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25. why I'm like this : True Stories
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27. The Big Rumpus: A Mother's Tale
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21. The Baby Owner's Maintenance Log: A Record Of Your Model's First Year
by Louis, M.D. Borgenicht, Joe Borgenicht, Lynn Rosen, Paul Keppie, Jude Buffum
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Asin: 1931686254
Catlog: Book (2004-09-30)
Publisher: Quirk Books
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22. Baby Blues: This is Going to be Tougher Than We Thought
by RickKirkman, JerryScott
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Asin: 0809239965
Catlog: Book (1991-04-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 23078
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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"Keep this cartoon book with Dr. Spock and all the other baby-care tomes.... You'll like the whole book." --Booklist

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5-0 out of 5 stars Delicious!, A must have for all parents!
This book chronicles The macphersons first year at raising a family. It is one of many Baby blues collections and provides humourous and touching insights on raising children. From Darryl sticking the daiper shut with Post-it-Notes to to the baby sitter running out of the house screaming that she's going to have her tubes tied, this is the perfect book for those stressfull midnight feedings.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you missed the early ones, get this book!
"Baby Blues : This is Going to be Harder Than We Thought" is the first book of the series and a must for "Baby Blues" fans. You can really see how much this comic strip has evolved, but yet, some things will never change. With great expressions and witty lines, it will have you smirking in no time. I recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have book for all parents and kids!!
I got this book about 3 months ago, and I loved it! It shows you that parenting isn't the most easiest thing in the world. This book has lots of laughs and good times in it. So if you want lots of laughs (100 percent guranteed) then get this wonderful book!

5-0 out of 5 stars True to Life!
I have been a fan of Baby Blues since my daughter was born, eight years ago. I sometimes think that Mr. Kirkman and Mr. Scott hide outside my windows and take notes, because so many of their strips are right on the mark! If you have small children, are thinking about having small children, or just want a good belly laugh, I highly recommend the entire series of Baby Blues collections. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best gift for new parents you'll find...
We received this as a gift from friends when we had our first child, and could not stop laughing as we gained a new appreciation for what it meant to be parents. Whether you're new parents, know someone who is, or have been parents for years and want to remember what it was *really* like, this book needs to be on your list.

We've now given this book as a gift to four other couples who've had babies recently, and all agree that it's their favorite new book on the shelf. It covers everything - changing the first diaper, the first visits from the parents (both sets), sleepless nights, and the joy of teething, to mention a few.

Buy this book. You'll laugh for a long time, and will probably end up sharing it with your other friends fortunate enough to have kids of their own. ... Read more


23. Mothers-In-Law Do Everything Wrong: M.I.L.D.E.W.
by Liz Bluper, Renee Plastique
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Asin: 0740742086
Catlog: Book (2004-04-19)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Sales Rank: 43634
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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Authors Liz Bluper and Renée Plastique have sparked a revolution with their code word:MILDEW (shorthand for Mothers-In-Law Do Everything Wrong).Their playful acronym is becoming a party of today’s lingo as women talk to each other about that all-too-familiar marriage by-product—the mother-in-law.

The authors are helping women "laugh their MILDEW away" by sharing their hilarious strategies, stories and relatable experiences. Women from across the globe are now opening up and sharing their stories, lending support to those also suffering from "MILDEW build-up" and confirming that, indeed, they are not alone.They are discovering that when it comes to MILDEW, laughter really is the best medicine. "M.I.L.D.E.W. is truly therapeutic!" says one reader.

With its broad appeal, M.I.L.D.E.W. is inspiring mothers-in-law, too.By taking their scientifically calibrated quiz, more than one mother-in-law has been surprised at the results and subsequently changed her ways.Bluper and Plastique are hearing reports of reduced marital stress and improved family relations."World peace can’t be far behind!" quips Plastique.

From their all-too-revealing quiz to the laugh-out-loud stories to the "Hey, that really might work" strategies, this book gives new meaning to the word "MILDEW," and will keep you laughing and dying to share it with your friends. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It must be mildew
I disagree with the "downer" reviews. After reading the whole book it seems like those who don't "get it" must be mildew. If you've ever had even a couple of the experiences in the book happen to you or if you answer yes to just a few of the quiz questions, you'll relate and have a really good laugh. And it's a hoot to share with your girlfriends. It got us swapping stories and laughing our heads off.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mothers-In Law Do Everything Wrong* *M.I.L.D.E.W.
JUST READ 'MILDEW', your clever and truly funny book from cover to cover. Congratulations! I laughed myself sick! It's about time that someone gathered stories that many of us have experienced first hand.
What an ideal gift for every bride or bride-to-be.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you watch Everybody Loves Raymond, you must read this
I laugh every week watching Everybody Loves Raymond, but not as much as I did when I read your book! It seems like you know my MILDEW personally. It was truly funny. You've captured the essence of MILDEWs, while maintaining a sense of humor about it. It's good to know that others are suffering thru the same issues that I am...and laughing about it. Thanks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Now I know I'm not alone!
I just re-read your book yet again, right after MILDEW left, and had a good laugh. It's so good to know that I am not alone! Thank you!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Immature
This book was a waste of my time and money. Sight on seen their mothers-in-laws must be funnier than they are, becasue this book is humorless. I can't wait for MOLD (Mothers Of Lousy Daughter-In-Laws). ... Read more


24. Toda Mafalda
by Quino
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Asin: 9505156944
Catlog: Book (2004-06-20)
Publisher: Ediciones de la Flor S.R.L.
Sales Rank: 158461
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Toda, toda, todita Mafalda!
Descubrí a Mafalda hace ya varios años en una feria de libros donde, solo por curiosidad y el bajo precio, compré Mafalda 2,3 y 5. ¡Fue amor a primera leída! Toda mi familia conoció a Mafalda también y entre mi hermana y yo nos referimos a los personajes como personas de la vida real. Aunque Mafalda se publicó en Argentina (y yo vivía en Puerto Rico) y dejó de publicarse años antes de que yo naciera, su relevancia está intacta; es tan cómica y realista como siempre. Mi familia de adictos a Malfalda siguió comprando sus libros, incluyendo Mafalda Inédita, hasta que por fin mi papá resolvió el asunto y compró TODA MAFALDA. Tener a toda, toda, toda Mafalda asegura que en cualquier momento uno puede habrir el pesado libro y sentirse feliz y pensante aunque Mafalda para sus amigos sea a veces negativa y sínica.

Considero a Quino un genio, no solo en lo que escribe sino también en sus dibujos y caricaturas. Si con tener TODA Mafalda no le es suficiente, compre también otros libros de Quino como Gente en su sitio y otros. El talento de Quino es tal que su arte no necesita explicación.

