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Livin' La Vida Papa [Kindle Edition]

David McAfee
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At the time my son came along, I already had a 16-year-old daughter who was almost grown and out of the house. I thought my work was done. Apparently not. So now, at 38, here I am starting over. New baby, new family, same old me. Except for one thing: this time, I get a front-row seat to everything. Diapers, teething, early morning feedings…I get to experience it all as I stay home to raise my son. If you’ve ever wondered what the life of a stay-at-home parent is really like, here is your answer.

But fair warning: if you are looking for a cute, fuzzy book about raising children with bunnies and rainbows, then you need to keep walkin’. This book is based in reality. If happy little bunnies are your preference, I would recommend reading some old Family Circus books by Bil Keane. Livin’ La Vida Papa is full of humorous stories and tips lifted from my real life experiences as a stay-at-home dad, including plenty of examples of things you probably shouldn’t do.

Whatever you do, DON’T mistake this for a parenting book. I don’t need that on my conscience.

LANGUAGE WARNING: Contains words you would never want to hear come from your toddler’s mouth. So don’t let your kids read it.


WHO THE HECK IS DAVID MCAFEE?

David McAfee is a world-renowned author of horror fiction and treatises on Nuclear Physics. His missionary work in the Congo has twice earned him a nomination for the Nobel Prize, which he has yet to win. When he does, it will go right on his wall alongside his Congressional Medal of Honor and framed certificate of completion from Mrs. Potter’s 4th Grade Class. (Go Potts!)

His horror novels have been translated into a hundred and thirty-two languages (including French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, and Klingon) and have sold over a hundred million copies in 84 countries around the world, as well as a few on the International Space Station. At the time of this writing, he is raking in the dough at a rate of approximately eight figures each month and dodging calls from dozens of supermodels who, for some reason, want to marry him.

All of which give him the commercial and personal clout to write his own bio.


"Reading [McAfee's] latest just solidified for me what I've been saying for years: I don't want kids, because I'll end up just like him." ~~ Sean Sweeney, author of the AGENT thriller series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MFGGK0
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great slice-of-life 9 Jan 2012
By JOA
Format:Kindle Edition
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Being a father, I understand the parental duty. However, given the fact I've always had a job, I don't have a clue what it would be like to be a stay-at-home dad.

And now here comes Louis Mack, in his hilariously real Livin' La Vida Papa, to fill in those gaps.

This is a tight and amusing read, as the author--who is himself a rather well known horror novelist writing under a pseudonym--intersperses bits of his personal experience in raising his daughter and infant son between offering advice to young parents that is surprisingly sincere despite its mirth...or perhaps because of it.

Each personal anecdote is humorous and sometimes gag-inducing, while at the same time imparting a sort of innocence and sense of self-exploration that is refreshing. It's a short read as well, one you can read in perhaps a couple hours. This briskness allows the words to pack an even greater punch than they would have if this was some four-hundred page magnum opus.

So yeah, Livin' La Vida Papa is a darn good experience. I recommend it to young fathers, to writers who falsely assume that if they were just able to stay home all day they'd get that much more accomplished, and, well, just about everyone else. It's funny and heartfelt, and no matter what, you're guaranteed to come out of the experience with at least one story you can rest assured no one else will have heard of.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Few misses, mostly laughs. 16 Jan 2012
By David Dalglish - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Livin' la Vida Papa tries very hard to be funny. Most of the time it works, though appropriately enough, it is when Louis Mack is just letting the stories tell themselves that the humor really shows. The general idea is Louis is now a stay-at-home dad, and trying to deal with all trauma and tortures of raising a newborn alone.

And when I say trauma and tortures, I mean it. Because that's the best part of this book. Anyone who has had kids will relate immediately to these stories, always told in a brutally honest yet light-hearted form. There's a few that feel like old comedy routines (can you believe how much babies poop?) yet when he focuses on the situation at hand (holding a wet wipe beneath a baby's butt to catch the poop that is escaping due to failed diaper preparation, so pun intended) the stories are so much better. Just as good are the more serious aspects conveyed, even if only gently: the frustration and loneliness of having nothing but a tiny, pooping, eating machine to serve as all form of social interaction for hours and hours each day.

Not all the jokes work, and sometimes Louis goes on a bit about stuff, my nagging suspicion being just to pad the length of the collection, but overall the stories are great, *especially* the very last one. That story alone, involving a confusion over the real name of laffy taffy, is worth the very cheap price of admission.

*note: I was given a free review copy of this book*
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great slice-of-life 9 Jan 2012
By JOA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Being a father, I understand the parental duty. However, given the fact I've always had a job, I don't have a clue what it would be like to be a stay-at-home dad.

And now here comes Louis Mack, in his hilariously real Livin' La Vida Papa, to fill in those gaps.

This is a tight and amusing read, as the author--who is himself a rather well known horror novelist writing under a pseudonym--intersperses bits of his personal experience in raising his daughter and infant son between offering advice to young parents that is surprisingly sincere despite its mirth...or perhaps because of it.

Each personal anecdote is humorous and sometimes gag-inducing, while at the same time imparting a sort of innocence and sense of self-exploration that is refreshing. It's a short read as well, one you can read in perhaps a couple hours. This briskness allows the words to pack an even greater punch than they would have if this was some four-hundred page magnum opus.

So yeah, Livin' La Vida Papa is a darn good experience. I recommend it to young fathers, to writers who falsely assume that if they were just able to stay home all day they'd get that much more accomplished, and, well, just about everyone else. It's funny and heartfelt, and no matter what, you're guaranteed to come out of the experience with at least one story you can rest assured no one else will have heard of.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing... 12 Oct 2012
By D. Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a book I'd have liked there to be more of. The funny stories are funny, even if you've heard them before from other parents, and the author is unapologetic in noting that he believes the joys of fatherhood might be slightly over-rated when dealing with an age where the major activities are eating, sleeping, and pooping. I'd recommend it to any new father who feels overwhelmed, if only to let him know he's not alone. I only wish the author had more stories.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mack knows fatherhood 16 Dec 2011
By Sean M. Sweeney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this new tale by the immortal Louis Mack -- I mean, who hasn't heard of Louis Mack's fantastic work? -- in only a few hours, and it only solidifies what I've believed for years... I don't want kids.

Mack takes the reader into his own little Tennessean world as he reveals the trials and tribulations of parenthood. From surprise No. 2 to using No. 2 as art supplies, you'll either cringe or laugh your hiney off. But don't forget to put the baby wipe over yourself just in case you start to pee.
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed and laughed 4 April 2014
By Nicola Dee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a book about David McAfee being a parent. I laughed so much that my stomach ached. His writing is sharp and witty but it's the stories and how they are described that makes this book worth reading. I don't have children but love the author and was interested to see how he'd fare as a non-horror writer. AMAZING. Loved every page.
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