The Daddy Diaries: The Year I Grew Up

Holt. May 2023. 288p. ISBN 9781250890924. $29.99. MEMOIR
Cohen is an Emmy Award–winning TV and radio host and executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise, but his latest diaries reveal his life as a single father of two. The book delves into his whirlwind year in 2022, from the days after his impassioned “Sayonara, sucker!” rant about former New York City mayor Bill de Blasio on CNN’s live New Year’s Eve show, to the drama of the Housewives stars and the birth of his daughter. Readers of his previous works—The Andy Cohen Diaries and Superficial—will be at home in this one. It includes candid and irreverent prose as he name-drops and parties with a revolving cast of characters. The book shines in its descriptions of Cohen’s tender moments with his children. He recounts the joy and chaos of raising an infant girl and a “threenager,” which indicates he is just as fallible as any other parent. It’s satisfying to witness his growth as he makes good on his goals for self-improvement and putting his family first.
VERDICT This fast and breezy diary reveals a man who is happiest not on camera but when he’s curled up in bed reading picture books to his children.
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