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Swimming In Circles: A Baby Chase Odyssey [Kindle Edition]

Michael Barr , Yael Abel
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Book Description

How far would you go to get what you wanted?

Follow the tumultuous and unpredictable path Michael and Kiersten navigate as they painstakingly pursue their options to bring a child into their life, including bewildering science, DNA muddling, and the bureaucratic complexities of international adoption.

Swimming in Circles provides an all-access pass into the private life of a couple faced with situations ranging from the embarrassing to the absurd, and decisions that are impossible one moment and incomprehensible the next. This truly unique memoir is told from the usually neglected male perspective and is filled with gallows humor peppered in between the depths of disappointment and the peaks of possibility.

Author Michael Barr presents every uncomfortable and emotional detail with stark honesty, chronicling his run-ins with an overenthusiastic mother-in-law, a clinically depressed couch, his own personal demons, and even Martha Stewart. His sharp, candid perspective creates a tale that readers are sure to find both hysterical and heartrending.

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About the Author

Michael Barr lives in the Pacific Northwest among a throng of beer-loving individuals, and as a result, he lives a particularly content life. He does three things every day: laughs heartily, tells his wife he loves her, and seriously considers therapy.

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  • File Size: 409 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453870326
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SC1NLQ
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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As someone who works in the field of childbirth, this book is what has been missing for those who struggle with infertility! This is a book that shares the torment that comes with infertility from the man's perspective. It is, at times, painfully and brutally honest, while at other times hysterically funny. Michael Barr has a way with words and has beautifully described his journey into the world of infertility. Along the way he will make you laugh as he works to find humor in an otherwise difficult situation.

But this is more than just a book about infertility. It is a love story. A story about a man's love for his wife and his future children. From the detailed description of the day he met his wife, to the heartbreaking talk with God begging to be given the gift of a long-desired, and hard worked for baby, Mr. Barr takes you into his life and his heart and his soul. It is refreshing to see a book so open and honest about a topic that many men suffer with silently.

This book is for anyone who has struggled with infertility. It is a book for anyone who knows anyone who has struggled with infertility. It is a book for anyone who has a family of their own. It is a book for anyone who has a heart. Everyone has something to gain from Mr. Barr's story. I hope to see more work from him in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like that... March 17, 2011
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You know, as a guy, how sometimes you're having a hard time and so you go visit a friend who knows what you're going through? Maybe the two of you don't really say or do anything but sit in silence for a time before you get up and leave, because let's face it, we're guys, we don't talk about the "real" stuff. Yet somehow, just knowing your friend was there for you - that time spent in silence somehow makes you feel better about things. It's like that.

Beyond funny, amazingly poignant & personal in a very brave manner, this book is an absolute must read. "MichaelCharles" says the things that guys think and want to say, but feel handcuffed by society from doing so. Deeply touching and personal, Michael Barr invites you in on a journey that is truly beyond the comprehension of most anyone who has never struggled with issues of fertility.

In a day and age where men don't talk about their feelings, their struggles, their fears, Barr finds a way to make you feel as if you'd known him your whole life. As you get lost in the pages, it's almost as if you're no longer reading a book, but having a pint in your local pub while he sits across from you detailing the most personal details of his life that most men refuse to even acknowledge with their closest confidants. Impossible to contain your laughter, you also feel the pain, disappointment, hope and optimism he and his wife experiences along this amazing ride.

Whether or not you've struggled with fertility, have kids of your own, are just starting to think about kids or just know someone who knows someone that has kids - everyone needs to read this book. It's a book that says "You're not alone." A message that every man, woman and child needs to hear from time to time.

Ladies, don't tell your husband/boyfriend/companion he needs to read it. Just buy it for him and tell him to read it. He'll thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Candid and inspiring May 9, 2011
This book is a candid, brutally honest about the darkness that is infertility. Not knowing what that is like personally, the book gave me a front row seat into the heartbreak and strength Michael and Kiersten had to endure during the process of IVF, and the decisions they had to make along the way. I could not put the book down. Michael's humor is witty and smart. He tells a wonderful story about his path to parenthood. A must read for anyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dude Are Infertile, Too (Sssssh, Don't Tell) April 29, 2011
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As a woman who has struggled with infertility, I've thought a lot about what infertility has meant to me as woman. But the other day I was all, oh yeah, dudes have to go through this infertility stuff too. I think it's easy to forget that. In some ways, I'd argue infertility could be harder for some men... we lady folks have been working hard to bring infertility out of the darkness, "coming out" on Facebook, talking about our illness so we can diminish the social taboo it currently is.

But I don't see many men coming to Facebook to say "uh, my junk is busted" or "my boys don't swim". For women, one of the most core definitions of femininity is the ability to produce a child. But it's the same for men... masculinity is tied the twig and berries. I can easily imagine a dude reflecting on what it means to be a man if he's got some stuff happening down there, same way I wondered about how infertility redefined me as a woman.

One critical difference... by nature, women talk about it. Ok, even among the most talkative women, fertility (of lack thereof) is still really really hard to talk about. It's embarrassing, shameful even... but many women still find some way to share (even if it's just letting it all hang out in relative anonymity on a blog or Twitter). Dudes don't talk about crap anyways, so I can imagine talking about your busted junk would be damn near impossible.

So, how are these guys to being the healing process if there is no brave soul to, figuratively (and literally, to some extent) let it all hang out?

Enter Michael Barr, and his book, Swimming In Circles.

But no dude wants to read wants to read a book about some other dude boo-hooing over his busted junk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for any guy facing male infertility
First things first: this book is a first-person narrative from a man facing male infertility. The overwhelming majority of books about infertility are written from the female... Read more
Published on May 2, 2012 by astroman08
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! And really It's About Time -- This Is A Must Have!
I have been in this arena now since 1996 and all I can say "It's about time that we have a book like this for those who are struggling each and every day with infertility! Read more
Published on December 4, 2011 by Marna Gatlin Parents Via Egg Donation
5.0 out of 5 stars infertility realities, blended with humor
Enjoyed reading an infertility journey from the male point of view. Tons of laughs along with heartache as the couple struggles through multiple cycles. Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by A. Michaud
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and Hilarious!
As someone who is currently trying to get pregnant, this book completely spoke to me. I laughed out loud, it made me relate a bit more to what my husband may be feeling, and at... Read more
Published on June 6, 2011 by bundaberg2010
5.0 out of 5 stars Swimming in Circles: A Baby Chase Odyssey
WOW .. this book is riviting. Once I started reading it, I couldn't wait to get back to it. This read gave me new insights and understanding of the journey childless couples go... Read more
Published on May 31, 2011 by reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read
This book was an entertaining and encouraging read. I really enjoyed the fact that it tells the story of infertility from the male perspective. Read more
Published on April 19, 2011 by A. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic, Funny, an Absolute Must-Read
As a blogger about a guy's perspective in seeking infertility treatment [...], this book was like finding a personal mecca in shared experiences. Read more
Published on April 18, 2011 by Sebastian Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars An authentic account of battling infertility
If you've struggled with infertility you will absolutely be able to relate to the authors story. He handles their struggles with a great sense of wit & humor and leaves you feeling... Read more
Published on March 27, 2011 by R. Keunen
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