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I didn't ask to be born (but I'm glad I was)
Bill Cosby
Adult Nonfiction PN2287.C632 A3 2011

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Dealing with a defiant teen who refused to clean her room, claiming, "I didn't ask to be born," the 73-year-old Cosby replied, "Neither did I." In his first humor book since Cosbyology (2002) and his dietary digressions in I Am What I Ate (2003), Cosby's observational humor goes into high gear with clever commentaries on everything from erectile dysfunction and social networking to the Bible and bird feeders. He introduces new characters, Peanut Armhouse and Old Mother Harold, and he describes "the strangest flying thing I had ever seen": a blue jay, irritated by a squirrel on a bird feeder, gave it "a giant goosing." and the two went "airborne, with the blue jay's head and shoulders inside the orifice of the squirrel." A lengthy comical centerpiece about the Bible's missing pages is the book's best: "If I went to any of the seven networks and handed them Genesis and said, 'This guy has written a spec outline for a new show,' they'd want to know where the characters are going to be in episode 89 and then pass on the whole project." Along with such topics as Native Americans, Cabbage Patch Dolls, and his love for the Universal horror films of the 1930s, he recalls events from his childhood and teen years, including his first date at age 15. George Booth's funny cartoon illustrations make a fine fit with these amusing essays, all written with the amiable and accessible lightweight lilt Cosby's eager readers expect. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

A better subtitle for this book would be But I Digress. Written in the same fashion as Cosby's highly successful Cosbyology, his latest is a welcome collection of irresistibly funny observations and reminiscences. He writes the way he performs his stand-up comedy-he rambles on but keeps you interested to see whether he eventually returns to his original topic (he does, with his usual finesse). Cosby's storytelling covers his experiences parenting as well as his own childhood memories growing up in Philadelphia in the 1940s; a tirade about the once-popular Cabbage Patch dolls; and his hilarious thoughts on what it must have been like in the Old West (circling the wagons in under eight seconds takes practice!). In the delightful tongue-in-cheek tradition of Mark Twain, Cosby gives his view of what Adam and Eve must have experienced as the world's first husband and wife. VERDICT This is a book with which everyone can identify on some level; it is humor at its best. Highly recommended.-Richard A. Dickey, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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