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I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids Hardcover – April 16, 2013
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“If you've ever been told you'd ‘change your mind’ about anything in life—when you knew that you wouldn't—this book is for you. Jen has a unique, fresh and funny way of reminding people that sometimes, you really do know what's best for you. I’m glad she didn’t change her mind about writing this smart, brave, and heartfelt book.” (Sarah Colonna comedian and New York Times bestselling author of Life As I Blow It)
“Boldly funny without being anti-mom.” (InTouch magazine)
“Very funny. . . . the core of the book is about not wanting to have children, and the ways in which society gets up in your face about it . . . I laughed out loud several times.” (TheHairpin.com)
“Candid, funny stuff.” (Sacramento Bee)
"A standup comedian's hilarious explanation for why, gee, thanks for asking, but she isn't going to change her mind about not having children." (Tampa Bay Times)
“Full of humor, wisdom, and laugh out loud moments.” (The Kentucky Democrat)
“Kirkman puts her comedic talent to use by snarking to her readers about the ridiculousness of baby culture, overly-enthusiastic parents, and total strangers who feel it necessary to publicly pry. And since it’s a good bet that those readers feel the same way, this book may very well strike a funnybone.” (Savannah Morning News)
“A seriously humorous stance on deciding not to have kids. . . . With the novelist’s penchant for self-flagellation and exploitation, and jokes punctuating at least every page, this book is ideal for the woman who needs a quick comeback for those who criticize her about not wanting kids, or for those just looking to laugh.” (Publisher's Weekly)
“Between these charming, cringe-worthy, and badass tales, Kirkman successfully convinces us she isn’t meant for motherhood. It’s safe to say she’s much better suited to birthing books.” (ThirdBeatMagazine.com)
“This book takes you through the journey of Jen Kirkman’s misunderstood child-free life. I’m now convinced of two things: Jen is freaking hilarious and she should definitely not have a baby—she should have a Valium.” (Whitney Cummings creator of Two Broke Girls and Whitney)
“Jen Kirkman’s wickedly original yet totally universal debut about the expectations of others kicks so much ass you'll agree with her even when you don’t. Not for the stupidly over-sensitive. For lovers of great!” (Greg Behrendt #1 New York Times bestselling author of He’s Just Not That Into You)
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I've seen some people take shots at Jen Kirkman for being a child hater. If you read this book, you'll see that Jen doesn't hate kids at all. There was recently a story from the UK about a woman in her 50s who took to the press to tell the world that her greatest regret in life was having kids. (...).dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2303588/The-mother-says-having-children-biggest-regret-life.html).
That is someone who hates kids. Jen's story is quite the opposite. She knows she doesn't want kids and not having any is the most responsible thing she could have done.
But as much as the book is a thoughtful analysis of a person's life and how she is, indeed, very happy in a life without children (or a spouse), it's also an endearing and hilarious story about a person navigating her way through her own mind.
I'm a married guy without kids and this book really spoke to me. It's not just for women (with or without kids) and it really isn't like the books from others who work with Chelsea Handler (I think it's a lot more thoughtful and a lot less of the "I got drunk and slept around" theme). It's very funny, but not in a bawdy or crass way. Like her comedy, Jen Kirkman's book finds its humor in observational story telling with a positive, yet sardonic, bent.
This is a book for anyone who hasn't conformed, in one way or another, to what society expects of us.
I greatly enjoyed this book, and I predict I will be rereading it soon!
Of course, if you are a fan of any of the Chelsea Lately authors, or Chelsea Handler herself, buying this book is a no-brainer. If you aren't a fan of Chelsea Lately, don't let that stop you from getting this. If you have ever felt like an outsider, or worried that you will die alone on the kitchen floor, or worn bell bottoms to school in 1985, or had a fear of airplanes falling out of the sky onto you, or had horrible interactions with teenagers, or tried to enjoy a vacation at a adults-only pool that was full of kids, you will enjoy this book. (I know, some of those situations are pretty specific, but I don't know you, so maybe you had those situations too)
I hope Jen Kirkman writes more books because I feel like there is plenty more to be mined from her 'happy life without kids'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book, great read for women who choose to not have children.Published 10 days ago by Patricia L Mckenrick
I really enjoyed Jen's book. It's funny and I admire her for being true to herself. I love her ability to take care of herself and pursue a career she truly loves..Published 17 days ago by FAUSTA
Slightly self obsessed woman uses a whole book to whinge about people with children. Snore.Published 19 days ago by Kate Browne
As a childfree by choice person myself, I thought this would be a great book for me. I surprised myself when I actually enjoyed the sound of the author's voice as the narrator, as... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Sadie
Funny book! If you have kids you find offense to it but I thought it was hilarious and relateable to my life.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I love Jen Kirkman (abstractly). She's hilarious most of the time, in most formats. I especially enjoyed her work on the late, great Pod F. Tompkast. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RNL
This book is one of my favorites. I can't wait for her next to come out soon. Funny without knocking anyone else's lifestyle.Published 2 months ago by Laura Marini