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Book review: 'Familyhood'

Book review: 'Familyhood'

I was so ready to dismiss this little book as the musings of a sitcom quipster with not much to add to the national discourse — when, during one of those insufferably long children's birthday parties, another dad began to rant about many of the same things that Paul Reiser does in "Familyhood."

Sure enough, Reiser digs deeper than expected for some very relatable observations in this follow-up to his bestselling books "Couplehood" and Babyhood."

It seems to take a while for Reiser to hit his stride. Early on, I didn't really trust his glibness or sit-com sensibilities. That's because we still know him best from television, primarily "Mad About...

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