Babyhood

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September 12, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

If you don’t already tune in to Mad About You, but absolutely must know what Paul Reiser thinks about babies (his real-life son, Ezra Samuel, is a toddler), then pick up this book. Reiser’s follow-up to 1995’s best-selling Couplehood is an innocuous collection of aimless anecdotes and observational shtick, most of which will more than likely turn up this fall on Mad, where, coincidentally, his character became a first-time father last May. Besides a few straightforward notes about the downside of parenting, Babyhood is packed with setup-punchline zingers (”People often ask me, ‘What’s the difference between couplehood and babyhood?’ In a word? Moisture”) that will probably sit better on a sitcom than a bookshelf. C+

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