5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable para todo Monero
TODA MAFALDA se divide en 3 secciones: los tomos clasicos de Mafalda, el tomo "Mafalda Inedita" y la seccion "Aun mas inedita" donde aparecen caricaturas de mafalda que no aparecen ni en los tomos ni en el "Inedita."

Aunque el libro incluye una breve biografia de Quino, no incluye la entrevista que se le realizara para el libro "10 años con Mafalda," la cual mostrara las curiosas fotografias de Quino comiendose un plato de la sopa de fideos tan del desagrado de Mafalda.

El libro vale la pena especialmente para los que se dedican a la caricatura o aspiran a esta profesion. Como referencia es un libro autoritativo. Matiene en un solo lugar el equivalente a mas de 10 años de trabajo de Quino. De esta manera es muy sencillo analizar el progreso del trabajo de Quino atravez de los años y la evolucion de su linea, estilo e ideas visuales.

5-0 out of 5 stars Es una maravilla
A mí siempre me ha encantado Mafalda, y ahora a mi hija
de tres años le encanta, a pesar de que no sabe leer!
Este libro es muy bonito y debe de tenerlo si le gusta
Mafalda.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for any collection
I think this book is essential to the home of every single spanish speaking american. Quino was way ahead of his time. Imagine Peanuts with a Doonesbury wrinkle throw in some Far Side and you start to get an idea of what Mafalda was all about. The kick was that it was written in the 60's and 70's. Unfortunately, many of the issues of that day are still far too relevant. For instance, there are many middle east strips that are as relevant today as they were then. This book features every single Mafalda strip and is a bargain at the asking price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lo mejor de lo mejor
ESTE LIBRO VALE LA PENA COMPRARLO LO RECOMIENDO AL 100%. ... Read more


25. why I'm like this : True Stories
by Cynthia Kaplan
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Asin: 006051261X
Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Perennial
Sales Rank: 7013
Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
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Cynthia Kaplan takes us on a hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking journey through her unique, uncensored world -- her bungled romantic encounters and unsung theatrical experiences; her gadget-obsessed father and her mother, who, if you should want to know, is fine; her pill-popping therapist, eccentric grandmothers, and fearless husband, whom she engages in an ongoing battle over which of them is the most popular person in their apartment; and, of course, her vengeful, power-hungry, one-year-old son.

Kaplan's voice is a lot like the one in our heads -- the one that most of us are only willing to listen to late at night . . . maybe while locked in a closet. What a relief it is that someone finally admits that she is afraid of nearly everything; that she is jealous even of people whose lives are on the verge of collapse; and that she has, at times, tried to pass for a gentile.

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5-0 out of 5 stars I read it in 2 nights...
This book was so much fun to read, that I finished it in 2 nights (and I'm not a fast reader). One reason I read it so quickly was because I could relate to almost every story she tells. Another was that it was laugh-out-loud-funny even when the subject matter was sad. I loved that she was honest about herself and the experiences most of us have gone through ourselves, whether it be her painful adolescence, her struggles with infertility, or how her newborn affected her marital relationship. It's not just that it was an extremely well written memoir with descriptions of people and places that took you into her world and held you there until the story was over, but also that it was just so enjoyable to read!

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite book of the year
The review in New York Times Book Review, page 5 (or so) piqued my interest. Got a copy and read an essay or two right away. Read another over a bowl of cheerios before going to bed.

She's just a funny woman who tells a great and warm story. I've read them all now and find myself cracking up during the day, thinking about her stylish grandmother or her liitle penny pooper. I wish I could hear her take on my family.

5-0 out of 5 stars So close to Sedaris
After gobbling up all of David Sedaris's books, I went searching for similar writers. I read David Rakoff (who is good), but then I found this book and Cynthia Kaplan. She is at once hilarious, personal and empowering and I felt an immediate connection with so many of her essays/stories. Her writing style is so extraordinarily personal, you feel as if she is in the room telling you these awesomely funny stories. I wish she had other books out. I couldn't put this one down.

4-0 out of 5 stars odd, but good book
Why I'm Like This by Cynthia Kaplan is a laugh-out-loud and easy read book. Cynthia Kaplan writes a few essays on her life that just put you in a good mood. Kaplan talks about her grandmothers, her gadget obsessed father, her mother, the psychiatrist she sees when her boyfriend dumps her, and of course her wonderful one-year old son. Kaplan's stories are easy to understand and enjoyable because they relate to a human being's day to day life. Kaplan's stories can be uplifting and encouraging, but some can be sad and dull.

One thing I liked in the book was the way Kaplan expressed herself. She didn't hold back on the words she used, and she said just what she wanted. She used eccentric words to explain her stories. She also made jokes to entertain the reader and simply made you laugh at the way she would explain her family members, and the things that would happen to her on a daily basis. Another thing I liked about her stories was that they were encouraging. She made me realize what not to do in my life and what to do.

One thing I didn't like about the book was the fact that at the beginning of every story she had to write a paragraph that didn't really relate to her and confused the reader. I also didn't like the fact that she used big words. Even though the book was an easy read some words were tough. Even though I didn't like one thing about the book this doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend it. Overall the book was amazing. It was a comedy and I want to recommend it to anyone who hasn't yet read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ups and Downs
The author does a great job alternating between the funny and the sad. It's a life story ride that is just wild enough to make you almost forget it's real. The same kind of book as Running With Scissors and My Fractured Life. ... Read more


26. Area Woman Blows Gasket : And Other Tales from the Domestic Frontier
by Patricia Pearson
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Asin: 1582345368
Catlog: Book (2005-04-11)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Sales Rank: 338786
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Area Women Unite!In this sharp and sophisticated collection of essays, columnist Patricia Pearson takes us on a hilarious tour of our twenty-first-century obsessions and distractions.

Patricia Pearson is a working woman, wife, and mother on the verge. Whether it's being humiliated by the "Beauty Bullies" at the Lancome counter or failing to live up to the "Serene Mother" ideal, Pearson has had enough of negotiating our present-day myths and fads. In fact, she's formed a few opinions on the matter and can't wait to share them with you.

