|Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid
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A hilarious blast of scathing irreverence from the award-winning actor and comedian.
?A pissed off Leary is the best Leary,? says one critic of the writer and comic. In Why We Suck, Dr. Denis Leary uses his common sense, and his biting and hilarious take on the world, to attack the politically correct, the hypocritical, the obese, the thin--basically everyone who takes themselves too seriously. He does so with the extra oomph of a doctorate bestowed upon him by his alma mater Emerson College. ?Sure it?s just a celebrity type of thing--they only gave it to me because I?m famous.? Leary explains. ?But it?s legal and it means I get to say I?m a doctor--just like Dr. Phil.?
In Why We Suck, Leary?s famously smart style and sardonic wit have found their fullest and fiercest expression yet. Zeroing in on the ridiculous wherever he finds it, Leary unravels his Irish Catholic upbringing, the folly of celebrity, the pressures of family life, and the great hypocrisy of politics with the same bright, savage, and profane insight he brought to his critically acclaimed one-man shows No Cure for Cancer and Lock ?n Load, and his platinum-selling song, ?Asshole.?
Proudly Irish American, defiantly working class, with a reserve of compassion for the underdog and the overlooked, Leary delivers blistering diatribes that are penetrating social commentary with no holds barred. Leary?s book will find wide appeal among people who want to laugh out loud or find a guide who matches their view of what?s wrong in America and the world-at-large; and fans of his one-man shows, his many movies, and Rescue Me, Leary?s Golden Globe and Emmy?nominated television show. Why We Suck is the latest salvo from one of America?s most original and biting comic satirists.
- Denis Leary is funny and right on the mark!
Being from New England and raised Catholic, I found Denis to be hilarious and so true to what his life experience has taught him.
While I found the book a fun read, it was a little thin on content. I would like to hear more from Denis on topics of the day that he neglected or did not make room for in this volume....more info
- Laugh out loud funny
Irish, (ex)Catholic in America... seems to be a universal experience and I loved those parts of this book that talk about it. so many funny parts outside of that as well... including overindulgent parents in America.
I often laughed, sometimes cheered and cringed more than once
I would give it more stars but Denis just crosses the line a little too far some times...more info
- Great book!
This book was great. It had a lot of great points and good laughs....more info
- Fun and possibly provoking for those with no humour...
As a lifelong Leary-fan I had to read this book. It is generally as good as i hoped, but some chapters/passages resembles a transcript of a stand-up show, which should have been avoided.
I seriously believe that doctor leary is on to a good thing with this book, and I do not envy those poor schmucks who are provoked by this book, because they have missed out on most of whats true and real in life.
I belive a lot in this book can be summed up like this:
"Do not make life into something more complicated than it is..."...more info
- Typical Leary Humor
Started watching "Recue Me" then "the Job" from 2002. In both he is a bad boy that every man wants to be friends with and every woman wants to have an encounter with. This book reflects the themes in his shows which are a hilarious, irreverant and debased. He says and does what everyone is thinking or wants to do. Plus he is adoarbaly sexy....more info
- Hilarious, with a side order of ignorance
I have been a fan of Denis Leary for a long time. He is hilarious, and his irreverence is refreshing. In this respect, the book does not disappoint. However, I was astonished by his hateful comments about cats. His comments are disgusting and display an incredible amount of ignorance. He knows nothing about cats except that they catch mice. His hatred is irrational and casts a pall on an otherwise splendid book. ...more info
- Why this book doesn't suck
Absolutely loved this book! After I picked it up I couldn't put it down. Laughs from beginning to end....more info
- Same old rant
Sad to say nothing new here. Same old one sided rant. This is Dennis MIllers book with a liberal sprinkling of F-Bombs. "Doctor" Leary comes off as overly negative, uncalled for mean and most of all ... just not very funny. A huge disappointment. Hey Denis ... can I have my "Effing" money back !!!!!!...more info
- funny read
While I still feel Denis Leary is better suited to live performance, this book had my laughing quite a bit. I hope he made his mother proud!...more info
- You have to read this book!!
Writing comic opinion is a fine line. The line can be crossed very easily from humor to a full-blown whine-fest. Thankfully Dr. Denis Leary's book, WHY WE SUCK, is not the latter. Leary's memoir/opinion book is outrageously funny--belly laugh out loud funny.
