SOCIAL SCIENCES

Act Like You Got Some Sense: And Other Things My Daughters Taught Me

Grand Central. Oct. 2021. 240p. ISBN 9781538703281. $30. CHILD REARING
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While it may seem strange to solicit parenting advice from a performer, Oscar-winning actor Foxx’s tales of fatherhood are heartwarming and humorous, and he offers sensible tips that serve as strong reminders of how to treat today’s youth with respect and patience. Foxx’s deeply personal journey to success in both the performing arts and in fatherhood began with his own complicated family dynamics—basically abandoned as a baby by his young parents, he was adopted and raised by his maternal grandparents. Their tough-love philosophy, coupled with his grandmother’s recognition of Foxx’s talent and potential, set him on the path to success, he writes. Foxx achieved monumental success in stand-up comedy, television, film, and even as a Grammy-winning recording artist, yet he says that nothing fully prepared him for life as a single father of two daughters. In this book tackling everything from dating to sacrificing his social life, Foxx is surprisingly open about his own mistakes and reflective about his conflicted feelings toward his parents and his eventual reconciliation with his mother.
VERDICT Foxx’s many fans will embrace the opportunity to learn more about the enigmatic actor, and parents will appreciate his commonsense, relatable approach to raising independent humans.
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