In Area Woman Blows Gasket, Pearson plumbs every facet of modern life, marriage, and motherhood, from choosing the right vegan-bran-hemp diet for your family to confronting your husband's irrational fear of mayonnaise to finding a way to return to work and not turn your child into a contract killer. Adult education classes, therapy, $100 haircuts, the latest news on what causes cancer, Christmas shopping-all come into sharp focus with the help of Pearson's comic eye. Her wry brand of wisdom is a refreshing and long-awaited release from our confusing and often contradictory world.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Area Woman Blows Gasket : And Other Tales from the Domestic
Patricia Pearson's outlook on life and daily events are expressed in this series of essays written on such topics as fast food, therapists, haircuts, social dos and don'ts and much much more.Take a look at the lighter, funnier sometimes sad side of life through the eyes and thoughts of Pearson, a columnist and writer for publications across the nation. This satirical look will leave you wanting the next installment from this brilliant author.You will never look at life the same, which may not be a good thing, if you aren't ready for change.A Must Read!!!! **** ... Read more


27. The Big Rumpus: A Mother's Tale from the Trenches
by Ayun Halliday
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Asin: 1580050719
Catlog: Book (2002-02-01)
Publisher: Seal Press (WA)
Sales Rank: 37271
Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
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Of the many stay-at-home mommies who dream of writing the Great AmericanNovel, few actually try; fewer still get published. Though not a novel,The Big Rumpus certainly is the Great American Tale of one woman's schlepthrough early motherhood--honest, hilarious, and irresistibly naughty. AyunHalliday, a highly caffeinated and refreshingly immodest city gal, acknowledgesthat motherhood is pretty much like contending with a cloud of locusts swarmingtoward one's wheat--then laughs her "heiner" off about it.

Under her gifted muse's care, stories about childbirth, holiday acrobatics (sansreligious ties), and raising two kids in a tiny New York apartment read likestandup comedy routines; they also give way to bittersweet reflections on herown youth--goofy boyfriends, repressed sexual behavior, and all. Yes, sheswears; yes, she delves deeply into issues anatomical, gastronomical, anddiaporial. But for hip stay-at-homers who find sustenance in friendships honedat neighborhood playgrounds (not slapped together like cold deli meats at thosecontrived mommy-and-me meetings), Ayun Halliday might just become the patronsaint of blissfully imperfect motherhood. Even mommies who lack Halliday'saffinity for "unhusking" their breasts in public will find moments of empathy inthis mirthful sprint through life as the family "Milk Monkey." --LianeThomas ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Telling it like it is!
Kudos to Ayun Halliday for writing a book 'from the trenches' of motherhood! Our culture is filled with messages about parenting and mothering that are, quite frankly, way off the mark. "The Big Rumpus" is a fun, funny, creative and well written book. Beyond that, its a way for us mothers to unite in our struggle to blast stereotypes and get down to the business of reality. The stories and anecdotes from the book are as funny as they are insightful. They serve to remind us that we don't need to feel isolated as mothers. We all feel frustrated and bored with our jobs as parents at some time or another even though we love our children more than anything! I highly recommend this book to mothers and fathers, and anyone who is thinking of becoming a mother or a father in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars I want more RUMPUS!
Okay, I've read something like 20 books about parenting but I related to none of them. They all embraced scrapbooking, stenciling, etc. and I thought 'Who does this?' Then I read The Big Rumpus, a refreshing look at life from a real mother's perspective. Halliday is an intelligent woman who does endless mom tasks, struggles with philosophies of motherhood, and (YAY) nurses her babes while figuring out how to get around NYC. She says things that I've thought but never dared say - (Sigh) I'm not alone! If you are a mom, want to be a mom, care for children, or want to read about a cool woman's adventures in the big city, read this book. If you nurse, have an intact son, co-sleep, wear your baby, and/or know how to laugh at yourself, buy this book. If you are 30-something and want to remember high school, read this book. If you love or hate the holidays, read this book. Heck, I think anyone will find this book touching, funny and just plain entertaining. Buy this book, you'll be glad you did.

5-0 out of 5 stars What can I add?
Yes, I love this book. Yes, I love this author. For all of the reasons the other 5 Star reviewers gave. Of all the parenting books I read (and you know it's a lot--I'm reviewing on Amazon.com for God's sake), this one felt the most real in a "let out a big sigh and realize I'm normal" sort of way. Thanks, Ayun! BTW: she has a zine which just extends your Big Rumpus pleasure. Look up East Village Inky on your search engine. You'll find her.

5-0 out of 5 stars A needed laugh and perspective
I bought this book 2 weeks after having my third child and it is one of the funniest and most clever books I have read concerning motherhood. Ayun has a way of making you laugh at things that can normally traumatize us Moms, and gives a peek into the bohemian life of a very interesting couple and their children who live in NYC. The Big Rumpus is also appealing in that it is just written well. Not only is it worth the money that you will spend, you will end up buying it for your friends. I loved it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!
Somebody published a book about my fifth wife's overgrown buttocks. Simply amazing and surprisingly good reading. HHD. ... Read more


28. 14 Hours 'Til Bedtime: A Stay-at-home Mom's Life In 27 Funny Little Stories
by Jen Singer
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Asin: 1932279113
Catlog: Book (2004-10-31)
Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
Sales Rank: 35611
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Short, funny, and honest…like your kids.

A breath of fresh air in the parenting world, "14 Hours ‘Til Bedtime" illuminates the pressure cooker lives of America’s young mothers. With comedic focus on the joys and the blunders of raising a family, Jen Singer explores what it really takes to be a stay-at-home mom:Patience…stamina…and a genuine appreciation for greeting cards made out of Froot Loops.

"14 Hours ‘Til Bedtime" is for any mother who has managed to do the Hokey-Pokey with a toddler while nursing the baby at the same time. Author Jen Singer is the sure-and-steady voice for every on-the-go mom who dreams of stringing together ten minutes so she can shave both legs on the same day. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not Much changes Over the years
14 Hours to bedtime is a hoot, but really on the mark.Even Grandmothers like me are enjoying the book. Motherhood hasn't changed much,just that the mothers today put most of their time towards their children.Perhaps they are forgetting their husbands and themselves. It is and has been difficult to spread yourself around to everyone, you actually forget what hat you have on at that moment.Jen Singer's book tells it the way it is with a lot of humor.It is written so that a busy young mother of today can read an excerpt in a few minutes and pick it up again later when the kids stop screaming.I hope Ms. Singer will keep on writing because she is very funny and honest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not for Women Only
Although a man and not even a parent, I found "14 Hours Til Bedtime"a delight to read.I would read a short chapter before starting in on my own day's writing and would invariably find myself smiling and put into a good mood.The author manages to take situations that must have been fatiguing at best to live through and transform them into stories and aphorisms that give pleasure to readers.And its inviting layout makes this well-written, humorous book all the more user friendly.

5-0 out of 5 stars I loved this book--and so do my friends!
With two kids under the age of 5, I need all the laughs I can get and this book made me laugh out loud.Ms. Singer basically describes my life--only funnier.I feel so much better after reading the book, because now I know that I'm not alone.And I love that the book is full of short, funny pieces that even I have time to read.I bought another copy for a friend (with two kids under the age of 3) who just raved about how much she loved it.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book spoke to me!
Currently in the throes of new motherhood myself (two babies nineteen months apart, like the author), I really appreciated this humorous and HONEST take on being a SAHM. The writer also articulates what so many of us are afraid to admit: Staying at home with our kids is the toughest job we've ever had, and feeling this way comes with a guilty conscience - since society deems staying at home with your children a privilege. The book is a collection of smaller stories which can be read in installments - perfect for busy moms who can't sit for an afternoon or evening to devour a good book like we used to! Definitely a great baby shower gift with lots of laughs!

