Home Game

Home Game

An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393069013
Branch Call Number: 306.8742092 L675L
Characteristics: 190 p. : ill.


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JCLHannahJaneW Feb 24, 2016

The best moment in this book:

When Michael's daughter gave him the "I'm-here-to-speak-the-truth-to-power stare and said, 'We're poor, Daddy. And you didn't tell us. You lied to us.'"

Sep 15, 2014

As of writing this review, I am just one fleeting month away from becoming a father myself. The timing of this book for me couldn't be more relevant. In Home Game, Michael Lewis' first-person account has his usual refined mix of wit and hit-over-the-head realism, though I suspect that just beneath the surface of the hilarity and the tender moments you'll find an exhausted man teetering on the edge of severe depression.

Becoming a parent is one of the BIG things I've looked forward to nearly all my life. I know the trail is fraught with sleepless nights, compromises and many other countless unknowns, but I still want this experience, this adventure, as part of my time on this earth more than ever.

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