My Dad Is A Freak

My Dad Is A Freak

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by Thomas Bell
     
 

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2013 INDIE BOOK AWARDS FINALIST - HUMOR
Not since Bill Cosby's Fatherhood has such an original, brilliant voice captured the chaos, the ecstasy, and the Zeitgeist of the modern dad. A mad mash-up of David Sedaris, P.J. O'Rourke, Dave Barry, and Hunter S. Thompson, Mr. Bell selflessly cracks open his head like a walnut and shines a startling light onto the thinking

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2013 INDIE BOOK AWARDS FINALIST - HUMOR
Not since Bill Cosby's Fatherhood has such an original, brilliant voice captured the chaos, the ecstasy, and the Zeitgeist of the modern dad. A mad mash-up of David Sedaris, P.J. O'Rourke, Dave Barry, and Hunter S. Thompson, Mr. Bell selflessly cracks open his head like a walnut and shines a startling light onto the thinking matter of an older, first-time dad. The silly fears, the poignant observations, and the constant ebb and flow of his manhood make for an irreverent and hilarious first-person examination of all things holy and unholy in the parenthood universe.
Bell is at once acutely hyper-vigilant and maddeningly oblivious to the obligations and rituals that are required of him in his new capacity as husband, role model, playmate, and Bakugan repairman. Although he has had his whole life to prepare for this moment, he didn't. Luckily, the rest of us get front row seats as he starts and stops, stumbles and staggers, and eventually succeeds in reconciling (almost) everything he thought he knew as a single man with the strange new world of dad-hood.
This is a memoir detailing one man's serendipitous journey from bachelorhood to parenthood. After his latest girlfriend becomes his wife, and his wife becomes pregnant, Bell finds himself a first time father at nearly 50 years old. Over the years, he has shown only a passing interest in his nieces and nephews and has never touched someone else's poo. Now, with an eight month-old baby and two toddlers, he wracks his brain for any useful cross-over skills accumulated from a half-century of single life.
"MY DAD IS A FREAK" is the conclusion that each of his children will inevitably arrive at, in their own good time, despite his best efforts.

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Kirkus Reviews
"...a late-blooming dad humorously discusses the angst, joys, and mysteries of fatherhood." "...the author's creative wordplay goes beyond the cute chapter titles. The wit here is found in many observational comparisons..." "The intelligence of the writing suggests that Bell is aware of the uncouthness in focusing on 'subject matter that is nauseatingly droll coming from anyone except yourself." "...the book's...ample wit will find traction with parents..." "...creative and comical."
Midwest Book Review - Midwest Book Review
"Living it up single makes for a fun time, but it doesn't prepare one for fatherhood..." "My Dad Is A Freak' is an enticing and much recommended read..."
NYCDadsGroup.com - Seth Leibowitz
"Bell's sarcastic humor and detailed stories about parent/teacher conferences...are downright hilarious." "This is a great book to pick up this summer and read at the beach..."
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014375054
Publisher:
Thomas Bell
Publication date:
05/22/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
220
File size:
279 KB

Meet the Author

Tom Bell is writer who lives in a suburb of Cleveland with his wife and three kids. He drives the speed limit and pays vigorous attention to expiration dates.

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My Dad Is A Freak 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Paige-Turner0 More than 1 year ago
FUNNY! Loved this book, left me wanting more. I'm sure this is only the beginning of a series of memoir's about this guy's growing family. Very original approach. Two thumbs UP!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be hilarious and well written. This isn't the kind of "yuck yuck" humor that leaves you groaning,but rather a laugh out loud funny interspersed with very touching, insightful moments. This is a really well-written book. The author manages to avoid cliches and provide creative takes on otherwise mundane subject matters. As a creative writing teacher, I will be using this book in my class as an example of how to breathe fresh air into a well-worn genre.