2-0 out of 5 stars Kind of Cliched
I was looking for a book to give to a friend who's a new mom, and this book had a cute cover. But after skimming it in the bookstore, I put it back. Singer's humor is so tiring and cliched already, the same tired and well worn cliches over and over again. And being that she seemingly had time to write this book, then she certainly can't be that overwhelmed by motherhood. Also, I realize that humor is subjective, but I just didn't find Singer to be funny. ... Read more


29. Babies and Other Hazards of Sex : How to Make a Tiny Person in Only 9 Months, with Tools You Probably Have around the Home
by Dave Barry
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Asin: 0878575103
Catlog: Book (2000-01-15)
Publisher: Rodale Books
Sales Rank: 14707
Average Customer Review: 4.85 out of 5 stars
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In this classic crack-up of a book, Dave Barry gives his wacky perspective on sex, childbirth, parenting and other forms of slow, cruel torture.

In Babies and Other Hazards of Sex, Dave exposes natural childbirth for what it is:a pop phenomenon of the 1960s that, along with paisley bell-bottoms and creative sideburns, deserves a rest. He examines the new federal law requiring prospective fathers to free themselves from their self-made macho prisons--to laugh, cry, love and just generally behave like certified wimps.

Dave also reveals, for the first time in print, the secret chant for painless childbirth.

Then learn why no secret chant could possibly take a woman's mind off the fact that she is in such pain that she wants a gigantic comet to crash into the earth and kill her and her husband and the dotor and the nurses and everyone else in the world.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very very funny
My husband and I are thinking about trying to conceive soon, and we thought this would be a great humorous view of the whole process. And, it is! As always Dave Barry brings such true humor to the process. I especially love the recounts of conversations he's had with his child, espeically the ones that revolve around the word "Why?".... (e.g., "That's a goat." "Why?") My only gripe is that there isn't more to this book, a lot of page space is dedicated to only mildly amusing pictures.

Overall though, a fun read which you can finish in one or two sittings.

5-0 out of 5 stars The King Of Comedy Rules Again
My wife got me this as a gift, and my only complaint is that my youngest is now eight, and I could have used this a long time ago. Dave Barry hits the nail right on the head with this book.

In this book, Barry puts a very serious subject in a humorous tone, but he still speaks the truth. Yes, this book is intended as humor, but his reasoning and descriptions are pretty dead on true. I seriously could relate to a lot of the situations he described. This book was hysterical.

Jerry O'Brien's illustrations are hilarious, and, as always, the perfect compliment to Barry's book. For any new parents or expected parents, this book is definately for you. Not only will this book not pull any punches, and tell it like it is, but it is very enjoyable reading, and will help ease some of the axieties that you may already have. Yeah, it might add a few as well, but hey, at least you'll laugh so hard, you'll forget about labor pains.

Dave Barry is easily the king of comedy, and this short book even illustrates this even more. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Barry at his best
I buy this book for every expectant father I know. A very nice break from all the "what to expect when you're expecting" books

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun
An early work by Dave (when his first child was born) with lots of cute illustrations and his typical sarcastic good-natured humor. Nothing here was memorably hilarious but enough cute snippets fill it to make reading it worthwhile.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift for new parents
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30. Dave Barry's Guide to Marriage and/or Sex
by Dave Barry
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Catlog: Book (2000-01-15)
Publisher: Rodale Books
Sales Rank: 66161
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Dave Barry's humor speaks for itself. Barry on dating:"These are nonstereotypical times we live in, by which I mean thatit is the responsibility of the man to ask for the date, and theresponsibility of the woman to think up excuses that get progressivelymore obvious until the man figures out that the woman would rather chewon a rat pancreas." Barry on falling in love: "When twopeople have been on enough dates, they generally fall in love. You cantell you're in love by the way you feel: your head becomes light, yourheart leaps within you, you feel like you're walking on air, and thewhole world seems like a wonderful and happy place. Unfortunately theseare also the four warning signs of colon disease, so it's always a goodidea to check with your doctor." If you think you might be indanger of having a date, falling in love, or getting married, buy thisbook immediately. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHH (etc.)
Another classic Barry. The title alone should give it five stars, but the content overwhelms my funny bone.

At one point, I was falling out of my chair I was laughing so hard!

oh well....5 STARS

4-0 out of 5 stars Early Barry. . .
Though not as good as his later works, definitely worth buying, though 'Dave Barry's Guide To Life' is also availiable on Amazon.com and contains this and three other works of similiar quality and length by the same author, while being slightly cheaper than this edition alone.
Recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Breaking Up Or Getting Engaged?
If you've made it to that chapter (Chapter 4) without laughing so hard you have beverages coming out of your nose, please check your pulse. You may already be dead.

Anyone who has ever read a Dave Barry article can appreciate his incredibly dry wit and hilarious sense of humor. Barry always seems to capture subjects that are serious, but manages to put a funny twist on them. Not only does he nail the concept of marriage AND/OR sex in this book, but the illustrations by Jerry O'Brien are the perfect compliment. The outrageous diagrams on "How to French Kiss" remind me of my life just last week, er, I mean high school.

This book is loaded with helpful tips for both men and women. For instance, Barry feels that the best bet for a new bride on how to get along with her mother-in-law is drugs. If only more people could read this book!

This book has something in it for everyone. If you are about to get married, the chapter entitled "How to Have a Perfect Wedding No Matter What" will definately come in handy. Of course, those of you already married, chapters "How to Argue Like a Veteran Married Couple" and "Children: Big Mistake or Bad Idea?" will, most definately, be of interest.

Barry's book is a fairly quick read, and would make a nice addition to anyone's book collection, if not for the mere fact that it is a great conversation piece. Any fan of Dave Barry will love it, and if you live on another planet, and have never heard of him, this is a great book to start with. You can't help but laugh!

4-0 out of 5 stars A funny worldwide reality
Barry continues being one of my favorite. His approach to human marriage relationships is no doubt almost a law (a little bit exagerated,maybe). Chapters 6 7 8 and were my favorites. I've just married and it was sort of an x-ray of my situation, except by the fact that have always believed in what he precisely satirizes: we don't need to spend a fortune in a full-of-critics-and-unpleasant people-that will not help you solve your infinite problem-night. His statements I think are of an almost universal reality. The only inconvenient for us latin american readers are perhaps the local jokes He is very serious (I'm not kidding)in telling us: Life is very simple and worth enjoying! Why screwing it up?

