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What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir Paperback – May 20, 2014
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“Kristin Newman’s tales of wanderlust are at turns hilarious, embarrassing, and then truly inspiring. Her thrilling escapades make me want to get up off the couch and book a ticket to some exotic locale for a sexy adventure of my own. But I probably won’t. And neither will you. Just read the book.” –Jane Lynch
‘Kristin Newman explodes the idea of the ‘singles scene’ into a thousand tiny fragments and scatters them globally. This is misspent youth well-spent.” –Patton Oswalt
“What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is kind of like if Eat, Pray, Love were written by your funniest friend—a laugh-out-loud life guide for anyone who needs some help enjoying being single. Or for anyone who already loves being single. Or for anyone who is married. Basically, whoever you are, Newman will make you want to chuck it all and book a trip to Argentina.” –Rachel Dratch
“Spoiler alert: I am the Will who drives a car over Kristin’s foot in the Dominican Republic. After writing with Kristin at That ‘70s Show, I knew that her book would be incredibly funny, but it’s also so heartbreaking, insightful, and full of adventure, romance, and sex sex sex! Do yourself a favor and read this book! Did I mention how funny it is and how much sex is in it?" –Will Forte
"If Mark Twain was a woman and he had actually done things in the countries he traveled to, he would have been a lot more pleasant. He also would have written this book instead of The Innocents Abroad. This book is so good that, of the many I have blurbed, this is the only one I read." –Joel Stein, columnist for Time, author of Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity
"I have had the pleasure of joining Kristin on some amazing adventures and can say without question that she is as good a writer as she is a traveler. Which is to say, slightly better when she's had a few glasses of wine." –Nick Kroll
“I love my husband and kids, truly I do—but reading What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding makes me want to buy a one-way ticket around the world, or rather two tickets—one for me and one for her—so we could party till dawn, flirt with hairy European men and break several international laws. Kristin puts the 'lust' in wanderlust and makes adventuring and even mis-adventuring sexy, fun, and at times even inspirational.” –Jill Soloway, writer/director
“Since we can’t all sit next to Kristin Newman at a dinner party, it’s a good thing she wrote What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding so we can all enjoy her funny and unexpected tales. Unlike the rest of us, Kristin took the road less traveled and that has made all the difference. Her sparkling wit and adventurous spirit will seduce you just as it did that guy in Argentina…and in Russia…and in Jordan…and so on...” –Nell Scovell, co-author of Lean In
“What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is sly disguised as sexy. It reminded me of George Eliot mixed with a woodshop safety film... a complete delight.” –Stephen Tobolowsky, actor, author of The Dangerous Animals Club
"I wanted to read this book but my wife stole it off my nightstand, laughed at it for three nights straight and lent it to her friends." –Rodney Rothman, author Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement
"Kristin's book is such an uproarious, side-splitting, jaw-dropping-while-miraculously-somehow-also-self-reflecting page-turner, it makes me feel like I traded in my own wife and children for a time machine and a spot in her globetrotting duffel bag." –Rob Kutner, writer for Conan, author of Apocalypse How and The Future According to Me
"Riotously funny, brutally honest, and hopelessly romantic… Newman's global romps and brave takedown of the dated, divisive dichotomy between happy breeders and desperate singles is one of the most refreshing things I've read in a long time and proof that everyone has her own path to happily ever after." –Attica Locke, nationally bestselling author of The Cutting Season
"Newman’s funny and unflinchingly honest memoir reveals that even though there’s nothing quite like a great party in an exotic locale with a hot guy, true love doesn’t necessarily require a passport." –Publishers Weekly
"You should *not* judge a book by its cover, but luckily this one's as engrossing as its top flap, which I kind of wanted to dive into on sight. There are lots of books out there about being the single girl in your crowd, but Kristin Newman's is a special one; it's truly hilarious and travel-oriented, which makes it perfect for summer." –Glamour Magazine
"If you liked Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs, try What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman." –Boston Globe
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In this memoir, Kristin travels to Paris, Amsterdan, Moscow (where she meets the simmering bartender, Aleg), back to Paris, Buenos Aires (often!), Rio de Janeiro (nothing profound happens, she assures us, she just had a lot of fun), New Zealand, Iceland, Tel Aviv (where she learns why she is seen as a security risk) and just about everywhere in between. During this book, the author muses on the messages she sends – usually angry or sexual - takes a lot of drugs, gets drunk often, becomes depressed and tries to come to terms with her relationship with her father and her difficult feelings about her stepmother. Women are often judged harshly with regards to behaviour that, in men, is viewed as merely letting off steam. If that is the case, it is fair to say that Kristin lets off a LOT of steam and it is pointless to read this is you are going to be prudish or moralistic about it. However, if you are willing to read this account of her travels – which is very funny, totally open and honest and, I think, extremely brave, then you will enjoy the company of this intelligent and thoughtful woman. An unusual and interesting memoir.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review purposes.
“What I Was Doing When You Were Breeding” is a memoir written by the hilarious Kristin Newman. After suffering her first major heartbreak, she decides to give in to her wonderlust and seek the road less traveled. She takes solo and girls trips to places far and wide, including Jerusalem, Argentina, Russia, and Iceland. She does an excellent job of giving the reader just enough detail about the places to set the scene, but sprinkles in information about some of the people she met along the way to keep the story moving.
I have to say, I’ve highlighted more parts of this book than any others I’ve read in a long time. There are lessons to be learned (grown-ups don’t hold hands), but by and large this is a laugh out loud account of the past 10 or so years of her life. Some parts are downright raunchy, but I really applaud her for sharing this information because, as she pointed out, if it were a memoir written by a man, he wouldn’t think twice about how he’d be judged by the masses.
This is a must read for any woman… and I think men would get a kick out of it too. I really hope to get the chance to travel like this myself at some point in my life. But if not, this was a great way to live vicariously.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was initially drawn to this book by the title and description. While I will say it was an easy read and interesting as you follow the author around the world on her... Read morePublished 3 days ago by jen holt
I was skeptical about the premise, but ended up really enjoying this book. Kristin has a great voice and is pretty damn funny. Recommending it to my many single girlfriends.Published 19 days ago by sashulya
This is a book that's made for that "young, wide-eyed, independent, liberal, feminist" female. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Brian Lange.
I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a very long time. Kristin Newman perfectly articulates what's it like to remain single while your friends marry and make babies. Read morePublished 25 days ago by danarion
Lesson learned - never judge a book by its cover. I was so intrigued by the title, being someone that is uninterested in the typical marriage and children life. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Emily
Really good, makes me want to do everything she ever did. Great voice and humor, really interesting travels and overall stories. Woop woop!Published 1 month ago by Taylor
She slept with a couple of randoms. That's the gist of the book. While reading, I couldn't shake the feeling that the author was essentially that one drunk American girl on a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alumnole