I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids
Simon & Schuster
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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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.
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|title_display||I Can Barely Take Care of Myself|
|title_full||I Can Barely Take Care of Myself Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids|
|title_short||I Can Barely Take Care of Myself|
|title_sub||Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids|
|topic_facet||Biography & Autobiography, Family & Relationships, Humor (Nonfiction), Nonfiction|