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Sh*t My Dad Says

A book by Justin Halpern.

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Uneven but Overall Fun, Hilarious Look at a Father/Son Relationship

  • Oct 20, 2010
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At the age of 28, writer Justin Halpern moves back home with his parents. One day, after his Dad was rather prophetic concerning their dog's bodily function, Halpern used the quote as his instant messaging away message. Friends suggested that he create a Twitter page and post the daily musings. As the number of followers to his Twitter page rose rapidly, Halpern was pursued by literary agents, TV producers, and reporters. The result of all of those tweets was this book and a television show.

If you have followed Halpern's Twitter account, you will be familiar with the quotes in the book. They are funny. However, to fill 158 pages, Halpern fills in the blanks, providing the reader with Dad's background, job, and more. He is quite an individual. Born into poverty in rural Kentucky, he qualified as a doctor, serves in Vietnam, and goes on to be a respected cancer specialist who's lectures at medical conferences are attended by hundreds of oncologists. The senior Halpern has earned the right to be as caustic as he wants to be; he has lived through a lot to get to this point in his life. While Halpern senior's quotes are quite hilarious, Justin makes it clear that he will do anything to help his kids succeed. It's just that Dad has a "unique" view and interesting use of the English language.

The book lags in places, but it is an easy, quick read (and may not be suitable for reading in public due to laugh out loud moments). Because the book it isn't all fun and games, the serious anecdotes keep it from being one dimensional. This book is more than just a collection of Dad's quotes, it is about a father, a son, and their relationship. But pass if you are easily offended by language.

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January 08, 2011
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November 07, 2010
Great review, Gregg! It's a creative idea for a Twitter account, that's for sure. I wish my father said random stuff that I could tweet too. He's too religious for that, lol! I guess everyone will have to settle for boring old me. Keep up the fantastic reviews!
 
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review by . September 18, 2010
Pros: Funny and relatable – provided your dad says amusing sh*t      Cons: Nope.      The Bottom Line: Selling like hotcakes. We couldn't keep any in the store for a while, and we're about to run out again. That should tell you how good it is.      We're not talking Dostoyevsky here.  This isn't high class literature or even serious nuggets of wisdom.  This is Justin Halpern's dad, Sam Halpern.  …
review by . December 16, 2010
Fathers and sons
 Sh*t My Dad Says is billed all over the net as hilarious, and now has its own TV spin off. I haven't seen the TV show, but just having finished the book, I'm left wondering what all the cheering's about. Justin Halpern has written a memoir about life with his father, a brilliant medical researcher who strangely expresses himself at home with the vocabulary of a frat boy. Take away all the instances of the f bomb, "bullsh*t", and the references to "jer*ing off", …
review by . April 07, 2011
This is a very funny book. As the title of my review says, I laughed from beginning to end. Every so often I just had to disturb my wife with one of the quotes from the book, at which she laughed also.      There's no question that the author's father's comments were often littered with profanity, but take out the swear words and there was a lot of good advice contained in them. Even though he hollered a lot at his son, as the book shows he really loved him and cared …
review by . October 18, 2010
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** BAD LANGUAGE AHEAD! ** REVIEW RATED R **      Funny books are hard to come by for some reason, and this one has to rank as one of the funniest I've read in years. In terms of gaging where it lies on the comedic landscape, if you thought Les Grossman was the funniest part of Tropic Thunder - and you thought Tropic Thunder was a good movie - I can safely predict you'll be laughing yourself to tears reading this. I'm still suffering from the stomach cramps it caused …
review by . July 11, 2010
This book is a collection of random one-liners of a true grumpy old man, recorded by his son. Topics range from pop culture to sports and the laziness of said son. If you like Family Guy or Married With Children this book is for you. The sarcasm and gruff are hilarious. This is a great book to have lying around for friends to pick up and flip through. There's laughs on every page. It would make a great father's day present or birthday gift for your own sarcastic dad. Just be sure it doesn't …
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I have no idea why I'm sopping wet in this photo, but I'm going to guess it's because I rolled in something filthy or spilled something on myself. Hosing me down was my dad’s favorite method for cleaning me off. Here I am with my dad in his garden, which he adores and whose upkeep he takes very seriously. "It's my first love, besides your mother and horse racing. And you and your brothers, too, I suppose," he’s said. My dad used to carry me on his shoulders quite a bit when I was a child--until the time I accidentally urinated on him while I was up there. We were at a neighbor’s house and he quickly ran outside, threw me off, ripped off his shirt, then hosed me down like he was from the CDC and I'd come in contact with the Ebola Virus.

My dad is an avid reader, and all throughout my childhood he’d come home after working for 12 hours and we’d sit on the couch and read together. My family’s trip to the Grand Canyon in 1983 was one of only two family vacations we took. It coincided with the time when my dad started to lose his hair, and decided he'd wear hats to mask his increasing baldness. It wasn’t long before he changed his tune, tossed the caps, and decided he didn’t care what anyone else thought.

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ISBN-10: 0061992704
ISBN-13: 978-0061992704
Author: Justin Halpern
Genre: Humor
Publisher: It Books
Date Published: May 04, 2010
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