- Gebundene Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Hachette Books (10. Mai 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1401324320
- ISBN-13: 978-1401324322
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,5 x 21,6 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 384.016 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Familyhood (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 10. Mai 2011
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As a seasoned actor, writer, and stand-up comedian, Paul Reiser has appeared in many films and television shows, including co-creating and starring in the critically acclaimed NBC series Mad About You. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Couplehood and the follow-up, Babyhood. His new show, The Paul Reiser Show, is set to air on NBC in 2011. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two kids.
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When it finally arrived at my door today I put down what I was currently reading and dug right in. I have to say, I'm not certain my hopes were entirely met. That isn't to say it wasn't good, or funny. It absolutely was. But I think this book was much different from his others...it was less about humor and more about thoughtful story telling. There seemed to be more nostalgia than laughs. Which, as I said, wasn't a bad thing, just not what I had come to expect from Mr. Reiser. This however, shouldn't have been a surprise. It's been a very long time since his last book came out. He's gone from a new parent to being midway into getting his youngest son out of school. I suppose it was time for the nostalgia to come in.
While I didn't find as many gut busting laugh out loud moments in this book, there were some, and what replaced those moments was something just as fine....something you can relate to no matter what stage of life you're in..the only requirement is that, at some point in your life, you've had a family.
The book illustrates the idea we've all held at some point, that familyhood, the process of being a family is a very delicate, complicated and flawed thing. That no matter how much you try to change the things you felt were wrong in your own family growing up, life will absolutely do all it can to thwart your plans and take your plans and throw them out the window, but that's okay too. It gives you the idea that familyhood isn't so much a destination as a journey, as worn as that sounds....that life is for the living, not the planning..and besides, we have no idea where we're going anyway.
I found this book especially fun to read being in the stage of life that I am now, a parent of a school age child who's finding his own life, apart from mine and my struggles to try to be a parent, but feeling like I'm constantly faced with impossible choices. ....in fact, there is a part in the book where one of his sons announces that he now knows certain cuss words.. this same situation happened with my son literally a few months ago. It was comforting to know I'm not the only one faced with that particular conversation, and all the other conversations that must happen with the ongoing struggle to decide how much is enough, how much is too much and how much is downright neglectful parenting. Again, his answer is there is no answer, you do what you can to keep your family on course as best you can...there'll be some over steer, some under steer, but as long as you maintain the same general direction as you intended, you'll all get where you're supposed to be eventually.
So, in summary, I think you'll really only enjoy this book on 1 condition....if you've ever had, ever thought of having or ever will have your own family.... other than that, skip it.
An amazing actor, he is also an amazing author. He literally gets right down to the nitty gritty of things that make you think what are YOU doing with your life? How is it? Are you making your quota? Are you helping out your family? When I was sitting there reading his book (so while reading his book, I went back and read his other books, just to be on top of things) I was actually revaluating my life! I was thinkng, where has my life gown too, what have I done personally to make my life a living example to my kids (if I ever have any)? He really makes you think about your own life and that what I love about him. His show MAD ABOUT YOU, made me think of my life as well. Good for you Paul Reiser!!
I really, really enjoyed this book. I have been in a book club, who's job it seems, is to pick the most heart-wrenching and heavy stories lately. This book was a deeply needed breath of fresh air. I hope Reiser can find another vehicle to continue reaching out to his audience.
This book covers his family's experiences with the kids in pre-teen ages. Stories rage from a lost cell pone, to trying to get a kid admitted to a very exclusive private school.
And this is one of the things that I like about Reiser's writing. He is able to tell a story about something that I can't really relate to (getting a kid into an exclusive private school) and still make me smile or laugh.
It was only with this book that I thought he took things that were very ordinary (the GPS story or the Luggage) and made them into exaggerated stories that were not funny.
But on the whole, the book made me smile. It was a quick read. A book that I took to the gym and read on the treadmill. I especially liked the honestly in the stories about his dog (and being part of the family) and (a hard subject to tackle in a book that is supposed to be funny) faith.
I have read his entire series, and will not doubt read further books that explore his experiences with life.... Just no more talking GPS please! :)
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