Familyhood

Familyhood For the longest time based on no evidence other than our own insecurity and sense of incompetence my wife and I were convinced that we were the flat out no question about it least skilled parents

  • Title: Familyhood
  • Author: Paul Reiser
  • ISBN: 9781401324322
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For the longest time, based on no evidence other than our own insecurity and sense of incompetence, my wife and I were convinced that we were the flat out, no question about it, least skilled parents in the country Further, we were convinced that every other set of parents we knew was perfect They were thorough in going over their kids homework, they set betterFor the longest time, based on no evidence other than our own insecurity and sense of incompetence, my wife and I were convinced that we were the flat out, no question about it, least skilled parents in the country Further, we were convinced that every other set of parents we knew was perfect They were thorough in going over their kids homework, they set better boundaries than we do, didn t let their kids watch as many hours of TV as we do, raised kids who are unfailingly polite in public and have a far greater sense of community and public service than our underachieving offspring over there on the couch watching SpongeBob We were certain everybody else s kids willingly and joyfully eat nothing but healthy foods, shunning all candy and candy based products, they all sensibly and automatically put on weather appropriate clothing, and voluntarily call their grandparents with clockwork regularity, giving fully detailed accounts of their numerous accomplishments, ending with testimonials to their wonderful and perfect parents.Turns out not so much At all.In the number one New York Times bestseller Couplehood, Paul Reiser wrote about the highs and lows of falling in love and getting married and the heartbreak and hilarity that comes with it In Babyhood, he turned his sharply observant eye to the experiences of having a brand new family And now in Familyhood, Reiser shares his observations on parenting, marriage, and mid life with the wit, warmth, and humor that he s so well known for.From the first experience of sending his two boys off to summer camp the early feelings of gleeful freedom in an empty house, to realizing how empty the house actually was to maneuvering the minefield of bad words learned at school, this hilarious new book captures the spirit of familyhood, the logical next frontier for Reiser s trademark perspective on the universal truths of life, love, and relationships.

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    1. Highly recommend! Not only was it very funny, it was also very sweet and tender. Makes me want to re-read his other two books and watch reruns of "Mad About You."

    2. If you had asked me last year if I would have ever read a Paul Reiser book, I would not have believed you if you told me I would. And that I would really enjoy it. And want to share it. A light read in duration, and a funny read I am taking away a five star review because of the brevity of this read. I really enjoyed it, and would have liked to read more. Paul has a great insight on family and has a really keen eye for observation. Too many times throughout this book I thought to myself "the ver [...]

    3. While "Couplehood" remains my favorite of his books (and really one of my favorite books of all time), this one had some great moments. I laughed; he always makes me laugh. His observations are so honest and authentic that, even if the subject matter isn't something with which you're intimately familiar, it's still such a good read. My favorite sections were "Castle Walls," " Emotional Baggage vs Luggage," and "Currency," followed closely by "The Car Door Ding," and "Congratulations." I haveno d [...]

    4. Clearly I loved this book, I gave it five stars. I don't clearly remember Reiser's first two books, only that I loved them, which with my terrible memory is says a lot. They were, if not the very first, very close to the first two audiobooks I ever listened to. And he started me out right! If you haven't read them, give them a try. And then read this. Or read this first, either way. The guy has that thing that great comedians have to have where he notices the small details about daily life that [...]

    5. If you are not a parent, you will probably not get much out of this bookPublished in 2011Familyhood is Paul Reiser's follow-up to 1994's Couplehood, and 1997's Babyhood. Reiser is best-known for his television show Mad About You.If you have children you will certainly understand the big gap between the publication of Babyhood and Familyhood - life with children consumes your time. And, Paul is more than just happy about that fact, he is thrilled with it. When he wrote this book he his two sons w [...]

    6. There is a sense of closure reading this book. Mostly if you have read his other ones: couplehood/babyhood. Now that I have read familyhood, I now know what it means to have a family and the importance of keeping that family alive and supportive. Paul Reiser wrote about the highs and lows of falling in love and getting married — and the heartbreak and hilarity that comes with it. In Babyhood, he turned his sharply observant eye to the experiences of having a brand-new family. And now in Family [...]

    7. There is a sense of closure reading this book. Mostly if you have read his other ones: couplehood/babyhood. Now that I have read familyhood, I now know what it means to have a family and the importance of keeping that family alive and supportive. Paul Reiser wrote about the highs and lows of falling in love and getting married — and the heartbreak and hilarity that comes with it. In Babyhood, he turned his sharply observant eye to the experiences of having a brand-new family. And now in Family [...]

    8. A wonderful follow-up to his very funny book, "Babyhood." I found myself having a kinship with Paul after reading his "baby" book through for the second time. "Familyhood" now takes us through memories of his two kids growing up, and to be fair, Paul and his bride. Although funny, this book has a bit more of a serious tone to it. I never knew, until reading this book, that one of Paul's children has a physical disability (one that has definitely not stopped his son), but I am sure has brought a [...]

    9. A laugh out loud funny reflection on uncovering the realities of parenthood. Paul Reiser's distinct comic voice and impecable timing come through flawlessly, which is often not the case in comic-turned-author scenarios. Reiser observes the great truths of parenting through the wry lens of a laser sharp eye and presents them with all of the hilarity one could expect. Although I stumbled across this book on a discount shelf and picked it up as a small gift for my husband, I will be making it a poi [...]

    10. Paul seems like your everyday dad. It was refreshing reading how he didn't have all the answers for his kids--"You're the captain. And the crew is looking a little nauseous." His confessions were genuine: his love for his children as well as his excitement when they were out of the house, his gossiping about other people's kids. It was fun reading typical fears such as having your luggage at the airport busted open for everyone to see. His concern for his children being accepted by others was he [...]

