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700 Sundays

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  3,161 ratings  ·  469 reviews
Now in paperback comes Billy Crystal's heartfelt and hilarious "New York Times" bestseller: a moving memoir of his youth and the precious days shared by an adoring father and a devoted son.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published October 31st 2005)
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bookczuk
My girlfriend Liz lent me a copy of this. I liked it so much I got a copy to BookCross. It's not a deep or profound book, but is a funny, touching tale of a boy's love for his family and life.

Funny. funny man. I found myself snickering and giggling at some of his throw away lines. I had to read about a dozen of them out to mr czuk...grandpa's tea drinking, toots and farts, mother of the lesbian bride, "the face", Billy discovers his boy parts...

But the thing that blew me away was that his family
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Mahlon
Mar 11, 2010 Mahlon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves comedy
Recommended to Mahlon by: watching the Oscars
Shelves: read-2010
You'd expect a comic genius like Billy Crystal to write an incredibly funny book, but the fact that it's also deeply moving might come as a surprise. 700 Sundays is Billy's tribute to his father(who died when Billy was a teenager) and his large and jovial family, full of characters, who provided the encouragement and support he needed to become a successful comedian. This book's only flaw is that it's too short. Those who are looking for a conventional Biography full of career highlights will be ...more
Andrea
Who knew Billy Crystal's life was touched by so many different characters and cultures. This book focuses on his father mostly and the estimated amount of time he had to spend with his family. Like many fathers back then, they only had 1 day a week to spend together. And if you were lucky you looked forward to it. Billy adds in the personalities of so many other characters that touch his life through the years, There's the LI mobster, Billy's extended family complete with accents and baggage, hi ...more
Book Concierge
From the book jacket - One of America’s most beloved entertainers takes us home. Billy Crystal opens the front door to a time in his life when he shared joy, love, music, and laughter with an eccentric family headed by the hardworking father who left them all too soon. To support his family, Billy’s father, Jack, worked two jobs and long hours and could spare only Sundays to spend with his loved ones.

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This just proves that people’s ordinary, every-day lives can be far more interestin
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Jeannie Walker
This story was funny and sad at the same time. I could relate to how Billy Crystal felt with the passing of his dad and mother. It was as if I was right there with him as he was telling the story... and his funny relatives, I laughed my head off. I loved everything about this book. Of course I had to watch it on TV, over and over. I have an appreciation for this wonderful man that I did not have before, even though he has always been one of my favorite comedians and actor. Everyone should get th ...more
Charles Isom
I really enjoyed this adaption of Billy Crystal's stage play. I would definitely recommend seeing the special if at all possible, as much of the humor comes from Crystal's rapid-fire delivery. The book, actually, was stronger when he simply told the story of his family and their impact on the jazz scene in New York as well as other, more serious stories.
Meghan Krogh
This was actually a really great book—slim, but man can you hear it in his voice. I laughed out loud and had to wipe away a few tears; this is what a celebrity memoir should aspire to.
Tima
I liked this book much more than I expected to. It was downright funny at time, pulled on the heart strings at others and left me feeling like this was a man who really loves his family.

Outside of this book, I really no nothing about his upbringing, his family, his delve into celebrity fame. What I love about his story, is that he focused on all the people who shaped him into who he became and not on the ins and outs of A-List Hollywood [as most celebrity memoirs tend to be..].

His uncle became t
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Collin Clack
"700 Sundays" by Billy Crystal was one of the most heart clenching books i've ever read. The book is about the young life from the birth until college days for well known celebrity Billy Crystal. Billy talks about his time spent in Long Beach NY and the happiness,adventures and the short time he spent with his dad. Billy uses characterization,setting and symbolism to further grip the readers heart.
The use of charcterization in the story is very important because it gives the reader info on how
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Lain
The tough thing about reading books by comedians is that they seem to be missing something - the words need to be read aloud, not read silently in one's head. There is an element of that flatness in 700 Sundays, a memoir of Crystal's early years, but there's more than just a transcript of his monologues. Read between the jokes and you'll see the story of a family, from the great Uncle Berns to the sassy Aunt Sylvia, but most of all Crystal's nuclear family - his mom, dad, and the three sons.

