Fatherhood (book)

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AuthorRalph Schoenstein
CountryUnited States
PublisherDoubleday & Company
Publication date
Media typePrint
306.8/742 19
LC ClassHQ756.C67 1986

Fatherhood is a 1986 book attributed to Bill Cosby, and published by Doubleday & Company in 1986. The book was ghostwritten by humorist Ralph Schoenstein.[1] The introduction and afterword were written by American psychiatrist Alvin F. Poussaint.

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind published an audio cassette edition of Fatherhood, with narration by Bob Askey. Another audiobook edition, published in 2008, is read by actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who appeared alongside Cosby in the sitcom The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992.


  1. Introduction
  2. Is Three a Crowd?
  3. With Bouquets and Back Rubs
  4. These Beggars Are Choosers
  5. Are They Evolution's Missing Link?
  6. A Guru Would Give Up, Too
  7. She's Got the Whole World in Her Glands
  8. The Fourth R Is Ridiculousness
  9. Speak Loudly and Carry a Small Stick
  10. Drowning in Old Spice
  11. Your Crap or Mine?
  12. Unsafe at Any Speed
  13. The Attention Span of a Flea
  14. Ivy-Covered Debt
  15. Full-Time Job
  16. Afterword

In other media[edit]

In The Simpsons episode "Saturdays of Thunder", which aired in November 1991, Homer Simpson tries to apply advice from Fatherhood to win the respect of his son, Bart. In the episode "Dog of Death", which aired in March 1992, the book can be seen burning in the Simpsons' fireplace.

Cosby's follow-up book, Childhood, published in 1992, emulated the style with which Schoenstein wrote Fatherhood.[citation needed] Comedian Paul Reiser's books Babyhood (1996) and Couplehood (1998), too, are pastiches of Fatherhood.[citation needed]

Bill Cosby, Charles Kipps, and the production company Smiley, Inc. adapted the book into an animated series. The series, which is also called Fatherhood, is about an African-American couple try to be model parents to their three children. It premiered in June 2004 on Nick at Nite, and aired for two seasons.


  1. ^ Marshall, Jack (September 4, 2006). "Ghostwriting Ethics". Ethics Scoreboard. ProEthics. Archived from the original on 2011-10-25.