This is a story of raging egos, brutal power struggles and fraught decision making, from the best-selling author of Liar's Poker, Michael Lewis. Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood is probably the most brazenly honest and wickedly funny book about parenting ever written. Michael Lewis thought he'd seen it all. He'd worked in the city. He ...
This is a story of raging egos, brutal power struggles and fraught decision making, from the best-selling author of Liar's Poker, Michael Lewis. Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood is probably the most brazenly honest and wickedly funny book about parenting ever written. Michael Lewis thought he'd seen it all. He'd worked in the city. He knew how to deal with the worst excesses of human behaviour. He had cojones. Right? Wrong. He was about to become a father: 'If you remembered what new parenthood was actually like you wouldn't go around lying to people about how wonderful it is, and you certainly wouldn't ever do it twice.' Here Lewis reveals his own unique take on new-found paternity: from discovering your three-year-old loves swearing to the ethics of taking your offspring gambling at the races, from toilet-training to the inevitable tantrums - of both parent and child - and the gradual realization that, despite everything, he's becoming hooked: 'I know for a fact that my children are insane. Or, at any rate, I know that if an adult behaved as my children do, he would be institutionalized. Is it possible that they are contagious?' "Lewis is the finest storyteller of our generation." (Malcolm Gladwell).
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Michael Lewis is one of my favorite authors but this fails and it's somewhat predictable why.
As a father, I sometimes find myself telling friends or co-workers about this adorable thing my daughter said or did - and sometimes, halfway through the story, I realize, "Hmm...this probably isn't nearly as interesting to these guys as it is to me." Well, this whole book is sort of like that, mixed with the experience of reading Lewis' diary as a new father. It's occasionally cute, often boring and shockingly hard to relate even as a relatively new father myself.
This is a very short book, and if you are as big of a Michael Lewis fan as I am, you may not want to believe me so dive on in and experience it yourself - but as far as I'm concerned, it's not worth the time.
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