Someone Could Get Hurt

Someone Could Get Hurt

A Memoir of Twenty-first-century Parenthood

Book - 2013
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A sharp, funny, and heartfelt memoir about fatherhood and the ups and downs of raising a family in modern America

No one writes about family quite like Drew Magary. The GQ correspondent and Deadspin columnist's stories about trying to raise a family have attracted millions of readers online. And now he's finally bringing that unique voice to a memoir. In Someone Could Get Hurt , he reflects on his own parenting experiences to explore the anxiety, rationalizations, compromises, and overpowering love that come with raising children in contemporary America.

In brutally honest and funny stories, Magary reveals how American mothers and fathers cope with being in over their heads (getting drunk while trick-or-treating, watching helplessly as a child defiantly pees in a hotel pool, engaging in role-play with a princess-crazed daughter), and how stepping back can sometimes make all the difference (talking a toddler down from the third story of a netted-in playhouse, allowing children to make little mistakes in the kitchen to keep them from making the bigger ones in life). It's a celebration of all the surprises--joyful and otherwise--that come with being part of a real family.

In the wake of recent bestsellers that expose how every other culture raises their children better,  Someone Could Get Hurt  offers a hilarious and heartfelt defense of American child rearing with a glimpse into the genuine love and compassion that accompany the missteps and flawed logic. It's the story of head lice, almost-dirty words, and flat head syndrome, and a man trying to commit the ultimate act of selflessness in a selfish world.
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781592408320
Branch Call Number: 306 .874 /MAG
Characteristics: viii, 243 p. ;,22 cm

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MPHPL_Chris
Apr 28, 2015

Fans of Magary's work on Deadspin and GQ will be ready for his acerbic, Lewis Black-esque take on modern parenting, but what they may not be ready for is the real story behind the book. Let me start by assuring you, yes, this book brings the funny. There are some laugh out loud sequences that will not disappoint. However, amidst the anecdotes about the adventures and misadventures of his young family, there is the backdrop of the real struggles that young first-time parents face. For example, the difficult transition away from your old married-without-children lifestyle, the uncertainties and moral ambiguities of child-rearing, and in particular the complex and terrifying nature of modern medicine are all themes that thread their way through the story. The tone flips very quickly between humor and heartfelt reflection, and ultimately creates a very compelling read.

Cynthia_N Jul 12, 2014

Hilarious book! It made me feel much better to know that I am not the only one who has had these weird thoughts!!

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