Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood Hardcover – May 16, 2013
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“The Father's Day book for dads who hate getting books for Father’s Day.”
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“If you are a parent, I challenge you to not simultaneously laugh and sob through this entire book.”
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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.
The hilarity is bookended by an incredibly moving portrayal of Magary dealing with his youngest son being in the NICU after he is born prematurely. Magary is a skillful writer than can handle both the hilarity, the love, and the tragedy involved in parenting. As he sums it up near the beginning of the book, "When you start a family, you're signing up for drama. You're signing up for worry. You're signing up for life-and-death. You're signing up for a life that means something more, even if it isn't as fun a life as when toy were single and drinking shots of Fire Water in the Giants Stadium parking lot."
My one quibble is that the book seemed a bit overpriced for being so short. The book reads almost like a series of blog posts. Although I enjoyed every one, I felt like the publisher was asking for a bit more than this book was worth.
I would highly recommend this as a Father's Day present for any younger dad. Also, although it's written from a dad's perspective, I think mom's would also enjoy it, if for no other reason than to see inside the mind of a dad!
If you've been there and done that, this one is for you. And if you haven't, this book will better prepare you for the reality of spending 24 hours a day with a baby/toddler/child than any of the What to Expect books EVER will.
I cannot express enough how truly HORRIFYING it is to have this...this...THING around ALL THE TIME! This thing that needs you for its very survival. This thing that as soon as it is mobile, will attempt to kill itself daily. Its head gravitates toward all things sharp and pointy. Blink your eyes for a second and it will hurl itself down the nearest staircase. Don't ever let it near the cat's litter box.
Believe it or not, there are rewards, little pleasures both warm and sappy, moments that will bring tears to your eyes. Not to mention the great stories that will someday embarrass the crap out of our children; anecdotes that we will tell again and again in the presence of said children, for the rest of our lives.
The good, the bad, the ugly and the projectile vomiting. All the awful, infuriating, hilarious and touching moments. This book nails it!
And actually, I’m not even a parent, so I can only imagine that a parent of a young child would find this book even more hilarious! I highly recommend reading this! Drew has a very entertaining writing style!!
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I highly recommend this book to parents with young kids and soon-to-be parents. A great read!
I wanted a book that was less clinical, but something you could still learn from.
This book definitely checks those boxes.
Just a hilarious and (what I would assume) honest portrayal of modern day parenting.
I had to stifle my laughter several times while my wife was sleeping in the other room. It has been a long time since a book made me laugh that hard.
I have recommended this book to all within earshot.