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You're Doing Great!

You're Doing Great!

And Other Reasons to Stay Alive

Tom Papa

St. Martin's Press


Comedian and Live from Here head writer Tom Papa, author of Your Dad Stole My Rake, tackles the modern condition in a heartwarming group of short essays.

Tom Papa is a little worried about you. You seem stressed, overworked and, frankly, a little mixed up.

Everyone is fighting an overwhelming feeling that things are getting worse, that we should be doing more, that we’re not good enough. Well, life isn't perfect. There have always been problems and there always will be. You can fight for the things you believe in, you can work really, really hard, but you shouldn't lose track of the fact that while you’re doing all that, life is flying by at lightning-fast speed. If you actually take a breath and look around you’ll realize you’re actually doing great.

Here’s the thing: We live in an amazing time filled with airplanes, scooters, and peanut butter cups. We have air conditioning, blenders, and martini shakers. It's time to refocus, enjoy it all, and stop waiting for something better! Relax with comedian and Live from Here writer and performer Tom Papa as he explores his favorite subjects in 75 essays, including:

You Don't Have to Live Your Best Life
Don't Open the Mail
I'm So Baked
I Love Your Love Handles
Don't Go Tubing
Shut Up and Eat

Recalibrate, turn off your device, and open your eyes to a better reality: You’re doing great!



It’s good to see you again. I would like to start by thanking you for liking my first book enough, or at least buying enough of them, that my publisher called and asked if I would write another....

Praise for You're Doing Great!

You’re Doing Great! is your no-nonsense go-to collection of essays to get you through the increasing noise and chatter of self-doubt and confusion in the new millennium. Tom Papa is a funny, empathetic guide and your new best friend." —Patton Oswalt

"When someone asks me to write a blurb for their book, I usually want to fake my death, but Tom is hilarious and this will be worth your time. Read it. Listen to it. Whatever, do what you want. According to Tom you’re doing great." —Whitney Cummings

“I like when Tom writes words and puts them in a row. It’s much better than listening to him say random words. Buy this book.” —Matt Damon

"I’ve had a lot of guests on my podcast but only one is really funny, a great writer, and brings me bread. All hail my friend, the Sultan of Sourdough!" —Joe Rogan

"A comedian muses on life, love, and simple pleasures ... in a collection of funny, warmhearted essays . . . reminiscent of E.B. White." —Kirkus Reviews

"Papa offers a delightful set of upbeat and candidly humorous essays on the challenges of modern living. This collection is a clever respite for readers looking for lighthearted escape from their daily lives."
Publishers Weekly


Tom Papa

TOM PAPA is a comedian known for his live performances as well as his work in film, television, radio and on streaming services. Papa is a frequent panelist on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, a writer and performer on the public radio variety show Live from Here (the latest incarnation of the legendary A Prairie Home Companion), host of a daily SiriusXM show, What a Joke with Papa and Fortune, and the podcast Come to Papa, and the star of four streaming stand-up specials. His Netflix special, You're Doing Great, premiered in early 2020. Papa is also the author of Your Dad Stole My Rake. When not on tour, Tom lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two daughters, cat, and somewhat loyal dog, and bakes bread.

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