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Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. [Hardcover]

Rob Delaney
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12 Dec 2013
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY E! ONLINE
Funniest Person on Twitter—Comedy Central Comedy Awards

Who is that hairy guy in the green Speedo?
 
Rob Delaney is a father, a husband, a comedian, a writer. He is the author of an endless stream of beautiful, insane jokes on Twitter. He is sober. He is sometimes brave. He speaks French. He loves women with abundant pubic hair and saggy naturals. He has bungee jumped off of the Manhattan Bridge. He enjoys antagonizing political figures. He listens to metal while he works out. He likes to fart. He broke into an abandoned mental hospital with his mother. He played Sir Lancelot in Camelot. He has battled depression. He is funny as s***. He cleans up well. He is friends with Margaret Atwood. He is lucky to be alive.
 
Read these hilarious and heartbreaking true stories and learn how Rob came to be the man he is today.

Praise for Rob Delaney
 
“Hilarious, raw.”Rolling Stone
 
“Unlike some books by comics, [Rob] Delaney’s volume offers a rich, deeply considered (and yes, funny) look at his life, from jumping off a bridge to crashing a car while drunk to getting and staying sober while other friends died trying. A great read by any standard, but even more so for including stories about needing (and failing) to find a bathroom while jogging.”—E! Online
 
“One of the most hilarious bundles of words we have ever read.”Vice
 
“A book as funny, sincere, weird, wet, and wonderful as Rob Delaney himself.”—Jimmy Kimmel
 
“Heart-wrenchingly true tales exuding self-effacing whimsy and smart-guy charm . . . There are plenty of books by male comedians about being drunk and stupid and depressed and getting out of the hole they dug for themselves, but this book feels like you are reading the account told by a grownup who actually learned something about himself worthy enough to share in book form.”Splitsider
 
“Delaney has a knack for pinpointing what’s hilarious and sad about adolescent bed-wetting and his own abundant body hair, but somehow the darkest chapters [in this book] make you laugh hardest.”Entertainment Weekly
 
“Rob Delaney has done it again! Actually, this is his first book, so he has not ‘done it again.’ Actually, this book is so good, I doubt he will be able to do it again. He’s peaked.”—Judd Apatow

“Rob’s transition from tweets to book is like a gold medal sprinter winning the marathon the next day. I am jealous and angry.”—Seth Meyers

“WARNING: This book may cause involuntary seepage. Some funny, funny, funny, funny s*** from the most dangerous man on Twitter. The fact that he’s just as funny in long form makes me want to vomit with envy.”—Anthony Bourdain

“All it takes to be as funny as Rob Delaney is luck, good timing, deep compassion, reckless imaginative agility, a flawless grasp of the inner workings of language, and criminally vast quantities of mojo. What a jerk.”—Teju Cole, author of Open City

“Surprisingly moving . . . The chapter about visiting the abandoned Danvers State Hospital—infamous for carrying out countless lobotomies in the twentieth century—is worth reading on its own for the empathy it evokes for the casualties of early mental health treatment. Candid and conversational, this memoir shows there’s more to Delaney than pithy tweets.”Kirkus Reviews


Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (12 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081299308X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812993080
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,305,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rob Delaney has done it again! Actually, this is his first book, so he has not 'done it again.' Actually, this book is so good, I doubt he will be able to do it again. He's peaked (Judd Apatow)

WARNING: This book may cause involuntary seepage. Some funny, funny, funny, funny s*** from the most dangerous man on Twitter. The fact that he's just as funny in long form makes me want to vomit with envy (Anthony Bourdain)

All it takes to be as funny as Rob Delaney is luck, good timing, deep compassion, reckless imaginative agility, a flawless grasp of the inner workings of language, and criminally vast quantities of mojo. What a jerk (Teju Cole, author of OPEN CITY) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Who is that hairy guy in the green Speedo? --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars moist 20 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Rob is a wonderful man.
If I could pick 140 characters to be in my life, he would be all of them.
The only person in the world I want to simultaneously have as my father and kiss.
The pages smell good, like they were dyed in Delaney's juices.
There was even a hair stuck in one of the pages, it probably wasn't one of his.
I like how easy it would be to Photoshop the cover.
One time I laughed so hard I started sweating.
I have not yet read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SPEEDO READING 15 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you have ever seen Rob Delaney live or follow him on Twitter, it might terrify you to take this book into your bedroom at night, and if like me you don't get to sleep by reading hilarious books, then take it to the pool or the garden or the igloo (depending where you live), because you'll disturb people with your agressive snorting, laughter and tears. He doesn't warn you about the tears, but I am warning you now. You have a 98.6% chance of sobbing.

Rob's journey includes depression and alcoholism, so of course he handles these subjects with comedic wit, but also with an abundance of warmth and honesty.

I smiled a lot. And then I smiled some more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, very good, yes 22 Jun 2014
By Ramzi
Format:Paperback
Once I finished this book I started reading I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and this book still wasn't terrible in comparison, so there you go.

A brilliant book that finds the right mix between depth, warmth, readability and hilarity. Several of the images conjured by his stories will last with me for a considerable time, making me laugh whenever they come into my mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for reading on public transport 7 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As you do tend to snort out laughing repeatedly, and people might think you're a mental case. Great book, would definitely recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 25 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Robs honesty and wit make this an outstanding book. If you've ever suffered from depression or alcoholism, it will be a more pertinent read. In my opinion, an important book, and a beautiful man.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average. Sorry Rob. 25 April 2014
By James
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It was okay. It wasn't structured very well and wasn't as funny as Rob usually is. Maybe that's just me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay. 17 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A fairly decent book. I will admit that it picks up towards the end, the first few chapters being a bit mudane. A lot of his stories are recycled from his comedy act and TV interviews, so it would be preferable to read with 'fresh eyes'. The chapter about bedwetting was not very amusing. A sense of 'trying too hard' is my impression of the book. His book writing skills do not tally with his joke-writing skills - but I have read worse books.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jokes, keep coming 7 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover
When the book arrived, I came immediately, to pick it up off the doormat and read it. I couldn't put it down, even though I was firing hot ropes of appreciation out of my dong for the open and honest writing. If you think Rob is funny within the character restriction of tweets, then magnify that by 189 pages of text! Wow, terrific!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A great book which shows the highs and lows of Robs life from jumping off a bridge in New York to entering rehab. Every story will keep you interested and a easy read
Published 5 months ago by TomR
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this book (I hate you, Rob Delaney)
A selection of essays as often moving as funny. Delaney's wit is well known by now, however his ability to illuminate the dark heart of addiction and the struggle through recovery... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lorna McCulloch
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I loved this book, really very funny and clever, but poignant in places too. Mr D is a great talent.
Published 6 months ago by EJG
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh boy
This will please your dad hole to the point of climax.
If you enjoy words (their great), and if you enjoy words strung together to produce sentences that, while pleasing on... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sean Hanlon
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me cry in public.
I thought I'd get the kindle version of this to read when I was on a journey from France to England and back by trains. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Miss C J Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious
I've always been a fan of Rob Delaney's; I've seen him live numerous times and his Tweets are hilarious/offensive. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Shah
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, In two ways.
Though the raw contents of this book alone are hilarious enough to reduce a 6''2 man to fits of tears deemed ''inappropriate'' and '' annoying at 2AM'' by his family, once you know... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rory Partridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
I really enjoyed this book, I found it very funny and insightful. I would highly recommended. I found rob very open about a lot of his life and that he didn't hold back. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Adam30
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