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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  5,114 ratings  ·  654 reviews
To support his family, Billy Crystal's father, Jack, worked two jobs, having only one day a week to spend with his family. Based on Crystal's one-man Broadway show of the same name, "700 Sundays"--referring sadly to the time shared by an adoring father and his devoted son--offers a heartfelt, hilarious memoir. ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published October 31st 2005)
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Jan C
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, 2019, humor
Funny but sad. Title refers to the amount of time spent with his father, who was busy working two jobs to support his wife and three sons. Come to think of it, most children only see their fathers on weekends, they're too busy working to support their families.

The only difference here is that Billy's dad died when he was 15. That's why it was only 700. But the Billy Crystal humor comes through here and he shows where it lot of it came from.

Not sure if the book came before the play or not, but
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Amy
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 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Charles Isom
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Barb
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Quick read, I like Billy Crystal so it was interesting to read a little bit about his life. If you read the book you will understand the title and the significance.
Nell Gray Andrews
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Well my 2020 book challenge was FAIL, so I'm trying to start the next one off right, by marking the beginning of the year with my dream man Mr Billy Crystal. I laughed out loud at this book ...more
Collin Clack
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
"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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Jeannie Walker
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Andrea
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Judy
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A moving memoir about the time that Billy Crystal had with his father before his father's death--a span of what he figures was 700 Sundays. ...more
John E
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and moving memoir of a supportive and loving family. Short and quick read. I enjoyed it very much.
Char Freund
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
More sweet than deep. I could imagine Billy telling the stories as I read. Homage to melting pot of New York and what makes a family. I wasn’t aware of his family support of jazz and the contributions of so many friends and family. Here’s some thoughts for discussion.
P 21. Family was made up of what he called lunatics, but were good people, a group of immigrants who worked hard for the American life.
P24. An Aunt was the inspiration for book and movie, Marjorie Morningstar
P. 46. His grandfather r
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Jessica
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
It’s charmingly written, and has a stand-up comedy feeling about it. You can really hear Billy Crystal’s voice through it. That said, biographies are not my thing.
Diane
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one will tug at your heart strings. It's a memoir that focuses on Billy Crystal's early life. His father died when Billy was only 15 and the 700 Sundays refers to the father-son time that they had in those 15 years. Crystal grew up surrounded by love from a strong, caring family. It's no surprise that he's as grounded and kind as he is today. Sweet read. ...more
Laura Long
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So relatable, funny, down to earth. Made me think about my own family
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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Leah K
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
700 Sundays by Billy Crystal
182 pages

★★★★

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 befor
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Ron Ecklebarger
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, comedy
700 Sundays are not a lot for a boy to have with his father. Yet that is how many Sundays Billy Crystal had with his. Billy tells us the story of his life through the lens of the Sundays he had with his dad. Jack, Billy’s dad, managed the Commodore Music Shop on 42nd Street between Lexington and Third in New York City. On Friday and Saturday nights, Jack produced free jazz concerts. So Sundays were the day Billy spend with his dad.

For me, one of the best parts is where Billy talks about his two
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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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Cheryl
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Charming little memoir by Billy Crystal, focusing mainly on his family life, including the roughly 700 Sundays he got to spend with his father before he died. Fascinating glimpses into his childhood and his connections to the greats of jazz and baseball, including meeting Mickey Mantle at the first game he attended and seeing his first movie in a theater at age 5 seated on the lap of Billie Holliday (that movie, incidentally, was Shane, with Jack Palance, who later co-starred with Billy Crystal ...more
Nancy Rossman
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a sweet breath of fresh air, a few laughs, a remarkable family life for the background of an entertainer. I loved the reminisces more than the laughs. And then, I have to say something about all the comedians who write their memoirs. It's the delivery that makes them work, makes them a comedian. Sure you need great lines...and there were some in this little book but not as much as you might think. On paper, for the reader...they fall flat. This wasn't nearly as fun and riotous as readin ...more
Lain
Nov 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
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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Austen_Wodehouse
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Billy Crysta's memoir in book form of his Tony award winning one man show about growing up in New York. The title refers to the number of Sundays that he had with his father before his untimely passing when Billy was fifteen years old. In that decade and a half Billy's father, through his work, helped to not only nourish the entertainer's talent but to also introduce him to some of the greatest performers of the mid 20th century. While a memoir whose title is reflective of a poignant moment coul ...more
Cait
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
.......
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
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Gerald Curtis
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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♥ Sandi ❣
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warm, funny, personal and eye opening story of Billy Crystals early life. It tells of the tragedy, heartbreak and fascination of living in the 40's and 50's. As you meet Billy's family you are drawn into his eclectic young life. It is surprising the number of contributions to the music business that came from the Crystal family.

700 Sundays was the length of time Billy had his father - alive. There is a play of the same name, starring Billy Crystal.

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Joye Fulgirl
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm guessing this would be even better as the show he did on stage, but it was still really good as a book. It is simply Billy Crystal talking about his family, about growing up, and especially about the special moments he had with his dad. Because it's Billy Crystal it is tremendously funny, but it is also very moving and at times deeply sad. Definitely worth the read (as long as you're prepared to face bittersweet moments, as that is what life is all about.) ...more
Joanne-in-Canada
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
This is a memoir of Billy Crystal' s extended family. Some of it is funny. Some of it is very interesting (i.e. the musical and show business connections of his father and uncles). Much of it is sentimental. It's a short book and I enjoyed it for the most part. ...more
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William Jacob Crystal is a Golden Globe Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American actor, writer, producer, comedian, and film director. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Richard Mulligan's & Cathryn Damon's TV son, Jodie Dallas, on the ABC comedy-drama, Soap, and became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the box office successes When Harry Met Sal ...more

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