Book Review: Bobblehead Dad by Jim Higley

July 3, 2011
Title: Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew
Author: Jim Higley
Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir
Format: Paperback
Year Published: 2011
Source: I picked up an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy at Book Expo America)

When Jim Higley received the news that he had cancer, he realized that he had to take a whole summer off to recuperate. Receiving the diagnosis was frightening, especially since he had already lost his mother, father, and a brother to the disease.

While he was recuperating, mostly lying by the family pool, Higley realized that instead of an ending, this could be a new beginning for him. He realized that he was not quite satisfied with his life, and that he needed to do something about it. His life had been consumed with his job, and he wasn't spending enough time with his children. This was a turning point, and he knew it.

Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew is NOT a depressing study of cancer, but Higley's journey to finding a better life for himself and his children. Each chapter details about a life lesson that he learned during this journey. He learned a lot about himself during this stage, and in this delightful and easy-to-read book he set out to find the path to true happiness.

Why is this book called
Bobblehead Dad? Because Higley realized that just like those toys, he would put on a smiling face and bobble his head throughout his busy days. His kids would be talking to him but he wouldn't be really listening to them. He would just nod his head and pretend to be listening. He realized that life was passing him by and his children were growing up, and that he needed to be there for them.

Higley realized that he needed to give up his job and be at home with his children. He has become a full-time freelance writer, and has found out what has made life worth living. His work is giving him great satisfaction, and he is becoming the dad he always wanted to be.

You can read more about Jim here.


  1. I've never heard of bobblehead dad and if I am honest it's probably not the type of book that I would pick up cold, but your review has intrigued me, it sounds like a touching story.

    Old follower stopping in past.

  2. It is a touching story. It was nice to see someone who has gone through so much -- getting cancer, after his mother, father, and brother died from it -- and turning it into something positive.

  3. I salute all the brave souls that soldier on to finish a bad book.  I could never do that.  I never have and I can’t imagine I ever will.

    This week’s Follow Friday question is an excellent companion to last week’s Book Blogger Hop question.

    Follow me back to my blog and read all about why I hardly ever start a bad book let alone finish one –

    Read both my Book Blogger Hop post last week and my Follow Friday post this week and you’ll get the bigger picture of how my mind works.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you! [grin]

    Thank G-d It’s Follow Friday!

    Howard Sherman

  4. My Book Blogger answer for this week. very own blog hop host.Can't see your GFC.

  5. Joined you on GFC from your navbar.

  6. I just visited your blog and commented. Thanks for reading mine!

  7. new follower! :) bobblehead dad sounds intriguing! i'll check it out. 

    TGIF! 3 Friday book memes!

  8. Hopping through from the follow Friday hop. I am a new gfc follower as countrysunset40. Come on over to visit when  you get the chance!

  9. Thanks for stopping by the blog! My mom suffered from breast cancer about 14 years ago, so Bobblehead Dad really interests me! Thanks for sharing!

  10. That's a book I never would have picked up on my own.. but now I'm intrigued!

    I'm a new follower by the way, and I found you from the blog hop! I'm also pretty jealous of your name "The Literary Lioness"! I love it, there's so much you can do with that and it's unique. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your blog posts!

    Also, I'm having a giveaway on my own blog which ends this Thursday for She Walks in Beauty.. you might be interested in it, it's a great book! Check it out here:

  11. My mother went through breast cancer in 1991, so I was interested for personal reasons, too.

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