I Can Barely Take Care of Myself

I Can Barely Take Care of Myself

Tales From A Happy Life Without Kids

Book - 2013 | 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
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A memoir from the stand-up comedian, writer, and actress that focuses on her oft-questioned (by others) decision to remain childless.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451667004
Characteristics: 212 p. ; 23 cm.


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JCLKimG Aug 10, 2013

This is a very funny read. I recommend it for those who don't want kids and for those who know others who don't want kids!

ksoles Aug 04, 2013

Comedian Jen Kirkman certainly doesn't identify as the “mom” type though according to family, friends and strangers, she'll change her mind...definitely...any day now.

"I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales from a Happy Life Without Kids" mostly eschews details about Kirkman's career and treads very lightly when mentioning her gory divorce yet manages to give readers solid insight into the author's personality. Her musings about a mom-dominated world will put smiles on like-minded women's faces: rolling her eyes at parents who don't think "adults only" signs apply to them, wondering if new moms can talk about anything but diapers and taking offence at pointed questions about reproduction.

Kirkman manages to describe these frustrating encounters without coming across as bitter and does not express a hatred of children; rather, she disdains the lifestyle trappings of the moms she encounters. She thinks motherhood suits many people...other people. Her reasonable outlook makes the book eminently digestible; charming and cringe-worthy tales convince us that Kirkman suits producing books much better than producing babies.


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