Fro
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Cait
What a great book. I started reading it, already knowing that I love Billy Crystal. I love him even more now. This is exactly the kind of memoir I enjoy the most. Made me cry, 3 times. I mean, look at this.

Page 177:
"We're at a table. I'm sitting across from 'Him,' and there are five cards spread in front of me.
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The last one...'Get to do what you've always wanted to do since you first made them laugh in the living room.'
I hold the cards in my hand. He stares me down. I look at them one mor
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Grant Trevarthen
To have the God given ability to make someone laugh is indeed a true gift. Billy Crystal is such a person.in this poignant tribute to his father we are pivileged to see the other side of a man who has brought humour to a worldwide audience.
Growing up in the late 40's and during the 50's we see a young Billy in a Jewish family that always seemed busy. His father who was a musician,record producer and shopowner, whose only free time was on a Sunday. So thereby hangs this tale of a son deprived all
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Connie
What a wonderful, heartwarming book that clearly shows true love for family. It made me laugh out loud. Great!
Gerald Curtis
I was disappointed in this book, because I expected it to be a biography of Billy Crystal, but found that it was more about his dad than him. Because of his father’s work and business commitments, the only time his family ever had with him was on Sundays, and 700 represents the years that Billy was old enough to have a relationship with him before he died, equaling about thirteen and a half years.

Other than it turning out to be more of a biography of his hero father, I did not appreciate the con
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Anita
If you're looking for something that will truly make you laugh out loud, then cry, then laugh through your tears... then this is a book you MUST get. I listened to the audiobook and it was so special. Billy Crystal discusses his relationship with his father in terms of the number of Sundays they were able to spend together: only 700. The significance of the family gatherings every Sunday and the forum that provided for him and his brothers to "put on shows" was made all the more important by the ...more
Mike
Effective, relying heavily on dialogue. Crystal's comedy chops at work.

13..I always answered the door because I thought someday somebody's going to be there to take me to Hollywood.
21..he worked so hard for us all the time
41..uncle Milt's music store on 42nd, Commodore...radios, electronics
licensed master recordings & issued jazz records
then started making the their own records..producing, & then mail order
father then managed the shop..9 feet wide
Milt wrote danke schoen for w newton, 3 c
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Johnny
Billy Crystal’s father died at a relatively young age. As a result, Crystal calculated that he was able to spend 700 Sundays with his father. Yet, the talented performer found himself so affected by the memory of his father and the values his pater inculcated that he structured and entitled this autobiographical work as 700 Sundays. This is a moving, masterful work where any chance of maudlin sentiment is often relieved by the comedic timing of Crystal, as precise in print as he is on stage.

The
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Charles Morgan
I was never a huge Billy Crystal fan but I grew up watching a few of his movies and believe he is fairly talented -- and pretty damn witty.

I knew he was Jewish, but myself being Baptist I always wondered how different the family dynamics were in a Jewish family. The answer: not much. We all laugh, we all strive, we all have certain convictions, and we all mourn loss. This book is more about loss than anything else, and for those who love a bittersweet feel for movies or stories, then this is a
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Joanne in Canada
For me, Billy Crystal will always be the endearing Jody from the TV series Soap. I read about--but didn't see--his Broadway show about the 700 Sundays that he shared about his father. This book, based on his show, captures the warm and creative atmosphere of Crystal's childhood home, and his close relationship with his parents, brothers and extended family. Funny, sarcastic, and tender.
Lita Bouquard
Ok I didn't finish 700 Sundays. I didn't think it was fair to put on my "books so bad I couldn't finish" shelf because I liked some of what I read. I could hear Billy Crystal's voice in my head as he shot one liners out in the book of all the time he had with his father. His family history was quite fascinating - with an uncle that wrote great songs and has a music store and an aunt that inspires the movie/book "marjorie Morningstar'. Does anybody remember that oldie? Any way when he reminisced ...more
John Parungao
A great book, full of heartwarming and heart felt stories from Billy Crystal about his youth and the family and loved ones who are a part of his life. There are plenty of funny stories about his family and his many relatives, along with stories about meeting some of the greatest jazz musicians. The heart of the book comes from Billy's relationship with his father. A father he lost at a young age. There's humor in this book, but there's also pain and loss. It's something Billy Crystal is very hon ...more
Elaine
Billy Crystal is funny, we all know that.

