Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas (Paperback)

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Written by Tom Papa, a long-time head writer of The Prairie Home Companion, this is a book of humorous anecdotes of family life from a father's point of view. Silly, observant, and spot-on, my dad chuckled his way through it. It might just be a great holiday gift for that hard-to-buy-for man on your list!

— From Lisa's Staff Picks


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!

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 a frequent panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, a writer and performer on the public radio variety show Live from Here (the latest incarnation of the legendary radio show, A Prairie Home Companion), the host of a daily SiriusXM show, What a Joke with Papa and Fortune, and has recorded four stand-up specials that are currently streaming. When not touring the country, Tom lives in Los Angeles and bakes bread with his wife, daughters, cat and somewhat loyal dog.

Praise For…

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250215598
ISBN-10: 1250215595
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: May 21st, 2019
Pages: 304