I Can Barely Take Care of Myself

I Can Barely Take Care of Myself

Tales From A Happy Life Without Kids

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2013
ISBN: 9781451667004
Branch Call Number: 792 .7028 KIR
Characteristics: 212 p. ;,22 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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