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After the birth of his first child, bestselling writer Lewis (Moneyball) felt he was a stranger in a strange land, puzzled at the gap between what he thought he should be feeling and what he actually felt. While he expected to be overcome by joy, he often felt puzzled; expecting to feel worried over a child's illness or behavior, he often felt indifferent. Lewis attempts to capture the triumphs, failures, humor, frustration and exhilaration of being a new father during the first year of each of his three children's lives. In one especially hilarious moment, Lewis is in a hotel pool in Bermuda distantly observing his children. When some older boys start teasing his oldest daughter, the youngest daughter, three years old at the time, lets fly a string of profanities at the top of her lungs. The boys retreat and then regroup for a second attack; when they return, she lets fly another string and tells them that she has peed in the pool, causing the boys to go away. All the while, Lewis watches from afar, too embarrassed to claim this youngster as his own but also proud that she has handled herself so smartly. Although Lewis is correct that his fatherhood moments might be more interesting to him than to anyone else, his reflections capture both the unease and the excitement that fatherhood brings. (June)
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“Brief, clever and frank—a good gift for Father’s Day.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Funny, frank, and engaging. It’s refreshing to hear a dad describe so vividly the uglier aspects of the job.” — Los Angeles Times
“His failings amuse . . . and he captures serious moments with a warmth that shows he’s a pretty good dad after all.” — People
Hilarious and engaging! A must read for all parents! I highly recommend this book for anyone who can relate to the 'real' joys of parenthood.Published 1 month ago by jennifer jacobson
A very quick read. As always he is funny at times but it srtuck me this was a book that came about only to fill in a publishing release gap. Read morePublished 1 month ago by charles bluett
Hugely entertaining, very funny. I admit to bias. Every one of his books has been great. I really enjoy his mixing baseball and Wall Street metaphors with discussing fatherhood. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alan D. Granger
Language is frequently "colorful" but the stories are hilarious - and incredibly relatable!Published 4 months ago by Nathan Proper
I purchased this book for my 33 year old son. He is a successful professional living in Brooklyn and not inclined to read books. Read morePublished 6 months ago by frankie
No matter what the topic Michael Lewis does a great job of entertaining! I look forward to reading more of his other books.Published 6 months ago by Wilson