Someone Could Get Hurt by Drew Magary
A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood

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An outspoken dad’s brassy, wise and painfully honest view from the top of the family tree.
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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.
 

About Drew Magary

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Drew Magary is a correspondent for GQ and a columnist for Deadspin and Gawker. He’s also the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Postmortal and Men with Balls. He lives in Maryland with his wife and three kids.
 
Published May 16, 2013 by Avery. 257 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 20 2013

Two parents squirm their way into contemporary American adulthood in this hilarious and heartfelt account.

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Kirkus

Good
on Mar 24 2013

An outspoken dad’s brassy, wise and painfully honest view from the top of the family tree.

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AV Club

Above average
Reviewed by Kevin McFarland on May 20 2013

Someone Could Get Hurt is a worthwhile dip into a repetitive genre, but it’s otherwise decidedly optional.

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on May 16 2013

“Someone Could Get Hurt” is both hilarious and heartfelt. You don’t need to be a dad to enjoy this book. However, if you are a dad, I can almost guarantee that you’ll see a little bit of your own life contained within these pages.

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