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Familyhood

Format:  Hardcover,

236 pages

Publisher: Hyperion Books

Publish Date: May 2011

ISBN-13: 9781401324322

ISBN-10: 1401324320

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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. Furthermore, we were convinced that every other set of parents we knew was perfect. They were more 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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Publisher: Hyperion Books
Publish Date: May 2011
ISBN-13: 9781401324322
ISBN-10: 1401324320
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 236
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 8.75 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Prefacep. ix
Familyp. 1
Roll, Pitch, and Yawp. 9
Like a Half Hourp. 21
Leave a Tender Moment Alonep. 29
The Car Door Dingp. 43
Congratulationsp. 61
What Little I Knowp. 69
It's Not Just Youp. 85
Bad Wordsp. 95
Enoughp. 101
Faithp. 111
Sittingp. 123
The Other Womanp. 131
The Grmilep. 139
Life and Deathp. 151
Castle Wallsp. 163
My Dog's Fatherp. 173
Take My Kid. Please.p. 185
Emotional Baggage Vs. Luggagep. 199
Loyaltyp. 209
Currencyp. 217
The Empty Nestp. 223
Acknowledgmentsp. 235

Book description

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. Furthermore, we were convinced that every other set of parents we knew was perfect. They were more 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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Rated 4 out of 5★ by 1reviewer.
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Very entertaining and funny! This is a very good read. Paul Reisers funny man comes through in his writing.Couplehood and Babyhood, his previous books are great as well, has just been a longtime coming for Familyhood. 07/04/2011
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