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Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood Hardcover – May 16, 2013


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“It’s an honest and hilarious portrayal of how aggravating it can be to raise a family.” 
—Justin Halpern, author of the New York Times bestseller Sh*t My Dad Says

“The world needs Drew Magary’s wonderfully funny, breathtakingly honest book about parenting.”
—Jen Doll, memoirist and senior writer at The Atlantic Wire

“The Father's Day book for dads who hate getting books for Father’s Day.”
—Will Leitch, author of Are We Winning? and God Save the Fan

“If you are a parent, I challenge you to not simultaneously laugh and sob through this entire book.”
—Rachel Dratch, comedian and author of Girl Walks into a Bar...

About the Author

Drew Magary is a correspondent for GQ and a columnist for Deadspin and Gawker. He’s also the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Postmortal and Men with Balls. He lives in Maryland with his wife and three kids.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (May 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159240832X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592408320
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lukester on May 16, 2013
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People saying "LOL" is often misleading: are they really laughing out loud? But I can honestly say that I couldn't help laughing and had to try and stifle my laughs on my train commute as I read this book. A series of short stories of Magary's adventures in being a father of three children, this book will be instantly familiar to any parent. He doesn't shy away from the honest truth about parenthood: it's wonderful, but those kids can drive you crazy too. Magary manages to give a voice to all of those little thoughts every parent has but do their best to shove back down into the subconscious. He also discusses his relationship with his wife, which like any modern parenting relationship consists of both teamwork and combat: who can fake sleeping long enough so the other has to get up and feed the crying baby?

The stories are the perfect balance between the hilarity of parenting and the touching moments that any parent will recognize. Magary is able to discuss his feelings without venturing into the trite or overly corny cliches that other parenting books often fall into to. If you are a parent that misses the days of childless freedom but still cherish your children, you'll love this book. He perfectly captures the range of emotions, some that you didn't even know existed, that any parent moves through.

One note of warning, however: if you are looking for innocent portrayals of parenthood, this isn't the book for you: Magary often invokes profanity and "off-color" topics to tell his tales. Of course, in my opinion, this is true to actual parenthood. He doesn't go overboard, but he doesn't restrain himself either.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By tamar p on May 19, 2013
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Once I picked up this book, I simply couldn't put it down until I finished it; that first sentence of "We all agreed that the child must be disemboweled" reeled in me in like a fish on a hook. Magary manages to find that perfect balance between the utter seriousness and the utter hilarity involved in raising a child. Even in the darkest moments detailed in the book, there's always a glimmer of humor lurking. The book felt very intimate, like Magary was truly baring it all for his audience; this was most evident in the chapter about his DUI. I don't have any children, but Magary makes child raising somehow relatable, often frightening, and very entertaining. An excellent and easy read, highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Johnston on June 3, 2013
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I don't have kids but this book is still hilarious and heart-wrenching. Drew's always good for a laugh but the serious parts of this book were beautifully written and heartfelt. I'd recommend this to anyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Chisholm on December 28, 2014
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didn't love it. at first it was funny but than it came more about the father and his issues than the family as a whole and he didn't refer to his children by their names. Sorry put it down before I finished it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sara Bennett on January 20, 2014
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I really loved this book. It's such an honest look at what parenting is really like, at least for me and clearly many others who have reviewed it. There is so much material out there constantly telling us what terrible parents we are and that we're doing everything wrong, it's easy to feel like a failure. Reading Magary's experiences, several of which were very similar to my own (though not the DUI or the NICU, knock on wood), made me feel less alone. I also appreciated his honesty and willingness to share his failings (see DUI) and tougher more emotional moments (see NICU). I'm recommending it to every parent I know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Heater on September 1, 2013
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This was a really cure memoir of parenting young children that had me laughing out loud at nearly every story. I was not at all familiar with Drew Margary before picking up the book, but after reading it, I think this is the the type of parenting book dads would enjoy. This is a short book, that only took me a few hours to read.

I received an advanced read copy of this book through a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KMR on November 5, 2013
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Hilarious-- literally made me laugh at loud. As an expecting mom it was a refreshing and at times touching read.
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As a 30-something dad of two children, I thought this would be an interesting read. Truthfully, the title and cover art caught my eye while I was browsing, and so I bought the book. I was a little familiar with Drew Magary from Deadspin and Esquire, so this wasn't a completely blind buy.

Overall, the book was enjoyable and many of the stories relatable. Magary's trademark writing style is on full display and he doesn't disappoint. He is vulgar at times, and mostly his exclamations were well placed, but there were times when I thought his language was too much. This isn't a huge distraction from the pieces, but some of the stories would have read better without them. What I liked best about Magary's book is that these stories don't hold any punches; there is no "rainbows and lollipops" mindset and Magary is honest about his own shortcomings and the challenges of parenting. Also, as a thirtysomething dad, I could relate to Drew's frustration with the "bumbling dad" stereotype and that 21st century parenting is tough because it feels like someone is always watching you, and it's harder to be a good parent rather than the parent everyone else thinks you should be.

As far as the individual stories go, "Faka" made me laugh the most (we should all be able to relate in some way), and we've all had to deal with peeing in the pool, and I could definitely relate to the challenge of parenting your child when your parents are around.

Magary's best pieces are the first and the last story which are both about his third child who was born a preemie with a life-threatening birth defect. These stories stick with you because Magary does a wonderful job relating the emotions that he and his wife were dealing with throughout their ordeal.
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