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Pacify Me: A Handbook for the Freaked-Out New Dad

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews

You're having a baby. That's it. Game over, man.
Life as you know it is done.

Go ahead, freak out. Comic Chris Mancini was terrified of his impending fatherhood. But soon after throwing up upon seeing the little blue line, he realized that most expectant dads sometimes feel nervous, depressed, or powerless -- like a new baby is guy-kryptonite. Chris has been there and su

Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Gallery Books
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Willie Krischke
Nov 02, 2009 Willie Krischke rated it did not like it
Ugh. Another book about becoming a Dad that assumes that men are masturbating pigs. Mancini is extremely crude and appears to be writing for that dude on "Knocked Up." I am not that dude. Maybe you are.

As for me, I'm sick of picking up books geared towards dads that can't take the subject seriously. I've had to resort to reading books for moms in order to learn anything valuable and answer the questions I've got about parenthood.

This book is not the answer.
Mar 24, 2010 Grant rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: insecure dudes
Recommended to Grant by: Andrea
Shelves: own
After a recommendation from my friend and our doula Andrea, I thought I'd check out this book for new dads. Sorry, Andrea, but I'm not a fan. I gave up at about page 110.

I found the jokes tepid and unoriginal, the content not all that helpful, and the stereotypes hard to relate to. If you're an insecure, selfish dick who's unprepared for fatherhood, maybe this book will help you in some way. But if you're actually looking forward to being a father, skip it and check out some of Armin Brott's boo
Kristen Northrup
Nov 26, 2009 Kristen Northrup rated it liked it
This was more sensible than I was expecting, if still not especially useful. The pregnancy-related section in the beginning is uselessly juvenile, especially when he repeatedly describes his wife as repulsive and insists all men actually feel that way about pregnant women. Then again, he does stand-up for a living so I guess it's to be expected. He does clean it up and even gets remarkably conservative when discussing actual child-rearing. It was especially nice to see what I consider a healthy ...more
Seth Isenberg
Feb 17, 2015 Seth Isenberg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
I bought this book after seeing an interview with Mancini on the Geekscape podcast. As an expectant geek dad, I glanced at one of my wife's books, and read through another book aimed at fathers. Neither one really did it for me. Pacify Me is eons past anything else I've seen. Mancini has some hilarious stories, interesting points, and good, level-headed advice. Mancini is the first to admit that he is far from the expert, but he makes the reader feel as if the reader is along for the journey ...more
Jan 05, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it
I thought this was going to be a straight-up humor book (Mancini is a comic and humor writer, btw) but it turned out to have some actually helpful advice! IN ADDITION to being pretty laugh-out-loud funny. Sure, he reduces life to stereotypes sometimes, but you know what? They exist for a reason. And yes, he can be vulgar, but can you get over it? Oh yeah, and his whole shtick about pregnant women being ... oh, nevermind. Some of you will think this is funny, others won't. A good baby shower gift ...more
Aug 16, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rob by: Jennifer
What a pleasantly enteratining book. Although I'm not feeling particularly freaked out I enjoyed this book very much both for the level of humor and the lessons. Mancini wasn't overly preachy (and would call himself out at times when he did so) but shared the anecdotes of having his first child coupled with his candid thoughts and reactions. I found the advice helpful and look forward to applying that wisdom in the next few months!
Mar 08, 2013 Kristian rated it liked it
This is the baby book for new dads who do not know where to start or what to expect. This book is like a huddle of new dads during a summer bbq drinking beers and sharing stories. You will still need to grab a better field manual on how to operate your new family unit aka "baby", but this is a quick read that will give you an idea of what to expect. I suggest you still go buy the 600+ page book "What to Expect when your expecting" which is a more thorough guide to babies.
Dec 29, 2009 Robert rated it liked it
Some people will be too prudish for parts of this book, and some will say that it's insulting to some men. I really did get something out of reading it, but it wasn't as entertaining to me as the author intended it to be. There are some really solid nuggets of advice here, and I think the author should have enlisted a couple of co-authors with other experiences.
Matt Piechocinski
Nov 12, 2012 Matt Piechocinski rated it it was amazing
There's not a lot of books out for anxiety ridden expectant fathers ... this one is the best (of all the pregnancy books I read). Self depricating, informative, and definitely slanted to alleviate guys stress.
Alex Aloise
Apr 04, 2011 Alex Aloise rated it really liked it
Took me waaay too long to read this, but I guess moving will do that to ya.
It started off a little shaky, too much hacky stand-up material. After a few chapters though it found its footing and actually ended up being respectably funny and helpful.
Sep 26, 2012 Jim rated it it was ok
"What to Expect When Your Wife Is Expecting and You're a Raging Jerk of a Man-Child"

On the bright side, it only took an hour to finish!
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Nov 09, 2013 Kyle rated it really liked it
The book was entertaining and had a few decent pointers along the way. It's worth reading.
Oct 12, 2009 Bryce rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. Vulgar at points, but we got a good laugh from the majority of the book.
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Chris Mancini is a comic, author, filmmaker, and parent. He is also very tired. Chris has written and directed many films, shows, and people who were lost looking for the mall. The Sci Fi Channel awarded Chris the "Future of Film" award along with a grant to make more. The Sci Fi Channel also aired his award winning short film SKINS, which The Museum of Television and Radio in New York archived as ...more
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