Dear Dad: Letters from an Adult Child

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Comedian Louie Anderson grew up in a household held hostage by the unpredictable and violent behavior of an alcoholic father. In letters that are poignant and often angry, yet touched with the humor that characterizes his monologues, Dear Dad chronicles Anderson’s hard journey from shame and fear to understanding.

Anderson’s many appearances on The Tonight Show, his specials on HBO and Showtime, and his concerts across the country have won him wide acclaim. But when he found that, despite his considerable success as a comic, he felt no relief from his pain, Anderson entered therapy and joined an Adult Children of Alcoholics group. Only then was he able to break a lifelong pattern of denial.

Includes an introduction by Anderson and a selection of letters from Dear Dad readers about their own experiences.

“Compelling, tender, funny, and well-written. . . . I respect Louie’s courage for talking so openly. Writing the book may have helped the writer in his healing process, but it will also assist readers in theirs.”—Melody Beattie, author of Codependent No More

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Writing to his late father, for whom he was named, the comic recalls growing up in small-town Minnesota as one of 11 children. It is the material of his comic routines, praised as gentle fun about a wacky family. The reader finds, however, that Anderson is an alchemist, transforming misery into the gold of his career. The family as revealed here was poor and abused by an alcoholic father, once a trumpet player with the Hoagy Carmichael band but whose later poor-paying jobs made him increasingly bitter. The author writes of siblings whose adult lives were badly affected by their drunken, hostile father whom they nevertheless remember with affection. In this poignant, touching memoir Anderson confronts his own insecurities and guilts and comes to understand the parent he had never been close to. The final letter ends, "I love you." 75,000 first printing; $75,000 ad/promo; BOMC alternate; author tour.
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Comedian Anderson draws his low-key, family-style comedy from his childhood in a family of 11 children with an alcoholic father. Oversized and known for his "fat" jokes, Anderson recognizes his own addiction to food as stemming from his father's addiction. With this series of letters to his now dead father, Anderson describes his life and his search for his father's past in order to exorcize the demons of his childhood. Despite glimmers of humor, this is not a funny book but a cry from the heart which seeks to alleviate a lifetime of pain. Many people will relate to Anderson's very personal account of dealing with the guilt and trauma of his childhood. BOMC alternate.
-Marcia L. Perry, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass.
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