Book Review

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

If you're a parent, particularly a parent in the thick of the little years, you absolutely must read this book.
Jim Gaffigan had me in stitches as I read about his life as a father of five kids living in Manhattan. Jim is a successful stand-up comedian so obviously funny is his thing; but what I particularly love about his book is that he never complains about his children. Sometimes jokes about children can come across as complaining, or even demeaning. However, throughout Jim's book is obvious that he loves being a father; and he loves being a dad to a large family. But, inevitably, some pretty funny things happen when you have mom, dad and five little personalities in one two bedroom apartment. His candid observations of parenthood are not only hysterical but completely relatable - whether you have one kid or seven you will find yourself nodding along as you shake in laughter. The chapters on McDonalds, the family ski trip, and park outings are worth the price of the book in-and-of themselves

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

My friend Kate turned me onto this book and I'm really glad. What Alice Forgot is a fictional story but it will really leave you thinking - particularly if you're a 30s/40s something wife and mother. The story is about a woman, Alice, who hits her head and loses all her memories from the past ten years. She doesn't recognize or remember her children, finds her husband and home much changes, and has to relearn all her relationships. It's a compelling story about everyday life, the passage of time, and human nature. We are all continually changing and evolving - whether we notice it or not - therefore the person you were ten years ago may not be the person you are today. 

I loved Liane Moriarty's book so much I'm currently reading her other bestseller "The Husband's Secret." I'll let you know how it is!

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