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

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

Jamie Foxx. Grand Central, $30 (240p) ISBN 978-1-5387-0328-1

In this debut full of genuine reflection and heartfelt humor, actor and comedian Foxx riffs on parenting (“You ain’t ready for it”) and the life experiences that gradually helped shape him as a father. Raised by his grandparents, Foxx describes his “granny” as a suffer-no-fools individual whose “toughness... was practiced on strangers so she could give family the full treatment.” The wisdom she imparted—such as “You made your bed, now you gotta sleep in it”—would later have a profound impact on Foxx as he navigated his own uncharted waters through single fatherhood. Lessons in humility (which Foxx pokes fun at self-deprecatingly), perseverance, and common sense are just a few things he’s tried to impress upon his two daughters, who are 27 and 13. Foxx writes in a jovial manner, with jokes flying constantly: “Like many fathers of daughters... a boyfriend puts me on immediate high alert. I want to be courteous and gracious, but a part of me also wants to punch him in the throat for no reason.” Yet where this book truly excels is in its honesty, offering an intimate look past Jamie Foxx the famous actor to reveal a relatable figure with “two young girls... who don’t give a shit about any of that.” Fans and parents alike will get a kick out of this. Agent: Anthony Mattero, Creative Artists. (Oct.)