Kristin Newman spent her 20s and 30s dealing with the stresses of her high-pressure job as a television comedy writer, and the anxieties of watching most of her friends get married and start families while she wrestled with her own fear of both. Not ready to settle down and yet loathe to become a sad-sack single girl, Kristin instead started traveling the world, often alone, for a few months each year, falling madly in love with attractive locals who provided moments of the love she wanted without the cost of the freedom she needed. She introduces listeners to the Israeli bartenders, Argentinian priests, Finnish poker players, and sexy Bedouins who helped her transform into "Kristin-Adjacent" on the road - a quieter, less judgmental, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home. Ultimately, Kristin's adventures led her to a better understanding of what she was actually running away from at home and why every life hurdle seemed to put her on a transatlantic flight to the unknown. Equal parts laugh-out-loud storytelling; thoughtful, candid reflection; and wanderlust-inspiring travel tales, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a compelling and hilarious debut that will have listeners scrambling to renew their passports.
©2014 Kristin Newman (P)2014 Tantor
"[A] funny and unflinchingly honest memoir." (Publishers Weekly)
The author's logic while she stumbles through her path-finding mid-life struggle makes it difficult to root for her. It's kind of like watching someone try and feed a folded bill into a vending machine while they get infuriated that the machine won't accept it. She's adventurous, but I found myself rolling my eyes for most of the book.
The author's tone when reading this book irritated me almost as much as the hollow story itself. It felt like she was rambling in a monotone cadence.
Worth the read/listen for people who are single and in their late 20s or early 30s. It will be reassuring to know that if someone with a compass that broken can find someone, you can too. Harsh? Yes. Honest? Yes.
Didn't get much out of it other than a few chuckles. Listening to it did make it feel as though the author was telling me the stories in person, which I think made it more enjoyable than reading the words. The performance was the better half.
I loved Kristin's passion, sense of adventure and learning about how she lived her life. The ending was somewhat expected but the stepmother (s) (without giving spoilers) storyline was much loved.
The book was good but it was missing that Eat Pray Love thing The story just sounded redundant. Kind of like that friend who goes back to her ex 100 times. You get tired of hearing it after a while.
There were moments I was laughing out loud, and moments I was in deep thought about the lives we lead, the places we go and the people we meet. I loved Kristen's narration and enjoyed her crazy stories.
Her voice was hard to listen to, i couldn't get far into the story because i just couldn't listen to her any longer. I'm disappointed because the title is so catchy i thought i would love this book but i just didn't. great title and good idea it just didn't workout for me. I've learned to listen to the sample before purchase.
i will go back to mysteries
a calmer voice would be for a better listen
yes, there were some parts that i did enjoy just nothing comes to mind worth mentioning.
I have to admit, despite being a single childless 30-something solo traveler and that I will read travel memoirs any time I get the chance, I hesitated to pick up this book. The title just really rubbed me the wrong way. I got the impression it was going to be about a privileged woman jet-setting while bragging about how much fun she was having instead of settling down.
And it is about that *a little* but not in the overbearing way you might think. She's humble in her experiences and honest to a point of being extremely relatable. She's got a lot of depreciating humor which I am a fan of.
Also, while I typically don't enjoy authors reading their works, this book is most definitely helped by the fact that Kristin reads the memoir. Her humor comes through big time and it feels like she's sitting there telling you all these fun stories herself.
It has inspired me to get out on the road again despite the fact that (as she points out a few times) it's hard to be a 30-something traveling alone because you're surrounded by 20-somethings and couples. If she can do it, so can I.
If you're not sure, give the audio sample a chance, that's what drew me in in the first place.
Colorado Springs, CO, United States I particularly enjoy romance/fantasy books, management books, and YA fiction.
When I started this book, I initially had problems getting into it: it seemed so outside my comfort zone : but the further I got the more Kristin sounded like a friend. This book is funny, smart, relatable, and so much fun to listen to. A guy even rolled down his window to ask what was so funny while I was listening to it in the car. It's that funny. A great listen overall.
Ce n'est pas grave!
There was WAY too much information in this book about the author's sex experiences . Experiencing these activities is one thing, but hearing about it in a singsong cadence was so irritatingly gross. I would not recommend this one to anyone. At all.
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