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Blogging for Books Review: Dad is Fat

Time for a Monday morning book review!  Next up…
Dad is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan
The Amateur Librarian // Dad is Fat Review
I guess comedians writing memoirs are officially a thing now, and here’s another one!  I like Jim Gaffigan, although I can’t say I follow his career religiously or anything like that.  I knew he had kids, but I didn’t know he had five – or that he and his wife and kids all live in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City – Yikes!
Like the other comedians’ memoirs I’ve read (Bossypants by Tina Fey, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling), this book consists of brief essays that don’t really follow a chronological or even thematic pattern.  They’re like two-minute standup bits which are great for a quick laugh but not heavy on depth.  Mostly it’s complaining about his kids, but it’s funny stuff!   I guess he makes one point pretty clearly through his self-depricating humor: if he’s complaining about taking his kids to the park and reading to them every night and traveling across the country in a tour bus, at least the complaints mean he’s actually doing those things!
My one issue is that the essays are pretty one-note: he has a lot of kids.  That’s the punchline every time.  Normally I like parenting books even though I don’t have any children yet, and maybe I’ll agree with every single thing he writes about once I do, but his tone felt a bit alienating at times. Like I just couldn’t possibly understand what it’s like unless I belong to the Parent Club.  All I know for sure is, parenting five kids sounds exhausting!
Perfect vacation read when your attention span is short and you don’t want to read anything heavy. Good stuff, just don’t expect a ton of depth.
***I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.***

4 thoughts on “Blogging for Books Review: Dad is Fat

    1. I know, right?! They choose to stay in New York City for his comedy gigs but can’t afford a bigger place… unless his book becomes a best-seller I guess, ha!


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