Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours
A funny and intimate look at fatherhood from the actor and writer/director of The Boss and Tammy that combines stories about his own larger-than-life dad and how his experiences raising two daughters with his wife, Melissa McCarthy, who also penned the Foreword, are shaped by ...more
Have you ever told a story about your family that you know is really funny but no one laughs and you think, "you just had to be there." That is this story. Maybe we just had to be there to appreciate Ben Falcone's Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours.
I have a deep love of celebrity memoirs, especially from comedic writers (See: A Very Punchable Face). However, more often than not, they fall flat on their faces (See: My Squirrel Days). Still, I knew that ...more
Overall, I think this book is great. The stories involving Ben’s childhood are pretty hilarious. The story when his mom puts on the sombrero is probably my favorite. I also find it extremely refreshing that instead of Ben Falcone writing about himself in a way that would say ‘Hey, I’m famous now, th ...more
2017; Day Street Books/HarperCollins
I was not able to get into Falcome's writing style (or humour). This may work better as a stand up routine or an audiobook format. As a book it was too simplistic and lacked editing (though this could be due to the eARC).
***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.*** ...more
In her foreword, Melissa McCarthy lets us know that her husband’s greatest attributes are his “gentle kindness and supreme weirdness.” All of Be ...more
In this short memoir, Falcone is just a simple, nervous guy from ...more
I quite enjoyed this. It was a light, quick read. It's as much about his being a parent, as it is about his own childhood experiences with family. He seems to have had an interesting family group growing up, and I quite enjoyed reading his telling of that world. What an entertaining group.
The chapters are very short, so if you want something to pick up for short intervals, this will do the trick. I read it straight through in...more
What an amazing mirror! Ben Falcone shows us his dad, while mirroring his own quest to be the weird dad for his children. Weird is often good---it is certainly different.
Being raised with a father who swears (been there---"Just hear it, don't say it") and one whom we fear at times but also find hysterical. Laughing, loving and sharing. Ben shares his story of growing up in a house where his mother was the main bread winner for most years of his earl ...more
The book is really about Falcone'e memories of his own father and the biggest problem is that Ben holds his own dad up as the example of a great father, but the guy sounds horrible. Falcone's dad allowed them to swear freely, ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. First, I am not a man nor a parent, so I expect that I can't identify with those aspects. Second, for most of the book I was going to rate it a 3 star, but then the end of the book just Zapped Me!, so 4 stars. The writing is definitely better at the end. I attribute this to the fact that more emotion is involved.
This is a great tribute to Falone's dad. I love that he wanted to honor his dad th ...more
Mr. Falcone takes us back to his youth in Carbondale, Illi ...more
The amount of information conveyed by the book is very low but it is only 216 pages so that is part of it. I like how the book is setup in extremely short chapters because I could read a whole chapter every time I picked it up, even if I did only read 3 pages.
If you ever read your reviews, Ben, know that I believe you captured your father perfectly! He was my absolute favorite ...more
I liked the writing st ...more
This book was hilarious. It's a collection of short chapters about his childhood and his fatherhood--experiencing the parent-child relationship from both sides. I enjoyed the fun stories (my favorites are "ripping off the Band-Aid" and the breakfast conversation that freaked him out). This is a light read, great for summer. I just wish I'd seen more about his wife Melissa McCarthy--I know his theme for this b ...more
The book is sort of organized in a series of lessons, though I am not so sure all of these stories quite manage to portray these lessons. They were amusing som ...more