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I Can Barely Take Care of Myself : Tales from a Happy Life Without Kids
by Jen Kirkman


Overview - Chelsea Lately regular Jen Kirkman is "childfree by choice." Here's what she'd like to say to everyone who can't stop telling her she'll change her mind.

"You'll Change Your Mind."

That's what everyone says to Jen Kirkman-- and countless women like her--when she confesses she doesn't plan to have children.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Chelsea Lately regular Jen Kirkman is "childfree by choice." Here's what she'd like to say to everyone who can't stop telling her she'll change her mind.

"You'll Change Your Mind."

That's what everyone says to Jen Kirkman-- and countless women like her--when she confesses she doesn't plan to have children. But you know what? It's hard enough to be an adult. You have to dress yourself and pay bills and remember to buy birthday gifts. You have to drive and get annual physicals and tip for good service. Some adults take on the added burden of caring for a tiny human being with no language skills or bladder control. Parenthood can be very rewarding, but let's face it, so are margaritas at the adults-only pool.

Jen's stand-up routine includes lots of jokes about not having kids (and some about masturbation and Johnny Depp), after which complete strangers constantly approach her and ask, "But who will take care of you when you're old?" (Servants ) Some insist, "You'd be such a great mom " (Really? You know me so well )

Whether living rent-free in her childhood bedroom while trying to break into comedy (the best free birth control around, she says), or taking the stage at major clubs and joining a hit TV show-- and along the way getting married, divorced, and attending excruciating afternoon birthday parties for her parent friends--Jen is completely happy and fulfilled by her decision not to procreate.

I Can Barely Take Care of Myself is a beacon of hilarious hope for anyone whose major life decisions have been questioned by friends, family, and strangers in a comedy club bathroom. And it should satisfy everyone who wonders if Jen will ever know true love without looking into the eyes of her child.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781451667004
  • ISBN-10: 1451667000
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publish Date: April 2013
  • Page Count: 212
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Entertainment & Performing Arts - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-01-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

In her first memoir, stand-up comedian Kirkman takes a seriously humorous stance on deciding not to have kids. She includes stories on dating, babysitting, and what happens after performing a comedic set, but they all support the main point of her book—that she doesn’t want any children. All the anecdotes and pot shots at celebrities help shape the picture of the childless comic presented on the page. She posits that there is nothing wrong with having no inclination to procreate—and supports her stance with quotes from the Bible, Oprah, George Clooney, Aretha Franklin, and others. Everyone and everything is employed to prove that living a childless life really isn’t all that bad. In fact, it can be quite fulfilling. With the novelist’s penchant for self-flagellation and exploitation, and jokes punctuating at least every page, this book is ideal for the woman who needs a quick comeback for those who criticize her about not having kids, or for those just looking to laugh. (Apr.)

 
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