The All-Important, Well-Fed, Giant White Man

The All-Important, Well-Fed, Giant White Man

by Dan Pearce
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Overview

The All-Important, Well-Fed, Giant White Man by Dan Pearce

It's a different kind of memoir. Hilarious. Troublesome. Risky. Introspective. Revealing. And so wonderfully... human.

Brought to you by the author of the widely-acclaimed Single Dad Laughing blog, The All-Important, Well-Fed, Giant White Man will make you laugh as often as it makes you squirm (in all the right ways) as Dan shares his sidesplitting life stories, moments of incredible stupidity, colossal mistakes, and the awesome (albeit sometimes strange) lessons learned through it all.

This engaging collection of narratives shines a light on some of the most difficult and most liberating dynamics of the human experience. Dan recounts awkward childhood love, getting his bare butt glued to a log in the woods, setting his family's house afire, ungloriously handling his first set of knockers, being ratted-out by his child, moments of douchey self-importance, and many other fantastic stories which will keep you flipping pages with wild abandon.

Odd religious mandates, betrayal, childhood bullying, a struggle to feel loveable, morbid obesity, self-harm, family and societal pressure, relationship struggles, compulsive dishonesty, dealing with infidelity... All of it led, and often in such comical ways, toward getting healthy and eventually accepting and loving himself as the overly ridiculous, always-faulted, usually-laughing, human he is.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156687473
Publisher: Single Dad Laughing, LLC
Publication date: 11/14/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 722,472
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 700,000 daily subscribers as of 2015. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!

