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I Can Barely Take Care of Myself

Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids

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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.”

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.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 21, 2013 – 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.

Customer Reviews

Jen Kirkman is the best

that is all

All Thumbs Up!

I'm a married guy with kids and I still enjoyed every bit of this book. So, it's for everyone is the point I'm getting at

oye vey

had an extra audible credit to burn so i decided to download her audiobook after immensely enjoying her collaboration with todd glass on his podcast. unfortunately, the material here is mundane and rather dull. narcissistic defensiveness of embracing the "me" attitude where swilling vodka and perpetuating life-long solitude seem to be the ultimately, yet inadvertant, goal. pretty depressing and boring stuff here. sorry. wanted to enjoy, but cringed most of the way through.

I Can Barely Take Care of Myself
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Apr 16, 2013
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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