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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330533452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330533454
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of the funniest and simultaneously rudest men ever (Justin's Dad). The book shows Justin inherited his father's comedy genes and, as well as being very funny, also paints a great story of regular American family life - albeit with added swearing and an obsession with bowel movements.' --Guardian Guide

'Bigoted, rude, filthy - and currently conquering America... Shit My Dad Says encompasses far more, however, than the 118 tweets Halpern has so far put up on his site. A mix of personal reminiscence and self-deprecating humour, the book takes in his childhood, 1980s America, his relationships with his brothers, his failings in Hollywood, giant steaks, drunk college blondes, and, of course, countless scatological jokes: a funny, silly, well-observed tribute to American male-hood. The book is...straight up hilarious, dry and wry and full of vim, thanks, mostly, to the brilliant character of Halpern Snr.' --Sunday Times, Culture Magazine

'A book came out, and last month it hit No 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, edging out Laura Bush's memoir. When Halpern told his father this, the reaction was phlegmatic. 'Trust me,' Halpern Snr said of Bush. 'She doesn't give a fuck. She could have you killed.' --The Observer

'Justin Halpern became a Twitter sensation when he started posting the grouchy, and sometimes profane, comments made by his 73 year old dad. Tweets such as: 'You seen my cell phone? What's it look like? Like two horses (mating). It's a phone, son. It looks like a phone.' --Scotland on Sunday

'Justin's dad says a lot of funny things, and when he decided to update Twitter with some of his old man's pearls of wisdom he became of an overnight sensation. This book includes some of the best quotes from Mr Halpern senior. You will roar with laughter.'
--The Sun

'With a million-plus followers, Justin became a Twitter sensation by posting his grumpy 73-year-old dad's 'wisdom'. Now he's produced a book about their relationship. Is it wrong to kind of wish his dad was our dad too?' --Cosmopolitan

'A chaotic, real-life portrait of a father/son relationship.' --TNT Magazine

'Born off the back of Hapern's Twitter feed, this is a book about his relationship with his father, interwoven with Halpern Sr's pearls of wisdom. For example: "Pick your furniture like you pick a wife; it should make you feel comfortable and look nice, but not so nice that if someone walks past it they want to steal it."' --Shortlist

'Watch out for this gem of a read from 29-year-old Halpern, who started a Twitter page last year on the musings of his father and so created a funny, touching portrait of their relationship. More than 1.3m people subscribe to the page which inspired this book and forthcoming TV show staring William Shatner. It will make you laugh out loud.' --Press Association

'As Justin grows up the book captures the awkward formative moments between father and son - the hangovers, the first break-up and the "sex education" that consisted of Halpern Snr presenting his son with a pile of condoms... Despite this tough love, a sense of deep fondness runs all the way through and ultimately it's the story of a father trying to teach his son right from wrong and bring him up the best way he can. In many ways Halpern Snr is the voice of reason in a world where we spend too long pussy-footing around, fearful of creating offence.' --The Independent:

'At last the book of the greatest Twitter star ever.' --www.sabotagetimes.com

'Sam Halpern is an internet phenomenon. The 73 year old has the cynical observational skills of Larry David. Not for the easily offended, but it's riotously funny.' --News of the World

'A coming of age memoir with a difference. There's unlikely to be another dad on the planet like Sam Halpern...For as long as Justin can recall, his dad has been a ball of profanities, every curse couched in a devastatingly funny insult or observation, intentional or otherwise.' --The List

'This had me in fits of laughter from the moment I picked it up in the bookshop. There's something hysterical on every page.' --Best Comedy book in Time Out's Books of the Year --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Justin Halpern is a screenwriter who has worked in both web, film and television. In late 2007, he was hired to start the comedy website holytaco.com, which, when he left in May of 2009, averaged more than 2 million visitors per month. He is currently developing a television show with CBS based on 'Shit My Dad Says', the Twitter feed which now has 1.4million followers. He is also 29 years old, and still living at home with his dad . . .

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Littlepig Littlepig on 15 Jun. 2010
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I found Justin Halpern's Twitter account quite unexpectedly as I don't usually display any interest in Twitter. A year later his father's quips and one-liners still have the power to make me laugh, but this book wraps them in a more three-dimensional background of family and other characters which gives them context. Rather than detracting from the humour of Mr Halpern's sayings, this adds to their power. I very much enjoyed getting to know Mr Halpern as an individual and learning about the Halpern family dynamic.

