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We're All in This Together . . .

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The author does a good job of bringing humor into a variety of aspects of life. However, there were no moments when I found myself laughing out loud. A smile might tug at the corners of my mouth, but I wanted something that would cause an intense belly laugh. So, for me, this fell short of my expectations. However, the typical reader may appreciate the essays and the peeks into his life.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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I received an ecopy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.  This did not affect my rating.  3.5 rounded down to 3.

This is a collection of essays from Tom Papa that can be read individually, making it easy to put down and forget about.  I did laugh at times, but not as much as I expected.  There were several essays that had me laughing aloud and explaining stuff to my other half, but some didn't even have me chuckling.  Surviving Childhood was one that had me laughing.

When finished, my other half said maybe the audiobook would have been better since he is a comedian and would have had timing etc on his side versus me reading.  He may very well be right.  Either way, I am staying with the rounded down 3 and maybe I will check out from the library as an audiobook someday.
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This book is made up of several essays and is to be humorous.... I found the book okay... just okay. 

Thank you to NetGalley, the author and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an ARC copy.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I had never heard of Tom Pappa before this book. I am so grateful to receive a copy of this one and be introduced. I loved his antics throughout this story. It was haha funny at times and other times had me laughing out loud. 
A quick, fun read for anytime that you need a laugh or something different.
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I really thought I was going to like this one because I enjoy Papa's reminiscing, observational style of comedy. However, I ended up giving up on it on the first try and frankly barely skimming it on the second read. Turns out that what's pleasant in person is a tad boring on the page. Papa's observational style works because he breathes life into it as he's talking about it, he has a conversation with the audience even if he's the only one talking. That did not translate onto the page, so what should be things I can relate to or find fascinating are just things that feel like I've heard/read them before. 

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the read!
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We’re All In This Together: So Make Some Room is a compilation of Tom Papa’s unfiltered thoughts. Spanning from pure absurdity to true romanticism, Papa relays life lessons he has gathered thus far. 

If I am being honest, prior to reading/ listening to this book, I had never heard of Tom Papa. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed his humor. He is perfect for fans of clean comedy. 

This was a quick, entertaining read/ listen. I personally preferred the audiobook as it is narrated by Tom himself, but both formats were great. 

Special thanks to Netgalley, Macmillan Audio, St. Martin’s Press, and Tom Papa for allowing me to read and listen to this book in exchange for my honest feedback.
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If you want a funny, insightful and feel good book, this is it. I had to read it in spurts as each chapter was like a stand up routine. I enjoyed it, found humor and validation in it as well.
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This is a book of seven essays by Tom Papa that will have you laughing. They include essays such as Love for your first car, Unfamiliar Hotel Rooms, and Drinking. It's a very entertaining book. Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for an ARC.
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This was a wonderful and powerful read! The topics  range from comedy to autobiography to what you could potentially call motivational speech. It was a fun book that felt more like a conversation.
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I did not know anything about Tom Papa. I don’t remember why I requested this book. When I began it, sitting in a waiting room at a Drs. Office, I sensed that he was an observant person, both of his surroundings and of human nature. And then I got to this sentence:
“Walk the streets of Rome and you can literally see how they lived, through the remnants of theaters, churches and walkways that were never removed. Sit by the sea in Beirut and you’ll be perched on the same rocks that provided respite for people before the time of Jesus. Walk into a condo next to a strip mall in Jacksonville, Florida, and you won’t feel anything at all.”
. . .And I burst out laughing. Having traversed the streets in Rome, sat beside the Mediterranean, and resided in Jacksonville for the last 22-years, this comparison was hilarious.
Then I was hooked. I loved Tom Papa’s comments on life, on family, on drinking, on diets and hotel rooms and cats. He is truly an enjoyable entertainer and a good writer. These thirty-seven essays were delightful.
MY thanks to NetGalley and St Martin’s Press for an advanced copy of this book. My opinions are my own.
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I requested this book because many years ago I had seen Papa perform, and I still remember how good he was. In the meantime, he has had an impressive career in standup, on TV, and as an author. Papa is a New Jersey boy at heart—though I think he may have abandoned us for California—but his love of the state is evident in many of these essays. For me, it was a fun romp through many familiar places. I liked the nostalgic stories of his childhood and the more personal stories about his life with his wife and kids more than the ones where he addresses the reader directly with advice. As corny as it sounds, I preferred the comedian when he didn't try so hard for the laugh, but instead, showed more of his heart.
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I’m a fan of Tom Papa. He’s smart and funny and learns from his own mistakes. These days, I mostly hear him as a guest on NPR’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, so I was excited to read this book and get a bigger dose of his comedy. Almost immediately, I was really surprised by this book. 

