I Can Barely Take Care of Myself by Jen Kirkman
Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids

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7 Critic Reviews

...fans of Kirkman—and anyone whose not ready or willing to raise a little bundle of joy—will find this...entertaining...
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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.
 

About Jen Kirkman

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Jen Kirkman is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress well known for the award-winning short series Drunk History. She has two comedy albums, Self-Help and Hail to the Freaks, and writes for and appears as a comedian/panelist on E’s Chelsea Lately and After Lately.
 
Published April 16, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 225 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for I Can Barely Take Care of Myself
All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
on Jan 14 2013

The author seems likable enough, but her basic premise could have been condensed into a magazine article.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 24 2013

...fans of Kirkman—and anyone whose not ready or willing to raise a little bundle of joy—will find this...entertaining...

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jan 21 2013

...this book is ideal for the woman who needs a quick comeback for those who criticize her about not having kids, or for those just looking to laugh.

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BlogHer

Excellent
on Mar 01 2013

I was giddy while reading this book. I was relieved, I was laughing, I was cringing. I dog-eared my way through...

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The Spit Take

Above average
Reviewed by Nick A. Zaino III on Jul 18 2013

Her arguments are solid and amusing. But they begin to strain at the end, parts feeling like being buttonholed by the same type of aggressive person the book seeks to counter.

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Book Fetish

Good
Reviewed by Renee C. Fountain on Apr 15 2013

Part memoir and part manifesto, Jen Kirkman does a good job of keeping it real and above all keeping it funny.

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Roanoke Valley Woman

Good
on Apr 17 2013

While parents or parents-to-be might laugh at this book, I think it’ll be better-appreciated by anyone who’s made a negative decision on the “Baby, maybe” question. If that’s you, then you’ll love “I Can Barely Take Care of Myself.” No kid-ding.

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