3-0 out of 5 stars not his best work by a long shot
Although I thoroughly enjoy his writing, this book left me feeling ripped off. His subsequent efforts have been far superior. If you're a Dave Barry fan and you want to continue to love him, skip this one. ... Read more


31. Playdate: Category 5 : Baby Blues Scrapbook #19 (Baby Blues Scrapbook, 19)
by Rick Kirkman, Jerry Scott
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Imagine three hurricanes converging on one household and you get an idea of what Darryl and Wanda MacPherson experience each delightful day of parenting Zoe, Hammie, and Baby Wren. It's a perfect storm of flying foodstuffs, off-the-scale emotional outbursts, and enough offspring energy to make veteran storm chasers duck for cover � and that's before any little friends come over to play!Playdate: Category 5 captures all this and more in the latest Baby Blues collection. This book is packed with hilarious family situations and childhood challenges anyone can appreciate, whether it's fellow parents riding out their own "storms," empty nesters reveling in their calms, or parents-to-be wondering what all the fuss is about. Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott are right on target in episode after episode. Their witty observations and insights-such as "I think screaming is the primary form of communication for girls"; "We've gotta learn to travel lighter, or just put some wheels on the house"; and "Sometimes being the dad is like being the weird kid in the neighborhood"-always hit the mark.Playdate: Category 5 will be treasured by those new to the strip as well as those who've appreciated its previous 18 collections. Even better than the daily installments, which appear in more than 900 newspapers and 20 magazines throughout the world, Playdate allows readers to experience the full fury of the MacPherson family tempest time and time again. It's coming on fast! ... Read more


32. The Ultimate Simpsons in a Big Ol' Box: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family Seasons 1-12
by Matt Groening
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Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
Publisher: Perennial
Sales Rank: 4885
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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For the first time ever, The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, The Simpsons Forever!, and the newest installment The Simpsons Beyond Forever! are collected together in an all-new, deluxe boxed set, celebrating twelve years of simply sensational Simpsons success. Each boxed set also comes with a set of exclusive Simpsons postcards!

From the very first cartoon short to the 12th season, "The Simpsons" has gone from overnight success to cultural phenomenon to television's longest-running prime-time, animated show. Featuring highlights from more than 250 episodes, plot synopses, quotes, character profiles, couch gags, guest stars, and much more, The Ultimate Simpsons in a Big Ol' Box supplies twelve years of giggles and gurgles, chuckles and chortles, snickers and snorts, and hoots and howls that will delight everyone in one, BIG boxed set.

The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Family (Seasons 1-8) This meticulously researched, colorfully rendered, exhaustively indexed, and lovingly fashioned episode guide provides memorable moments and little known facts that will make you an authority on the first eight seasons of "The Simpsons."

The Simpsons Forever! (Seasons 9 & 10) Continuing on from The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, The Simpsons Forever! provides more of everything you came to expect from the first volume. Focusing on Seasons 9 & 10, The Simpsons Forever! features musical moments from "The Simpsons," including the Bart Simpson music videos along with a special tribute to the career of Troy McClure.

The Simpsons Beyond Forever! (Seasons 11 & 12) Picking up where The Simpsons Forever! left off, this new guide tells you everything thing you want to know and more than you think you already know about "The Simpsons." In this volume each episode gets a full two-page, full-color treatment that provides more art and more moments from your favorite episodes from the 11th & 12th Seasons.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Guide for the Ultimate Simpsons Fan
This Episode Guide has EVERYTHING that you can ever imagine in an episode guide. From Seasons 1-12, it has details on every single episode. Its got quotes, what Bart writes on the chalkboard in the intro, couch gags, special guest voices, writers, screenshots, episode number (i.e. 8F05), air date, scene selections, runtime, and a whole lot more. All of this for only about $30, what a bargain.

Now I have seen every single Simpsons episode up-to-date but sometimes I forget about an episode or about a quote from a certain episode that I forget but now all I do is look over at my episode guide, track the season down and from there I find out what I needed. This book isn't just for looking for episodes and finding quotes or stuff like that, it can also be entertaining and a time killer (I mean that in a good way). So if you're stuck in the car going on a vacation, you can open this Episode Guide up and have yourself a laugh and maybe even find out some useful stuff that you didn't know about. This is a strong recommendation for any Simpsons fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Simpsons Forever!
I have the first book that covers seasons 1-8 and it is an absolute must-have for Simpson fans not in front of the internet who want to remember specific shows and lines from the shows at their fingertips. It has brought hours and hours of joy to my friends and I. I think the guy from Belgium is just bitter and might want to consume some Duff.

1-0 out of 5 stars The Simpsons - The Final Rip Off
Yes, I was a great fan of The Simpsons. The show originally appeared to be a critical cynical approach to American and western society. It showed a family who's main entertainment is television, a father who's an alcoholic with a boring job, a son which main interest is to pull jokes out of sheer boredom, a daughter who is terrified by it all escaping in intellectualism and a mother who stays married whatever happens. Let's say a nice portrait of an ordinary family.
However, the show became a parody of itself, it can be watched on many levels one being a cynical approach to consumer society and the kind of people it breeds.
Now The Simpsons has become itself a money maker, throwing gadgets all over the place, exploiting fans who probably already bought the first two volumes, now offering a boxed offering (what about the fans who bought the first two volumes: they can forget about the added greeting cards; it should be the other way around). And anyway, let's face it, The Simpsons are out of ideas, now only making the show for the big bucks, distancing themselves ever further about what the original ideas were all about.

Ronald Clercx

3-0 out of 5 stars Ehhh...
I'm not buying any more Simpsons Episode Guide books until the freakin show is cancelled....which at this rate seems like never! I suggest only buying the version that contains seasons 1- 8 (8 being when it started to peter out anyway...Coinciding with the death of the Great One, Phil Hartman)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Simpsons Reference!
These guides are so thorough in covering each episode of the Simpsons, any fan will want to buy them all so he/she may as well get them all at once in this fun box set. These books list each episode in every season from the shorts aired on the Tracy Ullman show through season 12. For every episode there is a brief description, the date it originally aired, list of writers/guest voices, tons of quotes, interesting tidbits and things to look for, selected dialog, screen shots, and even the message on Bart's chalkboard in the introduction. In addition to the information on each episode, the books include short features on almost every character (even those that appeared briefly in one episode), Itchy and Scratchy shorts, a list of when Homer says "D'oh!" or "Mmmm...," a list of the "couch gags" during the theme song, you name it. These are the ultimate guides to the Simpsons that every fan will refer to regularly. They also include a handy index to help when one is trying to find that one special episode he/she craves. Even if you already have one of these books, this is an excellent set to own and it's a good idea to have a spare book because you will no doubt wear out at least one! ... Read more


