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Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons

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PARENTS: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME

Greg Fitzsimmons has made a lot of what appear to be bad decisions. It's what he was raised to do. Most parents would hide or destroy any evidence so clearly demonstrating their child's failures, but - lucky for us - Greg Fitzsimmons's family has preserved each mistake in its original envelope like a trophy in a case, lest he ever forget where he came from.

Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons is Greg's life, told through this cavalcade of disciplinary letters, incident reports, and newspaper clippings that his parents received from teachers and school officials. Greg picks up where his parents left off with his own collection of letters received during college and throughout his successful career as a writer, producer, and stand-up comic. Revealing the larger story of how Greg's distinctly dysfunctional Irish-American family bred him to blindly challenge anyone, anytime, anywhere, over anything, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons comes full circle to show that the Fitzsimmons torch has been passed on proudly to a new generation.

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Dear Mrs Fitzsimmons

I have just completed the audiobook. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s an interesting, breezy, heartfelt, honest and hilarious memoir of Greg’s life focussing on his family and career. He has his issues and is totally self aware of his shortcomings but completely owns them and talks of his struggles to address them and improve as a person. It’s beautiful to hear about the love he has for his family. Highly recommend to anyone.

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  • Ann Archy
  • 12-05-2017

Lots of laughs and lots of heart

Greg is a great stand up comedian. This book also shows off that his years at BU getting an English degree were not wasted--even though he may have been--as he can definitely write well. I love his stories and his tone. I laughed a lot but he also got me to well up a bit talking about his family and his struggles. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Michael
  • 16-01-2012

Better than Tina Fey's Bossy Pants? Maybe.

Would you listen to Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook) again? Why?

No, but just because I listen religiously to his podcast which I like even better than this audiobook

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was a man that Greg encountered in the woods. I think he may wish things ended differently on that day.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was one that involved an incident of vandalism that Greg perpetrated in a parking garage after a douche-bag parking attendant tried to make him pay the maximum because he lost his ticket, even though he had only been there for 10 minutes.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Letters from the closet

Any additional comments?

This book is filled with great stories. Some everyone can relate to, and others that no well adjusted person would ever find themselves in those situations. I only know him from his podcasts and standup, and now this book. I was worried that this would just be a rehash of all the stories he recounts on his podcasts. It was not. There were a few, don't get me wrong. But not very many, and those that were already told...were told a bit more dramatically than I had heard recanted before. Great read, if you've got this and Bossy Pants on your playlist it's gonna be tough to choose which you listen to first.

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  • Jami
  • 02-05-2013

So So

This was just okay for me. I liked it enough to finish it and it was not difficult to get through. My problem was that I had expected it to be a lot funnier than it was. There were parts that made me laugh out loud, but unfortunately, there were few of those moments. I had never heard of him before I listened to this, so maybe that had something to do with my feelings towards the book; I also didn't find anything extraordinary about the story itself.

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  • Doug
  • 16-04-2012

Great narrative

I really like the way Greg put his memoir together. I listen to his podcast, and so I'm familiar with -- and appreciate -- his self-deprecating sense of humor and world view. But this audiobook gave me such a wonderful look at his life. He's such an open book here: he exposes himself, his family (lucky them) and his insecurities... in a funny way. He's a genius and this audiobook is, too.

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  • Peter
  • 02-09-2012

Weak

This book offers little - unless you're interested in the oral history of the Fitzsimmons Family. Large chunks of the narrative are spent reciting who married who, where they lived and what an ancestor was like. The jokes are rare and not that funny when they arrive. A letter will be read on occasion, but they're not worth the wait.

I bought this book to amuse myself while doing yard work. It was truly a waste of my money.

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  • Henrik
  • 18-11-2016

What an incredible execution

What made the experience of listening to Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook) the most enjoyable?

The fact that they had the forethought to save all notes and letters from Greg's school years and the fact that they had some famous friends of Greg to read them for the audiobook. It was great!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Greg's father. You get to see his brightest and darkest sides throughout this piece. It was terrifying yet gripping and tantalizing.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Adam Carolla reading a notice from one of Greg's teachers.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It is not very long and it made a long solo camping trip very enjoyable.

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  • Gerald McKay
  • 28-06-2019

He's funny in small doses

I've laughed at his work on podcasts and some of his stand up.
The book was on sale cheap, so I got it.
He became unpleasant company quickly.

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  • GrayKnight
  • 27-06-2019

Mostly sophomoric and tedious

I'd seen Greg Ftzsimmons do standup and thought he was pretty funny, so I decided to try the book. Big mistake. It's basically a seemingly endless narrative of unfunny bad behavior with an occasional chuckle. Not worth my time to finish it.

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  • Crystal
  • 27-11-2016

Awesome premise

A very funny book.

The author's road rage stories are what stood out the most.

I'd recommend this to anyone who loves comedy.

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  • Linda
  • 04-09-2012

Funny and very entertaining.

Funny man gives insight into his life growing up in an Irish family, and his life as an adult. I found myself laughing out loud a lot while enjoying this book. Good, clean, light humor. Would recommend it to just about everyone.

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