Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas

Tom Papa (Author)


It's hard being a person, especially in a family, and no one knows that better than stand-up comedian, and family man, Tom Papa

How do you deal with a life filled with a whole host of characters and their bizarre, inescapable behavior? Especially when you're related to them? Tom Papa is here to help you make sense of it all. Your Dad Stole My Rake is a hilarious and warm book that saws deep into every branch of the family tree and uncovers the most bizarre and surprisingly meaningful aspects of our lives.

Among the topics covered:
- Tiger Mom v. Ice-Cream Mom
- Stop Trying to Be Cool
- In Defense of Family Vacations
- No Fighting Before Coffee
- Wife Lie Detector
- Your Cat Thinks You're Too Needy
- Just Eat the Bread

Anyone who has a family, grew up in a family, or has spent time with another human being will love this book

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date
May 21, 2019
5.7 X 0.9 X 8.9 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

TOM PAPA is a comedian known for his work in film, television and radio as well as on the live stage. He is the head writer for A Prairie Home Companion, as well as a regular performer on the legendary radio show, which reaches 2.6 million fans weekly. He has recorded three stand-up specials that are all currently streaming and is the host of Baked with Tom Papa on the Food Network. When not touring the country, Tom lives in New York and Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters


"Lauded by fellow comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Gaffigan, Papa will send readers into peals of laughter... At times poignant, always tickling the funny bone, Papa's first book will brighten the most challenging days of toddler- and teenagerhood." --Library Journal (starred review)

"Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas is a collection of essays with laughs on every page." --Bookpage

"A hilarious book about family, from crazy aunts and uncles, loud grandparents, parenting exploits and more. You might not have Tom Papa's relatives, but you'll probably recognize them." --The New York Post

"This book will have your father laughing louder than he does at his own dad jokes." --Bustle

"I have been a close friend of Tom Papa for 17 years. His lack of ability to perceive even the most basic principles of human functioning have made him an invaluable asset to me as a friend and colleague. Because he sees nothing, knows nothing and understands nothing, I always seek his advice for the most complex matters. Furthermore, I would definitely recommend whatever the name of this book is, because I know it comes from a place of pure nonsense without any knowledge of anything. He is really one of my favorite people." - Jerry Seinfeld, author of SeinLanguage

"Finally a funny book about parenting. Great observations. Great writing. Actually funny. I've always known Tom was hysterical, now I know he is a great writer and a fantastic storyteller. Can Tom Papa write all books?" - Jim Gaffigan, author of Dad is Fat

"After reading Tom Papa's book, I have come to these conclusions: No one is more put-upon than Tom Papa. Nobody constructs a story and builds a joke better than Tom Papa. Also, Tom Papa is exhausted. I'm very happy he found the energy to write this hilarious book." - Jane Lynch, author of Happy Accidents

"This book is a miracle of alchemy; with his gift for observation and unique perspective, Tom Papa has spun his meaningless life into comic gold. Ours is not to wonder why--or how--he does this, but instead to rejoice, laugh, and keep paying him in American dollars." - Steven Soderbergh