33. Car Talk: Why You Should Never Listen to Your Father When It Comes to Cars
by Radio Broadcast
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Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
Sales Rank: 17234
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Imagine a $50,000 Miata; Enjoyable but a Lousy Value
Car Talk's been on the air for a long time, and they must have plenty of great material for compilations like this. Unfortunately, what went on this edition, while funny enough, just isn't worth the high price. Save your money for blank cassettes and just record the regular show is my advice. ... Read more


34. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Parenting
by Joshua Piven, David Borgenicht, Sarah Jordan
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Catlog: Book (2003-11)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Sales Rank: 2604
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Forget quicksand and shark attacks, child-rearing is the truly terrifying activity. A screaming baby on an airplane, no diapers (!), monsters hiding in the closet, a long family car trip, the first date - these are the high-risk adventures you need to survive. Fortunately, the authors of the phenomenally best-selling Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series now keep parents safe, from cradle to teens. Hands-on, step-by-step instructions show you how to remove objects stuck in a child's nose or gum stuck in hair, and how to survive endless soccer games, slumber parties, and sleep deprivation. From baby-proofing the house to dealing with a dead pet, from the perils of the play-date to explaining about the birds and the bees, this essential guide tells parents what to really expect when your worst-case scenario is all in the family. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great gift
I bought this as a gift for a new mother-to-be and ready the entire book on the way home. It was extremely funny. I'll be buying more in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Troubleshooting Reference Book
I bought this fabulous book due to the helpful cover story article in Redbook Magazine, January, 2004 edition. On pages 106-107 (in a section called "Simple Solutions"), concise, sensible excerpts from "The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Parenting" covered some of the most troubling situations parents face with their kids. The article highlights 5 common ones. What to do when gum gets in her hair, how to get a marble out of a child's nose, how to deal with a dead pet, how to untie a severely knotted shoelace, and how to help your child pee (safely) by the side of the road (all of which we have faced with our 3 and 5 year olds!) I personally found that removing gum by freezing it with an ice cube works! Blowing a short but forceful puff of air into my child's mouth while gently pressing the unclogged nostril closed easily popped the pea out of my 3 year old's nose, and choosing not to automatically yank and tug the massive tight tangle in the sneaker shoelace but rather inserting and wiggling the tines of a fork in the middle to loosen the tightest part first did the trick in a few minutes. "Doable" parent friendly book with tons of advice for sticky situations. Then on the next page of the magazine (page 108) were more "Simple Solutions" for breaking bad behavior habits. I especially liked the sensible suggestions from the author of "The Pocket Parent" about how to stop preschoolers' hitting and tattling. I highly recommend both of these helpful books, one on crises solutions and the other on behavior solutions for 2-5 year olds. These two books are both quick read reference guides with a variety of solutions for each problem. Especially helpful for maintaining the sanity and patience of loving but often stressed-out parents of young children.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally a manual for parents
When I was interviewed, as one of the experts, for this book, I was excited to see that parents would finally have a manual on how to avoid some of the worst case scenarios for parenting. Parents need all the help they can get. As a parent of four teens, I could have used a manual like this ages ago. Obviously, you can't put into a manual everything that one needs to do. There are already books on that and it would take a manual the size of the Encyclopedia Brittanica to cover it all. Having a handy, quick reference for some of the tough spots is what most parents need. This has been my goal for my parenting site at www.parentingtoolbox.com and it is the goal of this book. Get it today! ... Read more


35. Two Plus One Is Enough : Baby Blues Scrapbook #18 (Baby Blues Scrapbook)
by Jerry Scott, Rick Kirkman
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3-0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the very conserative world of nuclear families.
This is the world where all men are dorky, guilt-driven daddies with soft, jelly-like bellies. This is the world where all women are milk-gushing baby machines. And this is the world where all spoiled, smart-mouthed rugrats rule. And of course, this world is filled with playgrounds, mini-vans, and slobbering dogs that no one can ever get out.

Once again, Wanda has popped out still another baby (to keep the baby strip going, of course) and this one baby probably would remain a baby for all eternity to come, unless Wanda is willing enough to birth 20 more babies to support the cartoonists for the rest of their natural lives. However, I still love the rather cynical bite added to such a harried, closed-in family life of endless cleaning up, changing filthy diapers, soothing colicky demands, pumping dairy products from private parts, enduring catty competition with a next-door bimbo who bragged about spawning a double order of male heirs (and remaining svelte to boot), and finally dropping off womb fruits at a place called "kindergarten" for the first time. Family fun for the conserative readers who all live by the same old traditions as their ancient baby-boomer ancestors.

And neither Zoe, nor Hamface are wiggly little infants anymore - they are now big-headed little midgets to add more cute, cute, cute than ever to the whole mess!;)

5-0 out of 5 stars Two Plus One Equals Lots of Laughs
The McPhersons are in a period of adjustment. Baby Wren has arrived, and Zoe and Hammie haven't quite figured out where they fit in the family any more. Plus, they want everything to be fair for all three of them, even though they are growing and facing different things. For example, Hammie is going to his first sleep over. And if that isn't enough, Bunny is naming her identical twins identically. Fortunately, Wanda and Darryl are facing life with a quip and sarcasm as always.

I've always loved this strip of its real if slightly exaggerated look at every day life in a loving family. This set continues the grand tradition with more fun and laughter with this ever growing family. Every page held a smile and chuckle, with many having laugh out loud moments. Sometimes, they hit a little too close to home, but with some funny lines I appreciated.

If you need a humorous look at family life the way it really is, read this strip. And if you already know and love the McPhersons, this book is exactly what you're looking for to get the next chapter in the life of this funny family. ... Read more


36. The Poo Bomb : True Tales of Parental Terror
by Jeff Vogel
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Author Jeff Vogel did not go into parenthood with any delusions. He knew that he would love his daughter, and that was terrifying. What if he screwed up? And he knew that life with a baby would be different, that it would be filled with an endless stream of filthy diapers, unexplained wailing, and sleepless nights. Not to mention no sex. The parenting books painted a picture of smart, communicative babies and mindless, limitless joy, but he knew they were lying to him. So he wrote his own book. The Poo Bomb: True Tales of Parental Terror recounts, in a no-punches-pulled style, the first year of life of Cordelia, Jeff's freshly hatched, gooey human girl. The first year of parenthood isn't about joy or fulfillment. It is about menial labor, wiping up human waste, and marking time until the kid is old enough to run and play and thank you for its life. Jeff chronicles the journey through the morass of year one week by week. Rich with irreverent honesty and humor, The Poo Bomb is the reality show of parenting books: It reflects what most parents have sometimes guiltily felt about their not-so-delightful bundles of joy.

