Dad is Fat
Crown Archetype, 2013
In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills (“they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news”), to the eating habits of four year olds (“there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor”). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby’s Fatherhood, Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.
I’m not an audiobook person. I just get bored and my mind wanders, and then I lose track of what is going on in the story, and I have to start the track over, and then I hear the same thing twice and get bored, and miss the same part again.
However, I heard really good things about the Serial podcast and thought I would give it a try. I was hooked. I found a listening balance while driving in my car. So I wasn’t in the mood to switch back to music after finishing Serial... and decided to give Dad is Fat on audio a try.
They may seem like they do not have anything in common - one is podcast, one is a book. One is true crime, one is comedy. However, the both have the same style. They are written like they are talking to a listener. It feels like a conversation.
I absolutely loved this book. I laughed out loud in places, and it mentioned the Black Hills. I loved the stories from before he had his own kids and all of the stories after he had kids. It was fantastic for all adults, parents or non-parents. Hilarious! Give it a try on audio or as a book.