This is the kind of book that you tell others, "You have to read this book!!"...more info
- Why We Suck
This is honestly one of the best comedian books I've ever read! I've never had a BOOK make me laugh so much. But the comedy wasn't the only thing that made the book good. Dr. Leary touched on a lot of subjects that trouble the average American in today's age. From parenting to stereotypes, he poked his sarcastic finger into the chest of everything he could make fun of. Then, he made serious subjects humorous. Leary mostly wrote towards men, speaking of women, wives, and sports, but that's not to say that the book cannot be enjoyed by the better gender also. This is not a read for someone who doesn't enjoy any of the "old Denis Leary" material. He still has the same style, sarcastic, vulgar, and "ranty". I personally don't know of the old him (I'm only 21), but I gave the novel a shot because of the catchy title. I was all around pleased, and couldn't put the book down. Hope he's not done with his writing career....more info
- IF YOU ARE A CHRISTAIN DONT READ IT!!!!!
I DID NOT KNOW WHO THIS AUTHOR WAS I HAD SAW HIM ON OPRAH AND THOUGHT THE BOOK MIGHT BE FUNNY. I LEARNED A LOT FROM THIS. HE MADE FUN OF CHRIST IN HIS BOOK. I FEEL SORRY FOR HIM AND ILL PRAY FOR HIM. DONT READ THIS BOOK ITS AWFUL. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER BOOK WITHOUT KNOWING A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR. I ALSO DID NOT LIKE THE FACT I HAD TO GIVE THIS MAN ONE STAR IN ORDER TO RATE THIS BOOK ON AMAZON....more info
- funny for men and people who like to make fun of men
I received the audiobook version of this as a present. Starts off kindof slow and there are some slow parts throughout, but this is funny as hockey sticks for any guy who admits to being a guy. I almost drove off the road laughing while listening to parts of it. Women with a good sense of humor who appreciate the inherent differences between the genders may find this funny, but in general it's for men. If you don't appreciate vulgarity, then don't buy this book. If you pride yourself on being politically correct, then don't buy this book. But, if you are a heterosexual male who enjoys being a heterosexual male, or want to get a present for the aforementioned, then you should buy this book. (Note that there is nothing anti-gay in this, and there is a rant that gay marriage should be just as valid as traditional ones.) Anyway, if you're a guy who spends a good bit of time driving, then get the audiobook version of this, but pull over for the funniest parts. ...more info
- Wicked funny satire
Offensive, rude, acid tongued. That's when he's in a good mood. And that's exactly why I love reading this book. I love Dennis' relentlessly un-pc view of life. His parodies. His exaggerated views. His acerbic, rapier wit. This book showcases his slaying of victimhood and the self-absorbed posers who invade his world by living in it. By un-pc, I mean he tells it exactly the way things are. The truth hurts, and most people can't handle it. He paints the script with just enough exaggeration and making that he makes you scream out loud laughing one second, and yet makes you think the next.
A dual edged sword of comedy.
Written with a nice sense of pacing, the punchlines are scathingly funny. I enraged an entire plane of passengers with my howling, to the point that the beefy beehive Stewardess waggled her index finger at me throwing daggers. Escaping this near death experience, I continued on in muffled silence. For edgy social commentary jokes, this is about as fast-paced and ruthless as it gets. Comedy is best delivered when it's based on truth. This is raw in your face truth, and one of the funniest things I've read in a long time. Classic. Just classic Dennis.
Hicks, Carlin, Miller and Leary all have carved out a slice in this raw genre of intellectual humor. I can count on one hand the writer's whose books make me laugh. The core of this content is taboo topics, and insults of the US celebrity-obsessed culture, and the endless assortment of sappy whiners with a complete lack of responsibility. But Dennis also dishes out some funny childhood experiences that had me rolling, since I could so easily relate to them. Also recommended for ripping sarcastic satire.
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- Great book!
