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You have to fucking eat
Mansbach, Adam, 1976- , author.
Publication Information:
[New York, New York] : Akashic Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 17 x 22 cm
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PN6231.C32 M293 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PN6231.C32 M293 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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" You Have to F***ing Eat makes parents of picky eaters smile." - TODAY Parents

"Adam Mansbach...will delight exhausted and exasperated parents everywhere for a second time with You Have to F**king Eat - another children's book that is most definitely not for children." - Entertainment Weekly

"An equally hilarious ode to kids at the table." - Huffington Post

"A likeable variation on a universal f***ing theme." - Kirkus Reviews

" You Have to F**cking Eat , Sequel to Go the F**k to Sleep , Is Finally F**king Coming...It will arrive just in time to gift it to your brother-in-law, who, upon unwrapping it, will clutch it immediately to his chest and shake his head furiously at his waist-high daughter as she claws at him with her chewed up nails. 'No, no, it's not for you,' he'll say, laughing and crying at the same time." - Flavorwire

"An uproarious spoof of bedtime board books." - San Francisco Chronicle

"Parents, when your precious angel rips you from your three hours of sleep to demand food that he won't actually eat, you'll want this f'ing book." - Mashable

"Forthcoming new book by genius funnyman Adam Mansbach." - BoingBoing

"Mansbach's offering is so simple that it's genius... Eat already has bestseller written all over it." - Yummy Mummy Club

From the author of the international best seller Go the F*** to Sleep comes a long-awaited sequel about the other great parental frustration: getting your little angel to eat something that even vaguely resembles a normal meal. Profane, loving, and deeply cathartic, You Have to F***ing Eat breaks the code of child-rearing silence, giving moms and dads new, old, grand- and expectant, a much-needed chance to laugh about a universal problem. A perfect gift book like the smash hit Go the F*** to Sleep (over 1.5 million copies sold worldwide!), You Have to F***ing Eat perfectly captures Mansbach's trademark humor, which is simultaneously affectionate and radically honest. You probably shouldn't read it to your kids.

Author Notes

Adam Mansbach has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, Esquire, the Believer, and National Public Radio's All Things Considered. He is the author of Rage Is Back, Angry Black White Boy, The Dead Run, Go the F**k to Sleep, You Have to F**king Eat, and Seriously, Just Go to Sleep. His novel, The End of the Jews, won the California Book Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Mansbach's Go the Fuck to Sleep (2011), a bedtime story for sleep-deprived moms and dads, was a number-one New York Times best-seller. Mining the sometimes wildly inappropriate thoughts that flit through parents' tired brains, it was pretty funny the first time. Now it's a joke we've heard already, and it doesn't get better with age. Tackling another point of parent-toddler conflict, mealtime, this sequel mines exactly the same vein of humor: The sunrise is golden and lovely / The birds chirp and twitter and tweet / You woke me and asked for some breakfast / So why the fuck won't you eat? And so on, for 28 pages that plod endlessly toward the Catskills rim shot at the end (My failure's complete. / But on the bright side, maybe this is the night / You'll go the fuck to sleep.). The key element of transgressive humor is surprise. With this book, however, we know what's coming, and the only surprising thing about this leaden recitation of profane, hackneyed verse is that it took so long for the publisher to cash in again. It's not even a little bit funny, but that's not the worst part the worst part is its mean-spiritedness. If the first book provides catharsis by tapping into the awful things parents think but dare not say, the second book legitimizes those awful things and suggests that it's just plain fun to swear at kids. And to us, that's not f--king funny.--Graff, Keir Copyright 2015 Booklist