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Swimming In Circles: A Baby Chase Odyssey by [Barr, Michael]
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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: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SC1NLQ
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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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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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As a blogger about a guy's perspective in seeking infertility treatment [...], this book was like finding a personal mecca in shared experiences. I sometimes felt as if I was reading about myself. Poignant, honest, at times funny and at times tear-inducing, this book should be read by anyone seeking infertility treatment. Especially guys.

Not all guys can be as forthcoming as Mr. Barr, so he brings a very unique story to the marketplace. This is the standard for any guy who doesn't have anyone to talk to about the problem. This is his way to find solace in the story of someone else's struggles. And it is also the place for women to find the words that are floating in her husband's head, words that he can't get out.

Clearly, women get the short end of the stick in this process. But guys have some rough times too. From tough personal sacrifices to enduring outdated, ahem, materials in the "room", this lays it all out. Do yourself a favor; buy this book and read it. And allow yourself to laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously :)
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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 the pain of their disappointments and the joy when finally good news comes their way. He so honestly & perfectly describes the life of a couple battling infertility.
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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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