He tell's it like it is. If everyone was so up front like he is. ...more info
- OK book but dry
I love Leary's stand up acts, but this book is like his acts, without the great delivery. It comes off as dry to me and kind of boring, its funny but a lot of things just are not phrased in ways that draw you in. ...more info
- Hilarious and most appropriate in today's times
Leary's book reads as though you're reading his stand-up comedy routines through much of the text. It is incredibly funny to the point that you find yourself laughing out loud, agreeing most heartily with many of his astute observations of American life. "Why We Suck" is an easy read, but also a book that you could find yourself going back to time and again. I love that he's written the book entirely in the first person with plenty of personal anecdotes, including wonderful and hilarious conversations with his mother. This book shows that Leary's skills in the arts are not limited to stand-up comedy or acting; he also has quite the talent for writing acerbic, funny, succinct, and gritty books as well....more info
- A Light Read
"Dr. Leary" should stick with stand-up, TV and movies. A writer he is not. Too many Irish-Catholic references and put downs about just about everything else. He's a very talented comedian and actor, but I would not recommend this book. Sorry Denis....more info
- Not a single laugh.
I was very surprised by this book. Unfortunately, not in a good way. I consider myself to be a fan of Leary. I enjoy him in movies. I enjoy "Rescue Me". I find his stand up biting but typically spot on. I guess all of his comedic charms lose something in the written form. I made myself read the entire book only because I'd paid for it. Had it been...say, a library rental...I would have been done after the first three chapters. What a shame. ...more info
- The Truth Be Told
I bought this for my husband and often found him laughing out loud, slapping his knee, an occasional tear rolling down his cheek. Leary tells it like it is, and then some! His irreverent humor is aimed at everyone, leaving none of us safe. The truth may hurt, or it may make you laugh....more info
- Bathroom Book
First of all, let me say that I am a huge Denis Leary fan. From the first time I saw 'No Cure For Cancer' back in 1993, I have loved his stand up, acting, and general attitude. I can't get enough of Rescue Me, and was pleasantly surprised by his acting ability. Denis Leary is awesome!
However - It's a good thing I only read this book while sitting on the toilet, because taking time away from any other moment of my life would be a complete waste.
Reasons so far: (I am about halfway through it, and I don't see it getting any better)
-WAY too many pages wasted on Britney Spears, and all the other wasted life 'celebutards', as he puts it (love that word BTW) who contribute to the dumbing down of America.
-The grammar and run-on sentences would be great coming from him in the hilarious way he delivers his comedy, but trying to picture(?) that while reading it becomes tedious.
-4 pages (and counting) about why dogs are better than cats?...Really?
-Though I do see where his chapter on autism was taken horribly wrong, I think he was a fair part to blame by not conveying his ideas/opinions in a resolved way. How about some documented cases of parents abusing medications for their children, or maybe even some mis-diagnosed kids? Anything to back up what he had to say may have helped a little.
Though I love Denis Leary, I would only recommend this to the avid fan who likes to read in the bathroom.......more info
- You do suck!!!
Liberals like you do suck, have always sucked, and will always suck!!!!!!!
Get some brains boy or just get!...more info
- Really entertaining!
I really did laugh out loud, a lot of parts I read to my husband who laughed even harder. You can't read even a paragraph of this book without laughing. It was so good, I even read the introduction - which I never read in books. ...more info
- Snooze Fest
This book definitely is filled with information that most sane Americans already think and say every time they watch the news or read the paper. After 30 pages I was so uninterested I stopped reading. It is obvious that Leary is not that far removed from the other "celebutards" he writes about. He clearly wrote the book to make money (nothing wrong with that) but if he cared about what he published he never would have had this hit the shelves. Each page has huge margins, skipped lines, and extra spacing. He probably wrote this in a week and cashed huge checks because of it. Using his celebrity status in this way is just as bad as what the people he makes fun of do. ...more info
- Archie Bunker Meets Meathead
This book delivers as promised. It finds a way to offend everybody and every imaginable grouping of everybodys.
But it does so in a nice, mostly entertaining way. It makes us laugh---at ourselves and at others.
And isn't that what the old TV show, "All In The Family" did? Offended nearly everyone and made us find a way to laugh at ourselves? And, doing so, find some measure of common ground?
That's what this book does: Meathead meets Archie Bunker in one long rant, 240 pages worth, guaranteed to make you laugh, make you smile and, a times think, "Oooh, Don't believe I'da said that..."
There's something here for everybody...more info
- Dr. Leary should stick to stand-up
This book has shown me two things; first, Dr. Leary has jumped the shark. Secondly he should stick to stand up.
The casual writing style (based on his comic style) doesn't translate well into book form and his once-poingnant rants now come off like the whining of a domestic haus-frau. After reading this book I get the strong impression Leary didn't have anything to say, he just needed some more money to pay for his wife's horses....more info
- Great Read for Men and Women
My Husband bought this book and has not been able to put it down!
