I Didn't Ask to Be Born: (But I'm Glad I Was)

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In this hilarious collection of observations, Cosby brings us more of his wonderful and wacky insights into the human condition that are sure to become classics. In the tradition of Fat Albert, I DIDN'T ASK TO BE BORN offers a host of new characters, including Peanut Armhouse and Old Mother Harold. Not since Mushmouth, Dumb Donald, Bucky and the Cosby Kids has there been such a memorable cast.

Over the past century few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of William ...

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Overview

In this hilarious collection of observations, Cosby brings us more of his wonderful and wacky insights into the human condition that are sure to become classics. In the tradition of Fat Albert, I DIDN'T ASK TO BE BORN offers a host of new characters, including Peanut Armhouse and Old Mother Harold. Not since Mushmouth, Dumb Donald, Bucky and the Cosby Kids has there been such a memorable cast.

Over the past century few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of William H. Cosby Jr. His success spans five decades and virtually all media-remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly housing project.

In the tradition of his bestselling books, Fatherhood and Cosbyology, the doctor of comedy holds forth on everything from first love to the Bible. Bill Cosby may not have asked to be born, but we're sure glad he was.

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This is Bill Cosby's first humor book in a decade, but that doesn't mean that this beloved septuagenarian has slipped into obscurity. This talented stand-up comedian, stand-up guy has a 1.5 million Twitter followers and hundreds of thousands of fans on Facebook and Myspace. I Didn't Ask to Be Born manifests Cosby's trademark observational humor, complete with character creations who rival Fat Albert, Mushmouth, and Weird Harold. The funnyman's gentle, grandfatherly persona helps make this long-requested follow-up to Cosbyology a pleasant package of giggles and sighs of agreement. (P.S. George Booth's light-hearted cartoons form the perfect accompaniment to Cosby's friendly wit.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892969227
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Pages: 195
  • Sales rank: 288,968
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Bill Cosby

BILL COSBY is an American entertainer, comedian, actor, producer, author, educator, musician, and activist. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Live To Read

    This novel is hysterical, to sum it up in one word. It will be hard to write a review without giving anything integral to the hilarity of the novel away. The reader gets to see a younger Bill Cosby, who is funny even at a young age. He instills his natural personality into this fairly short nonfiction book.



    Bill Cosby literally anticipates what the other person would say to him, say, in a talk show and manages to provide funny one liners. The first chapter of the book opens with a conversation between him and who he calls the "perfect talk show guest." They go back and forth about a simple, silly topic-a town called North in South Carolina...leading to much confusion. He then moves on to even funnier memories, closing with a story about his grandchildren and the ever elusive Santa Claus. There are little illustrations scattered throughout the book, right where they will be the funniest. This book is recommended to teens/young adults/adults alike.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Very entertaining, and brought back memmories of my own childhood.

    Once again Mr. Cosby shared his humor of the many antics that only children can do through their imagination. Indeed, many memories came to the surface with our mothers calling us, making horses out of brooms, and other ways that were playful without technology or violence. Just imagain, no iPad, iPod, and no computer or T.V. Just a radio that would create your own vision of the characters telling the stories. How time has flown by, and I wonder if we are better off with all the "things" we have, than a child's imagination. I doubt it! If you question my thinking, ask a "kid" to make a baseball?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Good book

    Awesome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Comedy at its finest.

    I have been a fan of Cosby's since the day's of buck-buck. It is so refreshing to be able to pick up a book listed as comedy and not have to put up with the vulgarity that many comedians today use to get a laugh.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    ~To Below

    I am fairly certain that is a Nook error. I have been having stuff like that pop up everywhere. Bill is more than just educated; it takes a true genius to come up and KEEP coming up with great, intelligent humour.
    And don't you DARE insult America's greatest comedian again.

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

    This was a light, humorous read that was easily finished on a cr

    This was a light, humorous read that was easily finished on a cross-country flight. HOWEVER, grammatical errors in professionally published material drive me crazy! THE WORD "IT'S" IS A CONTRACTION FOR "IT IS!" THE POSSESSIVE FORM OF THE WORD "IT" IS "ITS" - NO APOSTROPHE! Bill, you are an educated man. You should know this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have read most of Cosby's books but this one was a waste of time and money

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

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    Who Me? Miss this? Why? Optimistic Extraordinary!

    Bill Cosby’s “I Didn’t Ask to Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was)” is life as everyone experiences it but few take time to note it. How we perceive our circumstances has value as a learning tool if we are able to find humor in some of the things that are ‘hard pills to take’ when originally experienced.

    This book is something that makes you laugh out loud because only you can know what you are laughing about. Cosby gives us circumstances that make us remember our own characters, situations, and events while imputing humor in what may have been a serious, sobering thing when first experienced. This is an idea compendium to read while on a flight, on a bus, waiting in line or anywhere where the passage of time is moot but necessary as it is guaranteed to deliver you to your destination in good spirits and uplifted.

    Reviewed by: Gail

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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