Fatherhood

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From one of America's most beloved funnymen comes a hilarious look at the lighter side of fatherhood.

So, what is fatherhood...?

It's pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.

It's helping your children learn English as a ...

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Overview

From one of America's most beloved funnymen comes a hilarious look at the lighter side of fatherhood.

So, what is fatherhood...?

It's pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.

It's helping your children learn English as a second language.

It's asking your son to make up a name rather than tell anyone who he is.

It's knowing that "Everything's okay, Dad!" means "I haven't killed anyone!"

It's the book every father will love.

It's Bill Cosby at his wittiest, wisest, and warmest.

"Bill Cosby makes fatherhood come alive. He takes us on a comedic yet insightful journey through the awesome shifting sands of parenthood. Though this volume is titled Fatherhood, its effect will be to strengthen the entire family." —from the afterword by Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this bestseller, the star of the top-rated TV series regales and comforts parents with refreshing, marvelously ludicrous tales about his life as the father of five. PW praised the appraoch, stating that ``although Cosby mostly restates material that appears in many other books about family life, past and present, his is a winner.'' (May)
Library Journal
From a father's perspective and with his unique sense of humor, Cosby discusses the decision to have a child, the changes the child brings about, and the issues of discipline and independence. By making parents laugh at the pitfalls of parenthood, he shows them in his fresh and funny way that even at their moments of greatest frustration they are not alone. Harvard psychiatrist Poussaint's introduction and lengthy afterword, in which he discusses the changing role of the modern father, add greatly to the book's value as a parenting guide. Recommended for public libraries. Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425097724
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1987
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 104,159
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.21 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby is an author, actor, writer, and one of the most recognizable names in the field of entertainment.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Is Three a Crowd? 13
Chapter 2 With Bouquets and Back Rubs 25
Chapter 3 These Beggars Are Choosers 35
Chapter 4 Are They Evolution's Missing Link? 45
Chapter 5 A Guru Would Give Up Too 55
Chapter 6 She's Got the Whole World in Her Glands 67
Chapter 7 The Fourth R Is Ridiculousness 79
Chapter 8 Speak Loudly and Carry a Small Stick 89
Chapter 9 Drowning in Old Spice 99
Chapter 10 Your Crap or Mine? 109
Chapter 11 Unsafe at Any Speed 121
Chapter 12 The Attention Span of a Flea 133
Chapter 13 Ivy-Covered Debt 147
Chapter 14 Full-Time Job 155
Afterword 161
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  • Posted December 1, 2012

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    This is a wonderful book, and just as relevant today as it was w

    This is a wonderful book, and just as relevant today as it was when first published over 25 years ago. The only thing that kept this from being a 5-star review was the forward and afterword by Alvin Poussaint. What Dr. Cosby wrote is not just quotable and funny, but uproariously hilarious and something I can see in myself as I spend time with my daughter. What Dr. Poussaint wrote came across as much too academic and a little bit preachy.

    As I read this I kept imagining what my parents may have thought of me as I was growing up, as well as my own experiences with being a father. There was certainly a transition from what the expected role of fathers were from when my dad was growing up in the '50's and 60's to the way I am approaching the role with my daughter. My dad was approachable, but his job kept him away from home a lot. I did get to occasionally go to work with him during summers. But most nights he worked until late and would be gone by six or seven the next morning so I didn't get to spend as much time with him as I would have liked. Today, I spend every day with my daughter until my wife comes home and I go to work in the evening. The attitudes have changed so much that this isn't even considered unusual anymore. I think I now need to find a copy of Erma Bombecks' Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    This has become my babyshower gift must have.

    Inspiring, entertaining and great for gift giving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2004

    Bill Cosby: You've got to love him!

    This book has been around for quite awhile, but if you like Bill Cosby's special brand of humor, check out this fun book for yourself or perhaps as a gift for a special dad. If you tend to take reading material with you, however, be forewarned that this one has the ability to make you laugh out loud when you least expect it. So I don't recommend curling up with it unless you have a bit of leeway to enjoy yourself in the process!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2004

    same old stuff from Cosby

    I really like some of Cosby's humor. But this book lacks. I was hoping for some humorous insights, but got nothing but the same old Cosby routines. Sure, it has its moments. But the Cos trys too hard in this book and falls short. Not helpful in the least. Much better fatherhood titles are Babyhood by Paul Riser and Dada by Michael Crider

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    Posted November 27, 2009

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