But this was a poignant recollection of his father who died after 700 Sundays. For those of you slow at math, Billy's dad died when he was 13 1/2. It really hits home on how you need to spend quality time with the ones we love and not just be in the same room. Many of the details escape me, as I read this years ago on a cruise to Alaska, but I remember the important part.

BE PRESENT and ENGAGED with the ones you love because you never know when they won't
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David Bibby
Every now and then I like to read a book written by someone who is NOT an author by trade. A few years back I read a book by Tim Allen "Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man" and I found it quite humorous.

This time I read 700 Sundays, by Billy Crystal. It was funny and I found out things about Billy Crystal that I didn't know before. I didn't know that his father was so into Jazz Music that he owned a record store and had a place for people to play.. nor did I know that nearly all of Billy's sibl
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Go
This was endearing for the most part. I have never seen Billy Crystal's act on Broadway so I do not know how different this is in book form. Billy comes across as down-to-earth and seems to genuinely respect and admire his parents. Growing up he couldn’t wait to spend time with his Dad whom he looked up to and he was friends with his brothers too. I grew up with my sisters being my best friends so I could relate. It was refreshing reading about a loving, supportive, actual “functional” family. A ...more
Mel Ostrov


I never saw Billy Crystal’s Tony Award-Winning one-man Broadway show, so upon reading this book I expected the equivalent of a standup comic routine. How wrong I was! This poignant story is not a collection of jokes. Billy relates his autobiography in smooth, simple language, revealing his inner self – not just his comedic side, but also his very private incidents and sincere feelings. It can bring you to tears, not just from laughter but also from sorrow. The beauty of this short memoir (less t
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Brian
i am torn on this review. i want to say why it is a bad book and then i got to thinking that the bad parts actually make it a good book. whatever.

in the late 90's paperback books about rising stars, unofficial "biographies" were a thing. 100 pages about how Brad Pitt got the where was then from meager beginnings. Those books were written by Us and People and Entertainment Weekly. Puff pieces.

This book is kind of like a puff piece. Except, it really isnt self-aggrandizing at all. Usually an "auto
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Lisa Cole
There are so many places in this book where I can hear Crystal's voice and see his face very distinctly. Crystal isn't the best writer I have read by any means, but I enjoyed my time with him immensely. I could relate with so much of what Billy Crystal expresses, especially in the last part of the book because his father died when he was only 15. He explains his grief by using the image of a boulder--having to carry an imaginary boulder with you everywhere you go. Well, yes, exactly.

I never real
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Ice
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Leah K
700 Sundays by Billy Crystal
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I assume everyone knows who the actor, Billy Crystal, is and if you don’t we need to have talk. This book does not deal with his incredible career but his childhood and his time with his family and more particularly his father. He would get to spend approximately 700 Sundays with his Dad before he would die when Billy Crystal was only 15 years old. This is adapted from his stage show by the same name.

My first observation was in some of the reviews before I
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Kellie


i love the way Billy compared Dixieland Jazz to the Kentucky Derby... "wand down the stretch they come. The trombone sets the pace, cornet takes the lead, clarinet comes up on the outside. Then the drummer goes to the whip, and it's a photo finish as they come across the line together." Billy's Grandfather after Billy's Dad Died..." time is a bastard: When you are sad there too much of it, and when you are happy, there isn't enough.

700 Sundays are the estimated number of Sundays Billy was able
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