Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood
A book that explores the difference between the idea of fatherhood and a man’s actual experience of it.When he became a father, Michael Lewis found himself expected to feel things that he didn’t feel, and to do things that he couldn’t see the point of doing. At first this made him feel ... show more
A book that explores the difference between the idea of fatherhood and a man’s actual experience of it.When he became a father, Michael Lewis found himself expected to feel things that he didn’t feel, and to do things that he couldn’t see the point of doing. At first this made him feel guilty, until he realized that all around him fathers were pretending to do one thing, to feel one way, when in fact they felt and did all sorts of things, then engaged in what amounted to an extended cover-up. Lewis decided to keep a written record of what actually happened immediately after the birth of each of his three children. This book is that record. But it is also something else: maybe the funniest, most unsparing account of ordinary daily household life ever recorded from the point of view of the man inside. The remarkable thing about this story isn’t that Lewis is so unusual. It’s that he is so typical. The only wonder is that his wife has allowed him to publish it. 3 photos
Publish date: May 18th 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Biography Memoir
Light and amusing. One wonders if most fathers feel this way.
Talking about your children in public is like talking about sex: it's Freudian as hell, the things you say tend to be gendered, and you upset your audience with all the stickiness, cussing, and genitals. But like sex talk, it can be totally fun, as Lewis' book shows. When I was pregnant with my firs...
Teaser: If you have a weak mind, are unable to turn off your "I am sooo offended brain cells", wear polyester shorts, have plastic on your furniture, and just can't bear to see a naughty word, skip this review.Take 1: My wife and I are listening to this while driving up into Minnesota on vacation (m...
Quite funny, and slight--which is not a snipe but a statement of fact. I loved these short, ragged essays the first time I read (the bulk of) them at Slate, and it was nice to see the rough arc across them. Lewis is consistently funny--and not just because kids testing out profanities in shame-ind...