Thursday, May 15, 2014
Book Review - Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees...and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have
About the Book
Bill Geist--the beloved, award-winning, long-time special correspondent for "CBS: Sunday Morning," whose debut Little League Confidential was a New York Times bestseller in hardcover and paper--and Willie Geist, the Today Show host, popular member of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," and author of the best-selling American Freak Show--have begun an extended conversation between father and son on areas of mutual interest, agreement, and disagreement.
Told in a unique back-and-forth banter style, the hilarious father-son team will laugh together at the shared journey of their relationship. They'll riff on fatherhood, religion, music, sports, summer camp disasters, driving lessons gone horribly wrong, being on TV, and their wonderfully odd family life. Think Big Russ and Me (May 2010, 345,829 net per bookscan) meets S*** My Dad Says, with humorous observations about professional wrestling as a worldview, raising a kid with television cameras in the kitchen, and anything and everything else that comes to their witty minds.
The Geists decided to write this book so their children and grandchildren would have a record of their unusual father-son relationship. The book is remarkably funny, as well as poignant and sincere, especially in light of Bill's announcement that he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's. With its lighthearted look at the crazy things fathers and sons go through and the unique bond those experiences forge, the book is sure to be a must-have gift for Father's Day.
My Take on the Book
I have enjoyed watching both of these great reporters over the years and actually never even realized that they were related until hearing about this book. I loved how this book was put together ad the authors take a lighthearted look at the bond between parent and child. The book is not all laughs, but it does show the wonderful relationship that father and son have while still sharing perspectives between both of them. I liked the style and the bantering nature of the book itself, as it made the book fun and engaging. I could actually see my own father and I having a similar banter between each other. All-in-all this was a well written book that any parent and child will enjoy!
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