PARENTS: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME
Greg Fitzsimmons has made a lot of what appear to be bad decisions. It's what he was raised to do. Most parents would hide or destroy any evidence so clearly demonstrating their child's failures, but - lucky for us - Greg Fitzsimmons's family has preserved each mistake in its original envelope like a trophy in a case, lest he ever forget where he came from.
Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons is Greg's life, told through this cavalcade of disciplinary letters, incident reports, and newspaper clippings that his parents received from teachers and school officials. Greg picks up where his parents left off with his own collection of letters received during college and throughout his successful career as a writer, producer, and stand-up comic. Revealing the larger story of how Greg's distinctly dysfunctional Irish-American family bred him to blindly challenge anyone, anytime, anywhere, over anything, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons comes full circle to show that the Fitzsimmons torch has been passed on proudly to a new generation.
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Linda in Omaha
Funny man gives insight into his life growing up in an Irish family, and his life as an adult. I found myself laughing out loud a lot while enjoying this book. Good, clean, light humor. Would recommend it to just about everyone.
No, but just because I listen religiously to his podcast which I like even better than this audiobook
My favorite character was a man that Greg encountered in the woods. I think he may wish things ended differently on that day.
My favorite scene was one that involved an incident of vandalism that Greg perpetrated in a parking garage after a douche-bag parking attendant tried to make him pay the maximum because he lost his ticket, even though he had only been there for 10 minutes.
Letters from the closet
This book is filled with great stories. Some everyone can relate to, and others that no well adjusted person would ever find themselves in those situations. I only know him from his podcasts and standup, and now this book. I was worried that this would just be a rehash of all the stories he recounts on his podcasts. It was not. There were a few, don't get me wrong. But not very many, and those that were already told...were told a bit more dramatically than I had heard recanted before. Great read, if you've got this and Bossy Pants on your playlist it's gonna be tough to choose which you listen to first.
Say something about yourself!
This was just okay for me. I liked it enough to finish it and it was not difficult to get through. My problem was that I had expected it to be a lot funnier than it was. There were parts that made me laugh out loud, but unfortunately, there were few of those moments. I had never heard of him before I listened to this, so maybe that had something to do with my feelings towards the book; I also didn't find anything extraordinary about the story itself.
I like him. He told some stories that were not necessarily the most flattering to him but explained a lot about him. It was funny and honest. It also had some stories that were a more emotional topic but were not sappy. It was a book that both me and women could laugh at and relate to.
lets just pretend this never happend by Jennifer lawson
Autobiography of a Fat bride - Laurie Notaro
Roseanarchy - Roseanne
it sounds more honest when he tells it because he doesn't sound like he is reading it just telling to you the story from memory.
His poor mother
This book offers little - unless you're interested in the oral history of the Fitzsimmons Family. Large chunks of the narrative are spent reciting who married who, where they lived and what an ancestor was like. The jokes are rare and not that funny when they arrive. A letter will be read on occasion, but they're not worth the wait.
I bought this book to amuse myself while doing yard work. It was truly a waste of my money.
I'd never heard of the author before reading the book, but chose it because I liked the premise of building the story around letters to his mom. His childhood wasn't wildly dysfunctional enough to make for a great story ( like 'Running with Scissors' or ' The Glass Castle') and when it comes to writing, let's just say he's no Michael Perry, who can make you laugh out loud on one page and move you to tears on the next. If I was already a fan of Greg Fitzsimmons, I might have liked the book more.
A man like any other. Only more so.
Different production technique or maybe a different narrator.
Since the author is a seasoned performer I'll have to assume the the way he was recorded is why hie voice got so irritating after a while.
it is a unique story
this 1 stands above
Greg defending his sister Deidre
Greg giving up the booze..we have hope
i hope he does another..we are worrid about his dtr/ JoJo
I listened to Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, which is also a memoir about a self destructive alcoholic family. I guess I'm stuck in a bit of rut in that regard. If you want to listen to something in this genre I recommend Alexie's book.
The author is a professional comedian, so he does a great job reading it.
It has some funny parts. Probably the best part is at the end where he talks about his daughter.
It seems often that comedians are really serious underneath and this book is mostly about serious self analysis. And so it is unfortunately boring. There are very few jokes, but there are a few funny stories. I wish he had more of his stand up in it to break it up. I was mostly bored and probably wouldn't have made it through except that I had a six hour flight and nothing else to listen to.
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