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

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Publisher Comments:

In this instant New York Times bestseller that’s “boldly funny without being anti-mom” (In Touch), comedian and Chelsea Lately regular Jen Kirkman champions every woman’s right to follow her own path—even if that means being “childfree by choice.”

Parenthood can be very rewarding, but let’s face it, so are margaritas at the adults-only pool. So goes Jen Kirkman’s life philosophy when it comes to childrearing: It’s hard enough to be an adult without the added burden of caring for a tiny human being with no language skills or bladder control. So why worry about having children if it’s not for you?

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 friends’ kids—Jen is completely happy and fulfilled by her decision not to procreate.

Uproariously funny yet down-to-earth, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself is a beacon of hope for anyone whose major life decisions have been questioned by friends, family, or strangers in a comedy club bathroom. Says fellow Chelsea Lately comedian and New York Times bestseller Sarah Colonna, “Jen has a unique, fresh, and funny way of reminding people that sometimes, you really do know what’s best for you.”

Synopsis:

In her debut memoir, actress and comedian Jen Kirkman delves into her off-camera life with the same snarky sensitivity and oddball humor she brings to her sold-out standup shows and the Chelsea Lately roundtable, where she is a writer and regular performer. As a woman of a certain age who has no desire to start a family, Jen often finds herself confronted (by friends, family, and total strangers) about her decision to be “childfree by choice.” I Can Barely Take Care of Myself offers honest and hilarious responses to questions like “Who will take care of you when you get old?” (Servants!) and a peek into the psyche—and weird and wonderful life—of a woman who has always marched to the beat of a different drummer and is pretty sure she’s not gonna change her mind, but thanks for your concern.

About the Author

Jen Kirkman is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress well known for the award-winning short series Drunk History. She has two comedy albums, Self-Help and Hail to the Freaks, and writes for and appears as a comedian/panelist on E’s Chelsea Lately and After Lately.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781476739946
Author:
Kirkman, Jen
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
212.725 x 139.7 mm

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Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Family
Arts and Entertainment » Humor » General
Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Narrative
Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts
Biography » General
Biography » Women

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"Synopsis" by , In her debut memoir, actress and comedian Jen Kirkman delves into her off-camera life with the same snarky sensitivity and oddball humor she brings to her sold-out standup shows and the Chelsea Lately roundtable, where she is a writer and regular performer. As a woman of a certain age who has no desire to start a family, Jen often finds herself confronted (by friends, family, and total strangers) about her decision to be “childfree by choice.” I Can Barely Take Care of Myself offers honest and hilarious responses to questions like “Who will take care of you when you get old?” (Servants!) and a peek into the psyche—and weird and wonderful life—of a woman who has always marched to the beat of a different drummer and is pretty sure she’s not gonna change her mind, but thanks for your concern.
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