Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If there is any advice about this book that I can pass on it is this: GET THE AUDIO BOOK. Listening to Jim's own voice for the whole book was what made listening to it so worth it. I think lots of his humor and tone would be lost or misunderstood in reading it.
Dad Is Fat is a collection of sketches, essays, and rants that make up a hilarious and significant experience that is reminds of fathering itself. Having recently had our first child, this book resonated with me in reflecting on some of the silly things we do as parents, and insane trends that are just stupid in the ever developing western culture that permeates our lives.
Probably my favorite parts of the book include the essays on:
- Comparing babies to dogs is just dumb
- Are you done yet? And the reaction of others to the news your wife is pregnant
- Changing diapers in the middle of the night
- Family reunions
- Dad as vice president
The only reason I didn't give it all 5 stars is that I felt that there was a stretch of the book that Jim's sarcastic humor began to feel a little biting and less fun. I loved the beginning and final caps of the book that felt more direct and real and think a little more of that sprinkled through the book would have been the icing on the cake.
This is an excellent read. It is simple and fun, and one I hope to return to in a few years when I can better relate to the tales of multiple and older children.
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I am a graduate student in Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. I enjoy writing, hiking, and spending time with my family.