Audie Award Finalist, Humor, 2014
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 best sellers 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, flat-head syndrome, and a man trying to commit the ultimate act of selflessness is a selfish world.
©2013 Drew Magary (P)2013 Penguin Audio
When he was talking about the first few weeks of having a newborn. I could totally relate
Good book, wish it was longer.
I read this book a few years ago and genuinely loved it then. For some reason the audio book got on my radar and I decided to try it out. I'm so glad I did. Drew is clearly emotionally invested in this book. You could hear it as he told the stories from his life. He has a unique ability to put you on a rollercoaster of emotion, especially if you've shared any of his more dramatic life experiences. The NICU is the best/worst thing in the world, and as he told his story I got incredibly emotional, something a grown ass man should never do. And this is why Drew Magary is a total jerk.
I loved listening to this on later this leave while taking care of my 3 week old NICU alumna. The audio version is excellent - the author does his children's voices, sings, and really adds to the experience.
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