    11. First of all, I'm pretty excited that I have my own computer back, now that Kristin finally has her own. This means that I have a keyboard that's all Mine to review with! OK, for the bookI never really was a fan of Paul Reiser, I watched Mad about You and I liked it, but I thought he could be kind of whiny. This book kind of turned it around for me. He has a couple kids, and one is special needs. The way he describes what family is like makes me so excited to start a family someday. He is very d [...]

    12. One of the things I like and particularly respect about Paul Reiser, as a comedian, is that he's not all about the punch line. He tells you a story richer than any single laff-line, and you're more for having heard the story. He tells a not-particularly funny story about being on the baseball team and about how first, you have to fit in, and then you can stand out. I feel like he's articulated something meaningful there that I'll be thinking through for a long time. I love how he loves his famil [...]

    13. I love Paul Reiser's first two books (Couplehood and Babyhood) so I was excited to discover that this one exists. And while I didn't find it as funny as the first two, and while the writing (as usual) is competent but not brilliant, the thing is, I just love Paul Reiser.He writes parenting and family life as I experience them: not as unmitigated bliss, but as heartfelt joy despite the complications. Even when he talks about more difficult topics like his son's disabilities or his other son's hab [...]

    14. 3.5 stars. Paul Reiser was one of my favorite actors for years- his show, Mad About You is one of my all-time favorites, and I think I've seen every episode at least twice, many of them multiple times. Reading his book reinforced my love of Reiser, as he writes in a very conversational style, making his reader think that he's just talking to them, friend to friend, parent to parent. He doesn't dole out advice so much as just telling his stories and experiences with his own family, which seems li [...]

    15. I mainly read this book because I'd enjoyed his two previous books so much (when they were written ten+ years ago), but this one didn't live up to my experience of the other two. I chuckled many times, but I never actually laughed the way I did when reading the others. This could be because I don't have kids, or because we've grown apart as entertainer/entertainee and his sense of humor doesn't match up with mine so much anymore. But if you're a fan of Paul Reiser, I still think it's worth a rea [...]

    16. I read Couplehood so many times in college and found it laugh-out-loud funny (as my roommate Debbie would attest!), but Babyhood and Familyhood weren't quite as funny. There were many touching stories and some funny stories, but when I went into it expecting it to be as funny, it was a bit disappointing.

    17. I listened to this book on audiotape read by Paul Reiser (if you haven't listened to an autobiography/memoir read by the author, I highly recommend it). I found this very, very enjoyable and have always like Paul's take on things. He told funny, realistic, poignant, relatable stories about the joys and challenges of being in a family.

    18. This is probably more like a 3.5. Reiser is a very good humor writer in my opinion and you can really hear his voice as you read it. I think the first half of the book is very funny and then it gets a little sappy (but heartfelt) in the 2nd half. I remember the other two being funnier. Of course, that doesn't make it a bad book, but it's hard not to hold it up to previous work.

    19. I've been a fan of Paul Reiser since his "My Two Dads" days and through "Mad About You" and his movies in between. I love that he writes like he talks. From talking about kids, to taking pictures of every single thing that happens, to arguing with the GPS lady, his latest book did not disappoint! I laughed out loud more than once.

    20. Fun look at family life through Reiser's eyes. The parts about staying connected (too connected, actually!) through the Internet and being the family photographer are LOL funny. He occasionally gets a little too sentimental for me, but it is the love for his family shining through so it didn't bother me that much.

    21. Although I have wanted to read his books for a long time, this is my first one and I'm glad I chose this one. At this stage in my life, I was able to relate to all his insightfully funny anecdotes about raising children, growing older, a settled life with the spouse, etc. I have always enjoyed his comedy immensely and I'm glad that his talents extend to being a gifted writer as well.

    22. I loved his first two books, Couplehood and Babyhood, and enjoyed this one as well. Familyhood is a bit less funny than his first two books, a bit more philosophical, and more tender and thoughtful. The book is a good reminder about how magical it is to be a parent. I like the fact that he did not mention that his eldest is handicapped until halfway through the book.

    23. Enjoyable, but not nearly as good as Couplehood. Some sort of concluding chapter would have helped. As is, it just abruptly ends making the whole thing feel a little aimless. Still, I like Paul Reiser's schtick so this was a fun read.

    24. He makes me laugh. There is nothing life changing but he gives you a chuckle. He reminds us the human condition is inherently funny. We all love our kids, love our spouses, manage our households, and it is ALL funny.

    25. Loved this book. Paul's never dying love and admiration for his family is refreshing. His sense of humor when talking about everyday family life and problems or situations that occur in everyone's lives is so natural and entertaining.

    26. ok. Going to admit right here that I have had a long-running crush on Paul Reiser. I also wondered if he spoke in real life like he wrote for Mad About You. Still have the crush-and yes, he is the same.

    27. I loved Couplehood when it came out in 7th grade, so when I saw he had a new one, I had to read it. Funny as always, and quite engaging. I rather wonder how his sons view how he wrote them (the eldest a little too sweet, the younger a liar), but it was mostly pretty fun.

    28. (Non-Fiction - Parenting) Reiser's latest proves that he's still hilarious, but he's also allowed himself to show his tender-hearted side in his third book. Reiser is getting to be a softie! I highly recommend it for parents.

    29. i really liked this book for the first 1/2 but then sped through the rest - it got repetitive. also, this book reveals that the baby in 'babyhood' was born significantly premature. not sure if that fact makes me now like babyhood more or less

    30. Fun readFun readThis was a very insightful and humorous book. Paul finds the funny in the mundane things we take for granted and really shows an appreciation for life.

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