Last night I was looking around for something to read and was searching the library’s digital collection when I came across a book entitled, Sh*t My Dad Says. The title alone was intriguing and – knowing very little about the book – I downloaded it and began reading. To say that it’s exactly what I needed right now is putting it mildly. With the winter weather droning on and on, I was in need of something light and humorous to lift my spirits. This was definitely the book for that!!
Sh*t My Dad Says is a work of non-fiction anecdotal humor about a young man growing up with a father that has no “filter” on what not to say. At one point, the author refers to his father as being the least passive aggressive person he’s ever known. If his father is thinking it, it will come tumbling out of his mouth.
Justin Halpern’s book isn’t quite a memoir so much as it is a series of anecdotes on life through his father’s eyes….and it is absolutely laugh-out-loud hilarious! More than once I caught myself reading a passage that was so funny that I was caught in a fit of giggles with tears streaming down my face. It’s that funny!
A word of caution to the reader, however: when I say that Halpern’s father has no “filter,” I mean that he not only has no filter on his thoughts, but none on his language either. The language can be a bit raw, and that can be a bit of a turnoff. If the reader can get past the language, though, the book is absolutely hilarious and is a wonderful tribute to all of our parents who embarrass us in their own unique ways.
This book is available at the Rochester Public Library in traditional format, and through downloadable e-book format.