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37. Fatherhood
by Bill Cosby
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Catlog: Book (1994-06-01)
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Sales Rank: 14599
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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From one of America's most beloved funnymen comes a hilarious look at the lighter side of fatherhood.

So, what is fatherhood...?

It's pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.
It's helping your children learn English as a second language.
It's asking your son to make up a name rather than tell anyone who he is.
It's knowing that "Everything's okay, Dad!" means "I haven't killed anyone!"
It's the book every father will love.
It's Bill Cosby at his wittiest, wisest, and warmest.
"Bill Cosby makes fatherhood come alive. He takes us on a comedic yet insightful journey through the awesome shifting sands of parenthood. Though this volume is titled Fatherhood, its effect will be to strengthen the entire family." --from the after-word by Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic
I received this book as a Christmas present from my Mother-in-law. I'll be a father in the upcoming year, and thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is funny and insightful from start to finish. Many of the bits I recognized from a video of a performance that Cosby did. I'm not sure what came first.

I had great fun with this book. It brought back a lot of memories of what I and my brothers did as kids. It also got me to realize that babies don't stay babies forever, and that someday they will become children and young adults. Thats when all the mischief begins.

This is a quick read. I read it in under two hours on a plane trip. I'll be reading it again, once or twice more, before my child is born. Whether you have kids or not, or whether you are expecting or not, this book is a great read. I highly recomment id.

5-0 out of 5 stars Laughter lesson for all fathers!
Fatherhood was a hilariously funny guide for all fathers. Whether or not you have had or are going to have children, this book tells it all. From start to finish, Fatherhood had everything your kids will do, to drive you to the edge and back again. I was laughing so hard through reading this book, I had to stop to breath. Tears of laughter raced down my face during chapters four and five. Each page was something crazy and true, that only Bill Cosby could put into words, in a way that would leave you begging for more. If I had three thumbs, I would give Fatherhood four! Cosby took me on a journey to my past and reminded me of what I have put my parents through. I continually had to stop reading, to share the laughter with other people around me. On some occasions, I even had to show my father parts of this book's joy and misfortune. He commented on how truthful it was. If you want to read, pick a dictionary. If you want to embark upon the ancient mystery of parenting, go get this book and enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Reality
Skip reality TV and pick up this book!

Finally, someone writes a book on parenting who actually admits that there is no book on parenting that can tell you "how" but only that "you're not alone" and "hey...this is some funny stuff!" Sit back and enjoy the ride. Great humor and marvelous insight makes this a can't miss.

5-0 out of 5 stars Plain common sense about parenting
Bill Cosby, who is probably America's favorite father, wrote a gem of a book about his experiences with being a father to five children, four girls and a boy. Cosby's book reads much like his stand-up comedy, but there is so much down-home common sense in these pages that the reader can relate to much of what is written and is reminded of his or her own childhood. Reading this book, it was rather reassuring to find that I wasn't the only mother who threatened to introduce her child to the joys of time-travel (Mrs. Cosby to obnoxious child: "I'm gonna knock you into the middle of next week"), and Cosby reminded me of my own dad banging on the door to my room during my teens when I jacked up the rock 'n' roll station, bellowing through the wall to "TURN THAT CRAP DOWN!" Cosby also provides some back-up for parents who have reached the conclusion that sometimes the best reason you can give to your child who demands to know why he or she can't do this or that, is "because I said so." Cosby takes parents on a tour of parenting from pregnancy through the teen years, with sound observations on developmental quirks at each stage of childhood. He's not one of those parents who forget as soon as they become parents, what it was like to be a youngster. Listen to Cosby's alarm at his daughter wanting to spend the day hanging around the mall: "He (the father) knows exactly what those boys at the mall have in their depraved little minds because he once owned such a depraved little mind himself. In fact, if he thinks enough about the plans that he used to have for young girls, he might even run over to the mall and have a few of those boys arrested."

Cosby inherited his parenting skills from his mom and dad, who raised their own children back in the day when parents were presumed to know more about their own kids than a whole army of child psychiatrists and psychologists. His parents stood for no nonsense (after Cosby broke a glass table playing parlor basketball, his mother entered with a stick and threatened to "bust him in half"; Dad, his nose buried in a book, asks Mom, "Why would you want twice as many?") but they taught their kids good manners, pride and self-respect, values Cosby takes seriously. He's not averse to a good swat on the rear end if the situation calls for it but in general he emphasizes reasonable discipline leavened with good will and humor. Cosby strongly believes parents are parents first and friends second, but he's no tyrant. As he says toward the end of the book, he and his wife and children "have the kind of mutual trust that I wish the United Nations had. And, with breaks for a little hollering, we smile a lot." There is probably no better definition of good parenting.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Strong Families Raise Strong, Healthy Children"
Even almost twenty years after the original printing, this book is still relevant and very funny. Because I work with children daily and hope to have children of my own in a few years, I particularly enjoyed this book.

Bill Cosby's humor avoids the profanity laced tirades of many contemporary comics. While maintaining a focus on the value of the family, Cosby discusses the role of a father as an often neglected role in the family. In this book, I could see my father behaving in many of the ways Cosby describes. The students I have today are also no different than the way he describes his children's school expereinces. On this note, my favorite quote in the book has to do with his son not failing English so much as failing to hand in his assignments. It is no wonder this book has sold so many copies. Cosby's wit and insight had me laughing out loud several times.

While the foreword and afterword by Alvin F. Poussaint seems a bit obvious to me, it may not seem so basic to all readers. Poussaint strips Cosby humor down to give it a scientific basis. Poussaint supports the points made by Cosby. He is effective in making a point in concise terms.

This is probably the best book I have read by a stand-up comedian. I give Cosby the distinction as a stand-up comic because some the material in this book was in the "Himself" video. Despite being labeled as humor/comedy, the book has valuable insight for fathers and parents in general. Truly, this is a valuable book. ... Read more


38. The New Dad's Survival Guide : Man-to-Man Advice for First-Time Fathers
by Scott Mactavish
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Asin: 0316159956
Catlog: Book (2005-01-06)
Publisher: Little, Brown
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39. She's Having a Baby :And I'm Having a Breakdown
by James D. Barron
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Catlog: Book (1998-06-03)
Publisher: Perennial Currents
Sales Rank: 33849
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Insider tips and advice for men on the roller-coaster ride called pregnancy and childbirth--the ideal gift for any expectant Father's Day

James Barron, two-time dad, has written a funny, down-to-earth, and practical book that every man needs when his wife is expecting a baby. He offers suggestions on what to do (and how to act!) from those first moments of anticipation to the main event, including:

  • Helping her deal with her physical and emotional changes

  • Early pregnancy sex (getting used to the new constraints)

  • Keeping up with insurance papers and other forms

  • Dealing with your fears that something will go wrong

  • Middle pregnancy sex (enjoyable surprise!)

