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Dad Is Fatby Jim Gaffigan
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Rainn Wilsonand#8217;s memoir about growing up geeky and finally finding his place in comedy, faith, and life.
For nine seasons Rainn Wilson played Dwight Schrute, The Officeand#8217;s resident nemesis/ beet farmer. Viewers grew to love the scheming, socially awkward character, and to love the actor who played him even more. While the show was running, Rainn founded a website and media company, SoulPancake, that challenged users to and#147;chew on lifeand#8217;s big questionsand#8221; and eventually inspired a bestselling book of the same name. He also started a hilarious Twitter feed (sample Tweet: and#147;@Amazon I would like to order my own drone but have it delivered by UPS. Possible?and#8221;) that today has nearly four million followers.
With this book, Rainn is ready to tell his own story, to explain how he developed his unique, off-kilter sense of humor and perspective on life. He chronicles his journey from childhood nerd to bassoon-playing band geek (and#147;the highest rung on the vast, pimply ladder of high school losersand#8221;), his years of mild debauchery as a young actor in New York, his audition for The Office, and the inside scoop on the hit that followed. Finally Rainn discusses his achievement of success and satisfaction, both in his career and spiritually, after re-connecting with the artistic and creative values of the faith he grew up in.
"Clean-mouthed comedian Gaffigan — best known for his riffs on Hot Pockets, McDonald's, and bacon — lived by himself for more than 13 years before getting married and fathering five children who now reside with him and his wife, Jeannie, in a two-bedroom New York City apartment. What began as a series of tweets about the everyday chaos of this self-professed loner's life has now become Gaffigan's hilarious first book. In 60 short chapters that read like stand-up bits, the comedian shares his insights on being the youngest of six kids in a Catholic family and explains why adults are really just 'giant toddlers.' He covers everything actual toddlers love, from candy to cousins, mocks preschool and nut allergies in three swift paragraphs, and explains why he and Jeannie opted for five home births as well as how they are raising so many kids in a such a tiny living space. Occasionally, Gaffigan feels the need to explain his jokes, but he needn't worry, as this laugh-out-loud collection also is one of the most honest and endearing portrayals of fatherhood penned by a contemporary comedian. The inclusion of dozens of photographs featuring Gaffigan's adorable family furthers the personal touch. 50 b&w photos. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
When Pittsburgh Dad debuted on YouTube three years ago, creators Chris Preksta and Curt Wootton little suspected their sitcom would receive more than sixteen million views and turn their blue-collar everyman into a nationally known figure. Illustrated with hilarious black-and-white photos, Pittsburgh Dad shares the best of the best, from rants about swimming pool rules to reflections on coaching little league to curmudgeonly movie reviews. With its heavy dose of nostalgia and pitch-perfect sensibility, Pittsburgh Dad will have readers laughing in recognition, especially those
who love recent blockbusters like Sh*t My Dad Says and Dad Is Fat.
About the Author
JIM GAFFIGAN is a stand-up comedian and actor with numerous film, television, and stage credits. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jeannie, and their five children in a two-bedroom apartment.
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In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills (“they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news”), to the eating habits of four year olds (“there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor”). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby’s Fatherhood, Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.
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