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Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth
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    Life with Father / Life with Mother by Clarence Day (wisewoman)
    wisewoman: Funny family stories with a larger-than-life father, fun mother, and redheaded kids.
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    Time Out for Happiness by Frank B. Gilbreth (kathleen.morrow)
    kathleen.morrow: Also by Frank Gilbreth - a slightly more serious look at the Gilbreth family - particularly at Frank Sr. and Lillie before they started their family and at Lillie's successful struggles to support the family after Frank's death.
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    Making Time: Lillian Moller Gilbreth -- A Life Beyond "Cheaper by the Dozen" by Jane Lancaster (infiniteletters)
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    Eight Is Enough by Tom Braden (infiniteletters)

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Hilarious, one of my favorite books when I was growing up. ( )
  iamjonlarson | Sep 29, 2014 |
Cheaper by the dozen, by Frank Gilbreth Jr., Tells the story of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth and there twelve children. The Gilbreths were efficiency experts and advised mainly industrial plants. The story focuses on the home life of the Gilberths before Frank Gilberth’s death. He attempted to adapt his efficiency techniques to house hold life. He employed efficiency techniques to things such as: meals, bathing, and studying. He wanted the children to skip as many grades as possible through efficiency. I would use excerpts of this book on the use of motion studies in industry.
As the author was present for the events of the book I would say that most of the material is not made up. However, as some time past between the events of the book and when it was written, his memory was probably somewhat hazy. Consequently, some of the dialog is probably made up. As to information, the events are factual and have been verified through industrial and school records, and interviews with other Gilberth children. The structure of the book is topical and chronological. The book is all narrative text. It tells the story of the Gilberth family. There is minimal expository text. There is some explanation on efficiency techniques but that is all. There are many literary devices employed by the author. He uses: diction, metaphor and telling details to tell the story of the Gilberths. The book has a strong author’s voice. The book has the characteristic style of Frank Gilberth Jr. writing. There is a very small amount of front material, a forward and a preface. However, there is no back material. There is also no visual material the book is completely textual. ( )
  Areamatha | May 9, 2013 |
This is a classic, based upon the lives of the Gilbreth family from the early 1900s.

Dad is an efficiency expert, and brings his work into his home, which consists of his wife and dozen children. The story of their lives is told by two of the oldest children, and is full of love, humor and pathos.

Forget any movie, this book is a delight to read, and reread. ( )
  fuzzi | May 7, 2013 |
To put it succinctly, "Cheaper by the Dozen" is a slightly modernized version of "Life with Father". The subject matter, the tone, the style all echo strongly of the predecessor by Clarence Day. Unfortunately, it's difficult for this reviewer to be at all objective given his perennial love for the "Life with Father" movie that predates this novel. Something about that William Powell.

Suffice it to say that "Cheaper" and "Life" belong on the same shelf together and both provide us with an interesting look at family life near the turn of the century. One adds little to the other aside from detail. Cheaper wins slightly over Life with some wonderful 1920's references from Raccoon coats to bob haircuts and flappers.

For now though, 23 skidoo!
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  slavenrm | Apr 28, 2013 |
The decision to introduce each chapter with cheesy ragtime music takes away from the audio version of this book. The music goes on for way too long- it even plays under the narration in the first chapter. The narration begins at breakneck speed, but evens out after a bit. The story is still hilarious, poignant and sweet, but the book works better than the audio for me. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
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To Dad, who only reared twelve children and To Mother, who reared twelve only children.
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Dad was a tall man, with a large head, jowls, and a Herbert Hoover collar.
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Written by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and his sister Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.
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No growing pains have ever been more hilarious than those suffered loudly by the riotous Gilbreth clan. First, there are a dozen red-haired, freckle-faced kids to contend with. Then there's Dad, a famous efficiency expert who believes a family can be run just like a factory. And there's Mother, his partner in everything except discipline. How they all survive such escapades as forgetting Frank, Jr., in a roadside restaurant or going on a first date with Dad in the backseat or having their tonsils removed en masse will keep you in stitches. You can be sure they're not only cheaper, they're funnier by the dozen.

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"The classic story of an oversized family and the parents who held them together"--P. [4] of cover.

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