FATHER SAID is the book fans of Sirowitz’s MOTHER SAID have been waiting for: after all, parents come in pairs. Hal’s mother may have dominated the Sirowitz household with her overly-protective advice and flair for inducing Jewish guilt, but Mr. Sirowitz had a few bon mots to impart to his son as well. In FATHER SAID, he teaches Hal important lessons on “How to Be a Humanitarian,” “The Meaning of Racism,” “What to Do When You Burp,” “Being a Good Citizen,” “Why God Created Eve,” “How to Avoid Being Idle,” and “Taking Your Fun While You Can.” Sounds like a typical dad, right? But Mr. Sirowitz’s cautionary tales prove to be as idiosyncratic as his wife’s. In FATHER SAID, Hal gives us a wonderfully funny and tender portrait of his dear old Dad, from childhood memories to his death from cancer. Fathers, mothers, and their sons and daughters everywhere will recognize something of themselves in the Sirowitz family–and while they laugh at their arguments and their nagging, they will also feel the love and familial affection running strongly through these poems.