$#*! My Dad Says is a pretty dang fun book by Justin Halpern. I think most people have heard about this book, and it’s portrayal of being raised in a household led by a brash, hard-headed, but kinda sensitive father, but if you haven’t, you ought to check it out. In picking up the book, I thought it might be a bit too snarky or hip for me, with no real emotional content. Well, I’m glad to report that I was mistaken. The book IS full of wise-ass witticisms ( “You got good friends. I like them. I don’t they they would fuck your girlfriend, if you had one”), but it is also full of emotionally mature moments as well, like the short chapter on the author’s time in Little League.
I liked this book because it made me laugh, was conversationally-written, had a couple lead characters who sometimes I liked/sometimes I didn’t, and for as “light” as it was, still had some emotional weight to it.
Some examples of the wisdom in “$#*! My Dad Says”…
“You thought it was hard? If kindergarten is busting your ass, I got some bad news for about the rest of your life.”
“So he called you a homo. Big deal. There’s nothing wrong with being a homosexual….No, I’m not saying you’re a homosexual. Jesus Christ. Now I’m starting to see why he was giving you shit.”
“Don’t touch that knife, you never need to be holding a knife…I don’t give a shit, learn how to butter stuff with a spoon.”
“You worry too much. East some bacon…What? No, I got no idea if it’ll make you feel better, I just made too much bacon.”
I looked at the list,
kept thinking I could manage,
I could get it done
I looked to the north,
and the clouds marching my way
were most ominous
don’t want to forget
how the lake shimmered that night
with moonlight raining
like so many boons,
her arrival surprised me;
the staying – too brief.