Review: You Have to F*cking Eat

You Have to Fucking Eat, Adam Mansbach, Owen Brozman, Illustrator

Amanda & Joshua

Hardcover, 32 pages

Publication: November 12th 2014 by Akashic Books

Source: Print ARC from Publisher


Sometimes, a book comes along that is so profoundly truthful that it defies explanation. The ideas expressed within are so universal in their application that the work elevates from mere text to something approaching scripture.  For us, this is that book.

  Your cute little tummy is rumbling

And pancakes are your favorite treat.

I’m kind of surprised you suddenly hate them.

That’s bullshit.  Stop lying and eat.

Poetic. Fucking. Brilliance. An inspired artistic expression of the existential crisis every parent experiences while out for breakfast at their favorite spot (or what used to be their favorite spot 5 years ago when they still had time to enjoy things like breakfast on a Saturday fucking morning, but I digress) while trying to get junior to shove just one more goddamned bite of french toast or egg or anything to postpone for even five fucking minutes the next cry of “daddy, im hungry”.

This book is not only informative and potentially therapeutic, it is also aesthetically pleasing, with entertaining illustrations to show the importance of EATING YOUR GODDAMNED DINNER! In fact, this book is even enjoyable for children; our daughter liked the pictures in this book so much she picked it up and wandered off to read it on her own.  Oops.  Thankfully, it didn’t end up in her backpack and go to school for her teacher to discover, my sister’s prediction notwithstanding… Maybe she will even f-ing learn something from it!

Seriously, every parent should buy a copy of this for their partner or anyone else who has children in their house.  Fill Christmas stockings with this book!  Let the Chanukah fairy deliver it!  You can read it while you eat your kid’s leftovers for your after-bedtime dinner and drown your sorrows in a glass of wine and a couple muscle relaxers.  Or wait – is that just at our house?

5 stars!

Thank you Akashic Books for this advance copy in exchange for an honest review!

All quotes were taken from an uncorrected galley proof subject to change in the final edition

Book Pairings 2: The Spousal Edition

A while back I posted the first edition of book pairings – books that you really should read together. After I stumbled upon another great pairing, I realized it was time to revisit this topic – this, time with a theme.

  1. March + Little Women


March is the story of Mister March, the father of Louisa May Alcott’s four Little Women, during the year he serves as a chaplain in the Union army. This is pretty clear in the description on the back of the book, only I didn’t pay attention so I didn’t catch this until I started reading. After I finished March (loved it!), I had to revisit Little Women, which I vaguely remember reading at some point. I’m at the halfway point, and, while I understand its long-lived sentimental appeal, I very much appreciate being able to fill in the boring bits with some of the backstory from March. There is more than meets the eye to the March family, according to Geraldine Brooks!

  1. Mrs. Poe + The Raven and Other Poems


Okay, there are a number of Poe works that I could have added to this pair, but, since I’d like this list to include books I might actually get to in the semi-near future, I chose this short, 80-page scholastic collection of Poe poems over an 800-page Poe anthology. You guys, I live down the street from Poe’s honeymoon retreat with his 13-year old cousin. This takes place years later in New York, but I’m still pretty intrigued by this historical fiction. And, if I’m going to read it, I really ought to pair it with some authentic Poe, right?

  1. The Paris Wife + The Sun Also Rises


I definitely stole this one from a comment on my first Book Pairings post (thanks Katie!). I know I read some Hemingway in high school, though I’m pretty sure it was A Farewell to Arms. I’m also fairly certain that I did not enjoy it, but I’m willing to give it another go. After all, I had some questionable taste in high school. So, maybe I’ll start with The Paris Wife and then give ol’ Ernest another shot. Maybe.

Any other pairs about spouses to add to the list?

*Updated 10/24/2014 because I had my facts wrong about Mrs. Poe. The Mrs. Poe in the title is indeed the same cousin that Poe honeymooned in Petersburg with, and was the only woman that Poe married. However, the story centers around Frances Osgood, an alleged mistress, and her relationship with Poe – and with Mrs. Poe.