I have just started reading and so far so GREAAAAT!! Enjoy!...more info
- Are you kidding me? Humor? NOT!
What??? (12 years in the Army would have me saying something else here, were it not a public forum...)
According to Mr. Leary, children with autism "are not autistic, just stupid. Or lazy. Or both." Excuse me?
Another mother put it best:
"If Mr. Leary had ever been in the presence of an autistic child, he would CLEARLY see that it has nothing to do with laziness or stupidity. Often these children are smart and active. They just have no skills for channeling and focusing that intelligence or energy into so-called "normal" social behaviors. Trying to stir up controversy to sell a book is pretty sad. Why don't you just write a better book that people will actually want to read? Or are you too stupid and lazy for that?"
I concur. Denis Leary is not only NOT funny, he has no soul.
With SO many other GOOD books to buy...why would anyone waste money on this trash!?!?...more info
- Diamond in the (very) rough!
For those of us with a "50's" upbringing this is about 35% a bit crude but the remaining 65% is intelligent, insightful and fun. I can recommend it! ...more info
- Laugh out loud funny!
Jaw dropping true. A book I will quote and read over and over again. One of those books you pass from friend to friend saying "You have to read this book!"...more info
- waste of time.
For an educated person with a normal degree of respect to one's self this book is just a waste of time.
At first, I would underline the author's intensive use of the "facts", numbers and percentages that are so far from the actual statistics and actual facts, that I would like to give to D. Leary his own advice: "Google it" (e.g. the population of Leary's China: 17 billion people. CIA population data: China -- Population: 1,330,044,544 (July 2008 est.)).
Among another bad impressions I would mention authors words choice: Dear Denis, if you put 'Dr.' in front of your name try to use more appropriate and respectful language that measures up to an educated person. Here I am saying not only about F.., S.., BS.. and others of this sort of words, but also about continuous 'wanna's and 'gonna's and etc. through the text.
If you want to read this book anyway - just borrow it in your city library, it is not worth the money you'll spend on it.
- Why We Suck
Very funny book. It's like having Denis in the room talking to you and telling you his story. Loved it!...more info
- Never drive and listen to this book
I laughed so hard listening to this as drove into work I had to pull off to the side to recover due to the tears and I couldn't breathe. The book is great but the audio version is better since Denis reads it to us...and the Doctor is definitely IN...more info
- 'Why We Suck' is Why We're Great
The moment I start taking my own insanity too seriously I turn to Denis Leary as a surefire cure, and I'm out of myself and over myself in no time. It must have been really satisfying for him to write this book, because it's so liberating to read it. It is very important that these things are said, not just because they are hilarious, but because they are incredibly insightful and controversial. His work illuminates perfectly how precious is our right to free speech. So, thank you Denis Leary, you shining star of the First Amendment. Thanks for proving once again how great it is to be in this country, where we are able to read and to write and to think and express ourselves freely, no matter who gets pissed off. Fabulously funny book, written by a remarkably smart man.
Alexandria, Virginia...more info
- Who is the Stupid One?
Why we suck has its funny moments but it is also chock-full of pages that can be skipped. Dr. Leary seems to point out everyone's faults but his own. Early on he shows his own ignorance regarding JFK. "He scared the s**** out of the Russians"? Really? I guess Dr. Leary skipped history while obtaining his degree. Anyone who knows thier history understands the Russians played us during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Do you know the result of the Cuban Missle Crisis Dr. Leary?? Probably only what you learned from the idiot box you seem to despise. Who is the stupid one now? Save [...] and borrow this book from your local library or just skip it all together. ...more info
- Great book for my Kindle2
This was the first book I purchased for my new Kindle 2. I have always been a fan of Denis Leary, and this book did not disappoint. Leary is not afraid to say what the majority of us are thinking to ourselves. Nothing is safe from his biting commentary, from teen "celebutaunts" to parents who treat their kids like fashion accessories instead of children. I especially liked the stories of his childhood, and what growing up in a working class, Irish-American household was like. Denis Leary has really hit a home-run with this book, and any fan of his sarcastic (yet truthful) humor will enjoy this book....more info
- great book
great book i am so impressed that i even put this link on my blog stupidfun.net...more info