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Dad is Fat

by Jim Gaffigan

Rated: Mild

Jim Gaffigan is a comedian and a father of five kids. He lives in a two-bedroom apartment in a five-story walk-up in New York City. And as you can imagine, all this leads to an immense amount of hilarity, most of which he turns into comedy.

Like most humor, this book is really quite hit-and-miss. I found myself laughing often enough as I listened to this audiobook, perhaps because I have nearly as many kids as he does and perhaps because Gaffigan paints no rosy pictures of his ability as a parent.

I’m not sure I would have liked it if I had read it in print, but Gaffigan is a terrific narrator of his own material and I often found myself laughing along with his often ridiculous stories. As I was telling a friend of mine: there’s nothing like listening to the war stories of someone who’s got it more challenging than you to make you feel good about your life.

Rated: Mild for some mild swearing (less than a dozen times total).

— Reviewed by Melissa Fox

Melissa Madsen Fox's blogging career began in 2004 when she started Book Nut. Reading, reviewing and book blogging have taken over what's left of her life after being a stay-at-home mom to four rambunctious daughters and wife to a slightly- absent-minded professor of political science.

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  • Dad is Fat
  • by Jim Gaffigan
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Nonfiction
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