I Didn't Ask to Be Born by Bill Cosby
(But I'm Glad I Was)

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The Cos again waxes funny on the commonplace happenings of life as we may know it.
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In this hilarious collection of observations, Cosby brings us more of his wonderful and wacky insights into the human condition that are sure to become classics. In the tradition of Fat Albert, I DIDN'T ASK TO BE BORN offers a host of new characters, including Peanut Armhouse and Old Mother Harold. Not since Mushmouth, Dumb Donald, Bucky and the Cosby Kids has there been such a memorable cast.

Over the past century few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of William H. Cosby Jr. His success spans five decades and virtually all media-remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly housing project.

In the tradition of his bestselling books, Fatherhood and Cosbyology, the doctor of comedy holds forth on everything from first love to the Bible. Bill Cosby may not have asked to be born, but we're sure glad he was.
 

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Bill Cosby is one of the most influential performers of the last half century. From a poor Philadelphia neighborhood, he rose to dominate the airwaves through shows like I Spy and The Cosby Show; become the all-time bestselling comedian on records; and author several blockbuster books, including Fatherhood, which became the fastest-selling hardcover book of all time and spent 54 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. A crusader throughout his career, his success is complemented by involvement with a host of charitable, education, and civil rights organizations. Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D., grew up in a family of eight children in East Harlem, New York. He is a veteran of the civil rights movement, serving as Southern Field Director of the Medical Committee for Human Rights in Jackson, Mississippi, in the 1960s. He is currently a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Judge Baker Children's Center. Dr. Poussaint is coauthor of Raising Black Children and Lay My Burden Down.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Center Street. 203 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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The Cos again waxes funny on the commonplace happenings of life as we may know it.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 20 2011

George Booth's funny cartoon illustrations make a fine fit with these amusing essays, all written with the amiable and accessible lightweight lilt Cosby's eager readers expect.

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Digital Journal

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on Jan 17 2012

Take a break from all the complexity and unpleasant news about the recession economy and read. All it takes is a few moments and you will be laughing out loud.

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Eurweb

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on Dec 21 2011

This quirky book is a gift that inspires you to indulge in all the other gifts Cosby has bestowed on the world...

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