Sh*t My Dad Says
June 3, 2010 4 Comments
Every once in a while, I find a book that I simply must recommend, one that I believe the masses would enjoy, not gender specific.
Last fall, I recommended “How To Be Canadian.” I still chuckle at it. Great little book. I still say you should read it, if you haven’t. Heck, I got Old Iron to and he laughed!
Anyhow, I totally digressed there.
Back on track…
This time, I am going to recommend a different book.
It’s called: “Sh*t My Dad Says” by Justin Halpern.
His bio goes as such:
After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him:
Pick your furniture like you pick a wife: It should make you feel comfortable and look nice, but not so nice that if someone walks past it they want to steal it.
Do people your age know how to comb their hair? It looks like two squirrels crawled on their heads and started fucking.
The worst thing you can be is a liar….Okay, fine, yes, the worst thing you can be is a Nazi, but then number two is liar. Nazi one, liar two.
More than a million people now follow Mr. Halpern’s philosophical musings on Twitter, and in this book, his son weaves a brilliantly funny, touching coming-of-age memoir around the best of his quotes. An all-American story that unfolds on the Little League field, in Denny’s, during excruciating family road trips, and, most frequently, in the Halperns’ kitchen over bowls of Grape-Nuts, Sh*t My Dad Says is a chaotic, hilarious, true portrait of a father-son relationship from a major new comic voice.
But for those of you who are real, genuine book lovers and love the hard cover/paper back books – definitely worth buying the book. My cousin showed it to me while at her ‘cottage’ this past weekend. And yes – let it be noted: it’s crude. It’s brash. It’s not even kid friendly, really. But this old man will steal your heart and make you laugh out loud, and see the wisdom thru his harsh ways.
The best part of this whole experience for Justin is (my personal opinion): a sitcom staring William Shatner is being developed about these two characters, Bill as the dad. Perhaps this might be my new favorite TV show yet…
How the American networks will weave around the cursing shall prove to be interesting – and perhaps might take away the authenticity of the real, Sam Halpern.
Time will tell – but I am very interested in this project.
Hope you find it as good as I do!
In the meantime, happy reading… good laughter… and maybe a tear or two along the way!