  • The top ten things never to say to a pregnant woman

  • Questions you should ask the obstetrician

  • Late pregnancy sex (challenging, but possible)

  • Starting out--the first six weeks of fatherhood

This unique book will bring a smile or two to the men--and to the women who love them--while providing precious assistance to make pregnancy the experience of a lifetime.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fun to read, great for Dad-to-be
I was searching for a pregnancy book that my husband would enjoy reading when I discovered She's Having a Baby. Since we were expecting our third child, being pregnant was nothing new for us. James Barron provides an accurate and often homorous look at pregnancy through the eyes of a father to be. As I read the book, I found myself laughing at the thought of my own husband musing about my ever-changing body, mood swings, enormous appetite, and fascination with the size and shape of my belly. Gene laughed harder than I did at many of the comments and smirked a time or two when I asked if he really had thought the same thoughts Mr. Barron described. This book won't give you much medical information but it will provide an insightful look at pregnancy from the viewpoint of a dad-to-be. A Child is Born is also an excellent resource as it contains detailed pictures of the unborn baby. We're Pregnant! is another good resource as it contains a down-to-earth look at pregnancy from the viewpoint of both an expectant mother and expectant father.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great bathroom book for first time dads!
I bought this book for my husband when we found out we were having our first baby. I first bought myself 3 books on pregnancy and he was annoyed that I was always reading them and he had nothing to read, I told him he could read my books too but he didn't like them. I then discovered this little gem. It is written in numbered sections, most being a page or less. It is a perfect book to leave in the bathroom if that is your husband's favourite reading spot, like mine! It is NOT a medical book, he will have to look at your books for any details but does tell him how to deal with all your symptoms including hormone craziness, worrying about miscarriage, getting fat... Even tells him how not to react if he happens to ingest a bit of breast milk later in the pregnancy! Very funny and well written. It validates alot of the feelings men go through too, worries about money, their wive's health etc... I would highly recommend it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Money
If you are a first time father to be and have absolutely no inkling of sensitivity towards your wife and no clue what pregnancy is all about, then maybe you should get this book, but do yourself a favor and check it out from the library. The very fact that you can read it in a span of 10 minutes and catch all the useful information says a lot. You could surf the internet for 5 minutes and get all the info that is in this book. If it doesn't insult a man's intelligence - it should!

5-0 out of 5 stars He Loves This Book!
This is the one of the few books that I have found that were written for men. My husband and I have been reading it together. My husband absolutely loves it! James Barron is very enlightening while providing a great deal of humor. He talks about the emotions of the husband that most of the books don't even mention. This is a MUST-READ for all men who want to be active in the pregnancy or who just want to know that he isn't crazy! It is also a great-read for the wives!

4-0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful, if imperfect
Yes, the author is a bit full of himself. Yes, the book is trite in places. Yes, the lack of an index (or for that matter, a useful table of contents) is frustrating. But item-by-item, no book better zooms you in on *how to treat your wife* during pregnancy. ... Read more


40. I'll Never Have Sex with You Again! : Tales from the Delivery Room
by Larry Bleidner, Irene Zutell
list price: $12.00
our price: $9.00
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Asin: 0743214641
Catlog: Book (2002-05-02)
Publisher: Fireside
Sales Rank: 84505
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

FORGET EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT CHILDBIRTH. THIS IS REALITY, WITH BELLY LAUGHS.

"I'll Never Have Sex with You Again!" chronicles birthin' babies like nothing ever before. Told by moms, dads, OB/GYNS, labor nurses and the people next door, its stories give new meaning to the phrase "up close and personal." And many celebrities -- from Nikki Sixx to Faith Hill, Lucy Lawless to Phyllis Diller, Erin Brockovich to Peggy Noonan -- let down their guard and prove that the delivery room is definitely a no-spin zone. Read all about

The birthing mom who watches helplessly as a sexy labor nurse tries to seduce her husband.

The mother-in-law/M.D. wanna-be who seizes the forceps and orders the doctor to get the show on the road!

The new dad who suffers a concussion during a crib-assembly mishap and first glimpses his infant as he's being wheeled into the emergency room.

The woman who had to be knocked out cold by a baseball to discover she was pregnant.

The dad who misses his daughter's birth when he runs home to change into a suit and tie.

The woman in labor who discovers an old flame will administer her epidural, and opts to tough it out -- sans anesthesia!

Heartwarming and hilarious, these 100-plus stories will thrill moms, mothers-to-be or anyone even thinking about having a baby. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE IF YOU ARE EXPECTING!!
My friend had told me all about this book she had purchased while she was pregnant. I knew that if it made her laugh- it must be good.
Well, I went out and bought it and OMIGOD. She was SO right. This book has entertained MANY of my friends, family, co-workers, and fellow mothers. The stories in here are hysterical. It's amazing at some of the CRAZY things people will say and do when they are in labor. I also enjoyed the stories from celebrities. It makes you realize that when it comes to childbirth, they are no different from you or I.
I would definitely recommend this book to my family and friends. It also makes a GREAT shower gift!

3-0 out of 5 stars Not all that great
I wasn't all that pleased with this book. I read the other reviews and thought that this book was going to be "rolling on the floor" funny. There were some stories in there that I found very funny. However, overall the book is mostly a bunch of birth stories. Some of the stories very boring and long, or the humor was very corny. I consider myself a person with a great sense of humor. I don't withhold laughter. This book was average overall. 10 bucks isn't asking too much. See for yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
If you are questioning your ability to actually give birth, this book is for you. It is made up of different people telling their stories and anecdotes from when they experienced childbirth. Not only mothers, but fathers, nurses, doctors, doulas, midwives and family friends tell heartwarming stories of labor and delivery. Many of the stories are by celebrities or sports stars which made them all seem more relateable.
This book is a wonderful companion to any 'serious' pregnancy book you are reading. Like the Girlfriend books, "I'll Never..." gives moms-to-be as well as dads-to-be a lighthearted look at an inevitable situation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved It!!!!
I'm pregnant with my first child and I am terrified of giving birth. I saw this book and bought it and it has made me feel so much better!!! I loved all the stories and my husband has even read some of them and thought they were great!! I have told all my friends who are expecting to buy this book....I just can't say enough about how great it is!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The ONLY thing that got me to laugh during my pregnancy
I can't possibly say enough wonderful things about this book.
I bought this book when I was about five months pregnant. Needless to say, like most pregnant women- I was moody.
I came across this book and I literally laughed SO hard and SO much that I thought I was going to go into labor. There are stories in here for EVERYONE. I had talked about twelve of my pregnant friends and mommies into buying this book and they all LOVE it. That book went with me into the delivery room and was enjoyed by all. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who has ever given birth or who is pregnant. You will not regret it!!! ... Read more


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