*From its title, you may assume that New York Times Bestselling Author Bill Cosby’s latest book is another social commentary. However, surprisingly, it is more a collection of humorous tales of varied lengths about his observations of family and friends. Insightful, Cosby writes about everything from romance to religion. He introduces us to the characters in his life from a young Peanut Armhouse who he grew up with in a Philadelphia housing project, to his Godzilla-loving grandson, and his first love Bernadette.
The latter is my favourite part of the book. I laughed out loud as Cosby recalled being a fifteen-year-old boy in the tale of cologne and catastrophe that even a Miles Davis LP cannot soothe. The Missing Pages is another great story focusing on what simply must have been edited out of Genesis and the story of how God created the world. Cosby even traces Adam and Eve’s DNA to marriages in 2011. With hilarious illustrations by George Booth, the book is full of charm and charisma.
74-year-old Cosby is loved as a comedian, producer, musician, activist, educator and actor. His first humor book since Cosbyology does not disappoint. Only Cosby can tell a story with so much vibrancy from emphasizing the pronunciation of names (Peee –Nut), to subtly exuding the characteristics of the bygone era from which he came where voicemails were not on the horizon!
Reflecting on technological advances, Cosby notes that he had no TV and grew up in the radio age, while enjoying trips to the movie theater to watch Westerns. With his great imagination Cosby has conquered the multimedia age and fans are lucky to experience his comedy and wisdom on multiple platforms.
Cosby deals with the title of his book as a subject, dispensing more of the fatherly advice he has become associated with since The Cosby Show from single children, to handling demands for toys and manipulative advertising. There is even a seasonal story about his grandchildren’s encounter with Santa Claus’ assistant.
This quirky book is a gift that inspires you to indulge in all the other gifts Cosby has bestowed on the world from his TV shows, to his comedy albums, to his other books. But the biggest gift was from his mother who birthed his genius.
I didn’t ask to be born but I’m glad I was by Bill Cosby is out now published by Hachette Book Group.
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