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The All-Important, Well-Fed, Giant White Man 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Melody-A More than 1 year ago
Dan Pearce writes with an honesty that makes "The All-Important, Well-Fed, Giant White Man" equal parts confessional and inviting. His funny musings make the reader feel like a good friend playing truth or dare during an epic slumber-party. One can't help but be humbled by the way he owns up to his past mistakes and makes no excuses for his wrongdoings. Pearce will give you the feels, the funnies, and maybe even help you feel a bit braver in your own life. One thing is certain; you won't regret spending a little time with this giant white man and his equally giant heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! It has lot of life lessons that we all can learn from. It kind of flowed funny but it worked in its own unique way!
LizzyLondon More than 1 year ago
First if all, let me say that I read this book right on the heels of reading(or listening to, since Audible is my new best friend) Lena Dunham's NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL. Like Lena, Pearce is unapologetic in his honesty and said all the blunt, ridiculous things we have all thought but felt we were too weird to admit. Turns out, we are all "weird" and we have all said things we are not proud of or been in situations that we regret and wish we could take back. By admitting the less than perfect situations he's been in, whether they were funny, painful, or completely off the wall, Pearce showed us that we just need the bravest weirdo to speak up first so the rest of us don't feel so alone in our weirdness. I loved how each chapter had a moral, or a lesson he learned, at the end of it like a vintage He-Man episode. Regardless of the situation, we can learn something about ourselves: how we treat people, how we treat ourselves, and who we want to be as people. He is raw and honest and gritty and hilarious. He was genuine in his self reflection. Good or bad he was honest. Something else I loved about this book(Let's face it, I loved a LOT about this book, if not everything) was by reading about his experiences and how each one shaped him, it caused me to do my own self reflection and analyze situations in my own life more deeply: what I learned from an embarrassing encounter, how each of my relationships impacted me and what I learned from each person(which is not something I've done before). I have analyzed my own behavior or someone else's but I had never really thought about what I learned from the relationship itself(this odd for me since I was a psych minor in college). I had never thought about learning a lesson from an embarrassing encounter, either with myself or with someone else, only that I was being stupid, but Pearce shows us you can take something away from any situation. A favorite quote from it was, " I learned that we each need to examine everything we have been taught is right or wrong and decide whether we actually believe it's right or wrong , or if someone else's beliefs are dictating our guilt to us." We really simple, yet profound, way of saying don't drink the Kool-Aid if you don't like the flavor. One chapter really kicked me in the feels. It wasn't a punch, but a kick. He told the story about when he found out his wife was having an affair. He admitted that it wasn't just her that was at fault, but that he played a part in it, too, and being human and flawed enough to admit it. He cut himself open and displayed his flaws and how he chose to self examine and lay down his pride to do so. This chapter was particularly hard for me because I was in a similar situation(but roles were reversed) so it felt like I was being given a big hug and felt completely understood because he was saying what I'd be thinking and feeling. I have also never laughed so hard in my entire life(not exaggerating) while reading a book. Snorting, chuckling, giggling, all happened in the span of reading this book. I think my favorite funny line was, "...as a fat guy who looked at exercise the same way Bob Ross probably looks at skateboarding...". I won't give specfics on stories because I want whomever decided to read this book to be surprised. Pearce was completely honest and candid and raw and said what he wanted to say regardless of it being popular or normal. I can honestly say I've never read another book like it and if he writes another I wil
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WoW, I rarely give 5 stars to anything because there is always room for improvement right? and although there were little things I didn't care for about the book I had to give it 5 because it surprised me so much I started reading this thinking it was going to be just another memoir (i'm not sure why cause I mean SDL isn't exactly the type) with some funny cause the guy is funny, how wrong I was, it's not JUST a memoir! You will learn things you never would have realised alone, you will evaluate your own experiences and you will want to be a better you! It's like reading someone's diary whilst they theorize with you on how to be better at humaning. You will read this and laugh and be shocked and disgusted and you will giggle and be in awe. An amazing read and heartfelt yet funny story and an awesome human who wrote nay owned up to all that!! I was given a copy of this book before it was announced in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Trisha Crabb More than 1 year ago
This review is based on an ARC received in exchange for an honest unbiased review. I have been a fan and reader of the Single Dad Laughing blog for several years. The All-Important, Well-Fed, Giant White Man is the first memoir styled effort for Mr. Pearce and it is an enjoyable read with a great deal of squishy messy life humor and genuine exploration of our shared search for the best of humaning. It seems to just be a core aspect of humanity to search for the comfort of an authentic self, once the most basic of needs are met a statistically significant portion of humanity starts asking the big questions of life – what does it all mean, how do I know if I am really a good person, what is God/the Divine, what if the Hokey Pokey is what it is all about? The greatest have a way of drawing us into their searches and thoughts on the big questions with colloquialisms (Twain), or absurdity (Sedaris); and then there are those that go right for the good stuff - the everyday mundane depths of potty humor, banana peels, ruined soufflés or embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions. Blogging has supplanted the lifestyle section of the newspaper, instead of waiting for the Saturday weekly commentary from Bombeck or Barry we daily check in on Jenny Lawson or Dan Pearce – and since the Internet is pretty uncensored, there is a humorist out there for pretty much every possible audience. Dan has built his audience through his writing about the foibles of an everyman looking for the trifecta of life, liberty and happiness and he has done so pretty successfully. It takes a sincere dedication to self-promotion to build an audience as a humorist on the Internet and few do it without flameouts along the way. One of the most appealing aspects of being an SDL fan has been the candor with which Dan admits his failings and the general tone of authenticity in the relationship between Dan and his readers. “The All-Important, Well-Fed, Giant White Man” is a collection of essays built to highlight life lessons and examine how we as people learn and change through our experiences and the book flows through highs and lows, tough subjects and lighter moments without every tipping hopelessly into preachiness or whininess; it is a solid first effort for such a collection. The strongest pieces like “Lick It” delve into serious issues like bullying with real and raw emotion and don’t make any attempt to hide from the messiness of human reactions and feelings and don’t fall into schmaltzy homilies. As a reader you feel the truth of the lessons that Dan got from the experience and you get the opportunity to consider how such events might have impacted your own life. The weaker pieces don’t suffer from bad writing, it is more an affliction of sacrificing the truth of an incident for a quick easy ”lesson” where the story itself had so much more depth to explore. I very much enjoyed the read and was struck by the power of writing and experience on several of the pieces and would recommend it and also -friends shouldn’t shoot each other with potatoes.
MamaLuna More than 1 year ago
I have been a long time reader of Dan Pearce's blog, Single Dad Laughing, and an avid fan of his often funny corresponding Facebook page. I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened this book, but it didn't disappoint me at all. This book was funny, heartfelt, and very enjoyable. Behind the safety of a computer screen, we often feel that we know the people we read about, and I found some of that to be true in this case. But Dan's openness about his life, his feelings around his upbringing, parenting, love, and every topic in between left me with a sigh of relief, saying, "Oh thank the Maker, I'm not the only one!" It is easy to pick up and put down, as it is written as a collection of short blog posts or mini-stories, with a smattering of fun photos thrown in as well. The stories are relevant to so many different people for a whole host of different reasons, and what resonates with me the most are the lessons Dan draws from each of his stories. It has really caused me to start re-evaluating some aspects of my life, and how I look at them. The stories are wonderful, and sad, and glorious, and thought provoking. Some made me want to slap him, others made me want to hug him, and let him know that there are others who know exactly what he is trying to convey. Dan has encouraged me to be honest with who I am and who I want to be, and how to connect those dots. Often funny, sometimes poignant, and always relevant, this was an enjoyable memoir to read. This book only received 4 stars, because I don't see myself gushing over this book, but I did enjoy it, and will recommend it to friends and family. I was given a copy of this book prior to it's announcement in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first when i started reading the introduction i felt it repeated itself a lot and was like hmmmm maybe this woukdnt be a good read but as soon as i got to the first chapeter i found myself hooked. I laughed i cried and found im not the only one who goes through these kinds of things. It was a good read. A real page turner. This book is about funny and sad and happy events in this peraons life and the valued lessons learnt. Even if you havent personally experienced the event you may of learnt the lessons in this totally relatable book. I was given a copy of this book before its release in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (cassie)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off, I'd like to say that I was given a copy of this book before it was announced in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. And I only had two days to read it, and honestly didn't think I could, Until I started reading it.... Coming from a Single Mom (not always laughing) I really enjoy the humor and wit of this book, and could relate to to awkward and sad days of childhood, which thoroughly kept me captive..... (ok maybe not the male puberty but hey im a girl) Still it had me laughing out loud.... and then had me wanting to reach out and comfort him, in this book he is soo very open and honest about his life. This truly is a book everyone can relate to on some level. "The All Important, Well-Fed, Giant White Man" will have you laughing .. on the verge of tears.. empathetic , but most of all.. it will leave you wanting more... Great job ! "I was given a copy of this book before it was announced in exchange for an honest and unbiased review."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book prior to its release in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Dan Pearce, the voice behind the blog Single Dad Laughing, has laid bare the horrible, terrible, no good, very bad and sometimes hilarious experiences in his life that created the man he is today. In this collection of stories from childhood to the present, with wise and truthful observations thrown in here and there, Dan has shown us that every experience we have in life can either make us or break us. The lessons we learn, and what we do with that knowledge, are what define us. An enjoyable, startling, embarrassingly funny, stay-up-late-'cause-you-can't put-it-down read, and a good addition to anyone's best bookscollection.