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Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid by Denis Leary

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Denis Leary’s first foray into the publishing world is not only laugh-out-loud funny, but 100% true! His book is a mix of biography, parenting guide, and self-help book all rolled up into one tide volume. He offers some of the most hilarious examples of stupid things kids have done I have ever heard.

I couldn’t help but reminisce about my own childhood growing up in 1970 when he makes references to the “Roger Daltrey” look so popular in his youth that today would just be, well, sad. Wow, was it cool then! His no-holds-barred stories of bullies, big brothers and neighborhood gangs made this book one of the best I have read in 2008. He makes it perfectly clear that he feels kids are too coddled today. Spoiled with their PS3s, iPods and cell phones they lack imagination and discipline. His disapproval of today’s parenting styles is clear and he provides some outrageous examples to back up his theory that kids have it too easy nowadays.

While I don’t disagree with many of his assertions, he does get a little bogged down trying to justify some of his positions, that in fact do not need to be defended. He is not offering an alternative to today’s parenting models, only offering his irreverent take on life in the 21st century.

It is perfectly clear he is proud and humbled by his modest Irish upbringing and is even prouder of raising his own two children with his wife Anne, to whom he has been married for 25 years. Ann Leary is a writer as well who has written 2 books including An Innocent, A Broad, a memoir about their time overseas.

I must admit, I’ve been a fan of Denis Leary since the first time I saw the movie The Ref, even before that, so I was very eager to read his book. I am glad I did. It is a very enjoyable read.

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