Justin Halpern writes with obvious affection and admiration for his family and it's a joy to read. The book is short, but to be honest it didn't need to be any longer; it doesn't pretend to be anything it isn't. If you can ignore the frequent cursing it's a light, pleasant and ultimately uplifting read. I'll be giving it to my father for Father's Day - having warned him about the language first!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 May 2010
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28 year old Justin Halpern broke up with his girlfriend and moved back in with his 73 year old father Sam, a retired doctor, described as "Socrates but angrier". He began tweeting his dad's quotes from day to day and built up a massive online following. And so 21st century publishing continues its natural progression from publishing blogs, podcasts, and now tweets.

What's surprising to someone like me who doesn't use Twitter in coming across this book is how funny Sam Halpern is. Here's a sample of quotes:

On slumber parties: "There's chips in the cabinet and ice-cream in the freezer. Stay away from knives and fire. Okay I've done my part, I'm going to bed."

On receiving straight A's on my report card: "Hot damn! You're a smart kid I don't care what people say about you...I'm kidding, nobody says you're not smart. They say other stuff, but not that."

On finding out I tried marijuana: "Pretty great right? ... Really? Well, we differ in opinion then. Don't tell your mom I said that though. Tell her I yelled at you and called you a moron. Actually don't tell her anything. See, now I'm paranoid and I didn't even smoke any."

Lest anyone think it's a quote book, it's not. There's a chapter of quotes and the next chapter is an anecdote from the past involving Justin and his dad, then another quote chapter, then another memoir chapter, etc. It works really well and gives the book substance.

It's a wonderful book full of laughter and fun that I absolutely loved and I'm sure most people reading this will love it too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Super Drumkit Dominator on 30 July 2010
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This is a quick read with quite a few laugh out loud moments. It takes the format of alternately recounting a story about Justin and his dad and then reeling off a list of twitter sized dialogue fragments. It's good for car journeys or maybe even toilet reading since you can practically dip in and out at any point of the book and have a laugh.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Pete in Wiltshire VINE VOICE on 23 May 2010
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really light-hearted book, so easy to read and very, very funny. I have three books "in the queue" at the moment, then this book arrived and I thought I'd just read the introduction to get a feel for the book. Two sittings and a couple of hours later...

The book is split into chapters which cover the moral spectrum, and generally start off with the author reeling off some anecdote involving his dad, and conclude with several of his dad's one-line witicisms on the subject. Dad seems like a fairly level-headed kind of guy, mostly what he says makes perfect sense, but over and above all this, dad's wisdom is imparted with a healthy dose of humour (and more than a sprinkling of profanity!)

A great read, you'll be done with the book in the space of a couple of days, but will certainly be left with a smile on your face.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Hc Chan on 27 July 2010
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Having read the reviews, I wasn't too worried about risking a few quid on this book. It's brash, uses colourful language but it's all true - in fact I think I can probably relate to some of the quotes in this book. It seriously is laugh out loud stuff and you don't really come across that anymore. I couldn't put this book down and so I finished it almost on a long haul flight. Definitely worth the read if you're open minded and like to read about real life experiences.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By YYY on 8 Aug. 2010
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Let's just say, this item was delivered yesterday, and i finished it today!
It's hilarious and light hearted. You won't want to put it down and makes you pray for a another book that is just as funny!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Brindle VINE VOICE on 1 July 2010
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I hadn't heard of Justin Halpern or the Twitter musings he posted. I selected this book based on what I consider to be a witty and amusing title (let that be a warning!). Essentially this book is little more that a collection of quotes from his prolific father spouting his particular brand of profane zen philosphy hung together with the occasional extended anecdote. His father's refreshing frankness regarding many topics especially ones involving social conventions can be a joy to read and re-read. Some are very funny. Very funny indeed. Having said that his father, if not exactly two-dimensional doesn't really become a fully rounded figure. As the author, Halpern is found wanting. There is a distinct lack of insight into the relationship between the two of them and the rest of the family. Aside from the initial set up and the aforementioned all too rare anecdote there is precious little else that would add an extra dimension and weight to the book.

However, I took this book with me on a short haul flight and after the safety briefing from the cabin crew I opened the book on page 1. The next time I looked up was when I heard a bump, looked out the window and realised we had arrived at our destination!

It's lighthearted, easy to read, very entertaining and has many genuine laugh out loud moments. It's just a pity it wasn't more...
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