A story of raging egos, brutal power struggles and fraught decision making. From the bestselling 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 ...
A story of raging egos, brutal power struggles and fraught decision making. From the bestselling 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). Much effort, none of it mine, has gone into preparing for this moment...Michael Lewis was born in New Orleans and educated at Princeton University and the London School of Economics. He has written several books including the New York Times bestseller, Liar's Poker, widely considered the book that defined Wall Street during the 1980s. Lewis is contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, columnist for Bloomberg and Slate.
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.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-04-13 After the birth of his first child, bestselling writer Lewis (Moneyball) felt he was a stranger in a strange land, puzzled at the gap between what he thought he should be feeling and what he actually felt. While he expected to be overcome by joy, he often felt puzzled; expecting to feel worried over a child's illness or behavior, he often felt indifferent. Lewis attempts to capture the triumphs, failures, humor, frustration and exhilaration of being a new father during the first year of each of his three children's lives. In one especially hilarious moment, Lewis is in a hotel pool in Bermuda distantly observing his children. When some older boys start teasing his oldest daughter, the youngest daughter, three years old at the time, lets fly a string of profanities at the top of her lungs. The boys retreat and then regroup for a second attack; when they return, she lets fly another string and tells them that she has peed in the pool, causing the boys to go away. All the while, Lewis watches from afar, too embarrassed to claim this youngster as his own but also proud that she has handled herself so smartly. Although Lewis is correct that his fatherhood moments might be more interesting to him than to anyone else, his reflections capture both the unease and the excitement that fatherhood brings. (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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