In We’re All in this Together . . ., there are stories about growing up and about acquiring stuff, about drinking too much and why your cat will eat you if you die and how he would go out crabbing with his dad and sisters when he was a kid. He talks about how we all make mistakes and and drink too much and embarrass ourselves at parties and have regrets. He talks about how we can learn from all that and be better people. 

In these essays, Papa shows us who he really is, a dad who thinks about exercising but doesn’t actually do anything about it, a New Jersey kid who chose to go to Manhattan to find a bigger life, and a stand-up comedian with the heart of a philosopher. 

Papa’s humor is gentle and intelligent, and he speaks from the experience of middle age. He sees us all for who we really are, flaws and all, and he’s okay with that. We all have problems. We all have challenges. We all struggle with jazz. And we all need a friend who helps us face things with laughter and compassion. Papa is that friend in these short essays filled with family stories, warnings about pirates, a little self-loathing, bad haircuts, and life lessons that are surprisingly insightful for a book written by a comedian. 

I really enjoyed We’re All in this Together . . . I did expect it to be more punchy and a little offensive, but it turned out to be lovely and kind and honest in a way that felt tender and warmhearted. This would cheer me up if I were down and help me get a more balanced perspective on life. This book would actually be a great gift for someone graduating or starting a new chapter in life. Papa brings smiles and encouragement to help us be better, because as he says, We’re All in this Together. 

Egalleys for We’re All in this Together . . . were provided by St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley, with many thanks.
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Overall this was a fun book that felt more like a conversation than a book. It was a bit all over the place and definitely something I'd need to be in the mood for, but for the right time and person, it's a winner.

Thank you for access to this ARC!
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This book honestly took me a long time to get through.  There were some chapters I enjoyed, a few times I laughed out loud, but many of the stories struck me as very dry or strange.  The chapter on wine was my favorite.
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This was my first taste of Tom Papa with We're All in This Together, and I can certainly see how people are drawn to his work. When I first started the collection of essays, it took a bit of time to get into his style, I was not a fan right off the bat. However, his writing style grew on me and I think he offers a unique point of view that would resonate with a large audience for being highly relatable. 

Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin's Press for the ARC!
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This collection of touching and funny essays will make you chuckle and want to remember some of your own teenage shenanigans.
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A collection of comedic essays about life – from cats to childhood to being a parent.  Some of the stories had been smiling and others were a bit boring to me.  He is a curmudgeon and I tend to like this type of humor.  I did like the essays that focus on universal annoyances about other people (like Larry David) so felt relatable on many levels.  Obviously because he is writing from his own perspective, I could not relate to some of the “being a guy” stories.  But there is a good mix for all audiences. 

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC and I left this review voluntarily.
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Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for access to this title. All opinions expressed are my own.
Comedian Tom Papa discusses a variety of topics(20+) from relationships to your cat plotting to kill you to general musings on life. I did laugh in many places(not deep belly laughs but the jokes still made their mark) and it was a nice lighthearted read.

Publication Date 06/06/23
Goodreads Review 06/06/23
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I’m a long time fan of Tom Papa and I was eager to read his collection of essays. We have the same views on lots of things although some of his were a little more cynical than expected and at times, just mean, but overall an easy, fun read. If you’re looking for depth this is not it but if you’re looking for simple reads to pass the time, it’s for you. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC.
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We’re All in this Together…So Make Some Room by Tom Papa ⭐️⭐️⭐️

A big thanks to @netgalley and @stmartinspress for this ARC. This one comes out June 6.

Organized as a series of essays, this book humorously explores what it means to be human. You can read these in any order. Read a few, sit this down, pick it back up later - it’ll all work.

I found myself laughing out loud a few times, and I also found myself reminiscing on my own life and people who have made an impact on me. Some of my favorites were:

Dad is Flying the Plane
Quit Complaining
Cats - Ancient Menace
Some Things That Can Kill Us
A Wise Ancestor Called Grandpa

All in all, if you’re looking for a light read to make you laugh and give you some other mixed in emotions about being human, this one is for you.
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