The new one : painfully true stories from a reluctant dad

by Birbiglia, Mike,

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Summary
With laugh-out-loud funny parenting observations, the New York Times bestselling author and award-winning comedian delivers a book that is perfect for anyone who has ever raised a child, been a child, or refuses to stop acting like one.
In 2016 comedian Mike Birbiglia and poet Jennifer Hope Stein took their fourteen-month-old daughter Oona to the Nantucket Film Festival. When the festival director picked them up at the airport she asked Mike if he would perform at the storytelling night. She said, "The theme of the stories is jealousy."
Jen quipped, "You're jealous of Oona. You should talk about that."
And so Mike began sharing some of his darkest and funniest thoughts about the decision to have a child. Jen and Mike revealed to each other their sides of what had gone down during Jen's pregnancy and that first year with their child. Over the next couple years, these stories evolved into a Broadway show, and the more Mike performed it the more he heard how it resonated -- not just with parents but also people who resist all kinds of change.
So he pored over his journals, dug deeper, and created this book: The New One: Painfully True Stories From a Reluctant Dad . Along with hilarious and poignant stories he has never shared before, these pages are sprinkled with poetry Jen wrote as she navigated the same rocky shores of new parenthood.
So here it is. This book is an experiment -- sort of like a family.
Contents
The book starts here
Zombie kid-pocalypse
Seven reasons. I love my marriage ; My body is a lemon ; I don't know anything ; I have a cat ; I have a job ; There shouldn't be children anymore ; People aren't great
Vows
It's happening. Relentless ; Flat soda ; We got a win! ; Bomb jokes ; The poo doesn't smell ; Clean forks ; Bleeding ; Danger zone ; Daddymoon ; Baby's eyes ; Sympathetic eating ; Natural history
Monkey arrives. A reality-bending experience ; A renewal of vows ; A sleepwalker and an insomniac walk into a bed ; Hiccuptown ; We wub you ; Dating my wife ; My side of the story
Pretending
Monkey won't sleep. There's no me in we ; Friendly advice from other parents ; Sex maybe ; Great job ; Trying ; The legs don't reach the floor ; It is what it is
Me and my wife on a plane that's crashing
Can I have this house when you die?
So we don't cry
525,600 photos
Natural causes. Sugar fries ; Organic toxic waste ; YMCA ; Slice of life
The new one. We learn to dance ; The flu ; The eighth reason ; Coutz
Oonadad
The book ends here.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Before they got married, comedian Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories, 2010) and poet Stein didn't think they wanted kids. Somewhere along the line, though, feelings changed and they found themselves parents to baby Oona. Spurred by the "jealousy" prompt for a storytelling event, the couple shared their private writing about parenthood with one another, beginning the collaboration that evolved into a Broadway play, then a Netflix special, and now this book. While there are plenty of laughs here, the subtitle isn't hyperbole: Birbiglia, whose essay-chapters make up the bulk of the book, gets into some deep and dark stuff as he adjusts to parenthood, often feeling like a third wheel: "It's almost like I didn't know what nothing meant until I became a dad and then I realized, Oh, that's what nothing is." Sweet poems from Stein add levity and joy, too. Sex, sympathy weight, and Birbiglia's sleep disorder are all fair game in this hilariously, sometimes shockingly, and always refreshingly honest look at having a kid and becoming new one's self."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Comedian Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me) reflects on fatherhood in this fast-paced memoir, which also features his wife Stein's brief, intimate poems. In 2016, 40-year-old Birbiglia was happily married and happily childless: "I've lost a lot of great friends to kids," he notes. Then, Stein (Little Astronaut) tells him that she wanted to abandon their vow of childlessness; desperate to change her mind, he cites his dangerous sleepwalking disorder, high cholesterol, and a teenage bout with cancer as proof he's "a walking pre-existing condition," but his wife won him over. Stein develops complications during her pregnancy (she writes of her unborn daughter, "my body may fail you,/ (sorry)"), while the expectant father engages in "sympathy eating." ("I'm so sorry you're having cramps--are you gonna finish those fries?" writes Birbiglia). In the months after daughter Oona's birth, Birbiglia grows fearful that he may never connect with his "little monkey," yet soon enough he wins small victories, like receiving "record-high approval ratings" from Oona for his rendition of "Ave Maria." The turning point comes when he plays hide and seek with her in a furniture showroom, and she begins "laughing so hard that I start laughing in a new way... We're laughing as one." Birbiglia's witty take on new parenthood will resonate especially with those who've been there. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Birbiglia, Mike.
Birbiglia, Mike -- Family.
Humorists, American -- Biography.
Fatherhood -- Humor.
Parent and child -- Humor.
Parenting -- Humor.
Parent and child -- Poetry.
Parenting -- Poetry.
Autobiographies.
Publisher New York, NY :2020
Edition First edition.
Contributors Stein, J. Hope (Jen Hope), author.
Language English
Description viii, 242 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781538701515
1538701510
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