an assortment of short essays on Anderson's tumultuous family life, interspersed with a collection of some 50 tips on surviving family interactions and pieces from his comedy routines. As Anderson focuses entirely on his own experiences, he ends up attempting to spin very specific elements (such as the impact of his fame and wealth on his 10 siblings) into general principles-somewhat of a difficult task. While he has not written the definitive guide to family harmony, Anderson has created an entertaining and heartfelt portfolio of personal advice that manages to sustain an easy, good humored feel despite its often painful subject matter. (Sept. 10) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780446530170
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
09/10/2002
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.85(d)

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