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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.
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.Read more ›
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 :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on May 2, 2012 by astroman08
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 morePublished on December 4, 2011 by Marna Gatlin Parents Via Egg Donation
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 morePublished on July 18, 2011 by A. Michaud
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 morePublished on June 6, 2011 by bundaberg2010
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 morePublished on May 31, 2011 by reader
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 morePublished on April 19, 2011 by A. Wilson