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Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees...and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have

Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees...and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have

by Bill Geist, Willie Geist


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Bill Geist—the beloved, award-winning, long-time special correspondent for "CBS: Sunday Morning," whose debut Little League Confidential was a New York Times bestseller in hardcover and paper—and Willie Geist, the Today Show host, popular member of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," and author of the best-selling American Freak Show—have begun an extended conversation between father and son on areas of mutual interest, agreement, and disagreement.

Told in a unique back-and-forth banter style, the hilarious father-son team will laugh together at the shared journey of their relationship. They'll riff on fatherhood, religion, music, sports, summer camp disasters, driving lessons gone horribly wrong, being on TV, and their wonderfully odd family life. Think Big Russ and Me meets S*** My Dad Says, with humorous observations about professional wrestling as a worldview, raising a kid with television cameras in the kitchen, and anything and everything else that comes to their witty minds.

The Geists decided to write this book so their children and grandchildren would have a record of their unusual father-son relationship. The book is remarkably funny, as well as poignant and sincere, especially in light of Bill's announcement that he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's. With its lighthearted look at the crazy things fathers and sons go through and the unique bond those experiences forge, the book is sure to be a must-have gift for Father's Day.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455547210
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/19/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 509,203
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Bill Geist is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including City Slickers, Little League Confidential, The Big Five-Oh, Fore! Play!, and Way Off the Road. Geist has won numerous Emmys and in 2011 was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the hundreds of "singular, informative, entertaining" pieces he has done since joining CBS in 1987. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service as a combat photographer in Vietnam in 1969. In 2018 he retired from CBS having battled Parkinson's disease for twenty-five years. Geist lives in Riverside, Connecticut, with his wife, Jody. They have two children, Willie and Libby, and four grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Birds and the Bees…of Which We Dared Not Speak 5

Chapter 2 Letters from Gang Camp 21

Chapter 3 The Red Jeep 37

Chapter 4 "Dad, this really sucks" 55

Chapter 5 A Sledgehammer Christmas 71

Chapter 6 Yuletide at Grandpa George's Zoo 77

Chapter 7 Baseball, Fathers, Sons…and All That 87

Chapter 8 A Four-Year-Old, a Football Game & Dora the Explorer 129

Chapter 9 Talking to Teens About Drinking (Once They've Reached Their Thirties) 145

Chapter 10 Our Birthday Party for Elvis 161

Chapter 11 Willie, Uncle Herb & Mick Jagger: A Journey Down the Garden State Parkway 173

Chapter 12 The Talk We Really Never Had: Vietnam 187

Chapter 13 The Family Business: From the Fisher Reporter to 30 Rock 203

Chapter 14 Parkinson's: The Denial Treatment 243

Chapter 15 Bend but Don't Break: The Geist Parenting Style 255

Chapter 16 When Bill Became "Bumpa" 295

Epilogue 303

Acknowledgments 307

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