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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author. 

It’s hard being a person, especially in a family, and no one knows that better than stand-up comedian, family man, and Live from Here head writer and performer, Tom Papa. 

How do you deal with a life filled with a whole host of characters and their bizarre, inescapable behavior? Especially when you’re related to them? Tom Papa is here to help you make sense of it all. Your Dad Stole My Rake is a hilarious and warm audiobook that saws deep into every branch of the family tree and uncovers the most bizarre and surprisingly meaningful aspects of our lives. He exposes everyone, from crazy aunts with mustaches, grandparents who communicate by yelling, and uncles who use marijuana as a condiment. 

Among the topics covered: 

  • Tiger Mom v. Ice-Cream Mom 
  • Stop Trying to Be Cool 
  • In Defense of Family Vacations 
  • No Fighting Before Coffee 
  • Least Popular Baby Names 
  • Wife Lie Detector 
  • Your Cat Thinks You’re Too Needy 

Anyone who has a family, grew up in a family, or has spent time with another human being will love this audiobook.  

©2018 Tom Papa (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"I have been a close friend of Tom Papa for 17 years. His lack of ability to perceive even the most basic principles of human functioning have made him an invaluable asset to me as a friend and colleague.... I would definitely recommend whatever the name of this book is, because I know it comes from a place of pure nonsense without any knowledge of anything. He is really one of my favorite people." (Jerry Seinfeld, comedian and author of SeinLanguage)

"Finally a funny book about parenting. Great observations. Great writing. Actually funny. I've always known Tom was hysterical, now I know he is a great writer and a fantastic storyteller. Can Tom Papa write all books?" (Jim Gaffigan, comedian and author of Dad Is Fat)

"Papa's warm tone and varied timing will draw listeners into the book and enable them to see that, as is the case with most good comedy, there's truth that supports the jokes." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Great For New Fans

To begin, Tom is one of our favorite comedians and we have seen all his specials. That being said, if you have seen his specials this book might be a bit redundant. Much of it is taken from his on stage act and so you are hearing many of the stories/bits he did there.
His new stories are funny and clever and think this is a great first effort for a very talented guy!

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Most enjoyable!

I am so glad I bought this book. I have listened 3 times and I laugh each time!! Wonderful observations. Thoughtful and funny.

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A Piece or Great Americana

This book was meant to be on Audible. Anyone who purchased it to read would do themselves a favor by listening to it. It’s not quite 6 1/2 hours of stand-up comedy, it’s not quite a one man play, it’s something in between...and it’s fantastic! Such frank and poignant insight into many facets of life. I’m sure he’ll upset the social justice warriors out there, but I’m also sure he doesn’t care. Keep it up Tom! Not sure what you have left to write about, but I know I’m gonna listen.

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Some funny, some poignant

I enjoy Tom Papa’s standup. I was surprised that many of the stories were laugh-out-loud funny, but others were a little sad or wistful. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and I was blown away at the overall quality and breadth of his writing. It’s one thing to be funny in person, but sometimes it’s harder to get it to translate on the page. He succeeds.

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love love love so funny

this was incredible. I found myself laughing out loud so many times! tom papa is the greatest

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Entertaining and enjoyable

You won't learn much but laugh along the way. Many funny stories that anybody can relate to or not.

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Listened to it twice

After listening to Tom on Joe Rogan’s podcast (of which I have to use earbuds) I decided to give this book a go. I’ve been rather low in mood as of late and this had me laughing aloud repeatedly. I was also able to listen to it in front of my 7 & 14 year old while cooking. Mr.Papa is a charming and “normal” type personality that had tears rolling down my cheeks from laughter. I loved it and even listened to it a second time so I made sure I caught all of his jokes. Many thanks to the author. As an aside, I listen to a lot of books and podcasts every month and this stands out among supposed “all stars”.

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Pleasantly Surprised

I thought this book would just be silly and funny but what I got was a very rich and deep insightful look into human relationships delivered in a funny way. I was pleasantly surprised. Was only looking for some laughs but got so much more. Made me laugh smile and even cry. Just beautifully done. Will be waiting for another book by him. I hope he does decide to write one. I know my words are not doing justice to how wonderful this book really was.

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Come to Papa

Such a funny book. Easy to listen, makes a funny premise even funnier. I’ve loved Tom Papa for quite awhile and I was very glad to purchase.

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Humor in the details

Tom Papa brings to light all of the small, trivial, hilarious details of family life. Perfect for parents or anyone who has been on a family vacation.