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Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  2,507 ratings  ·  430 reviews
Here, with his remorseless eye for the truth, the bestselling author of 'Liar's Poker' turns his sights on his own domestic world. The result is a wickedly enjoyable cautionary tale. Lewis reveals his own unique take on fatherhood, dealing with the big issues and challenges of new-found paternity.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Penguin Group(CA) (first published 2009)
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I have a request. Do NOT buy Home Team for anyone as a Father’s Day gift. DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT. Thank you.

Here’s why:

• This book is no-thought-necessary present for people who don’t know shit about the father in question. If you knew anything about the father in question, you would know he doesn’t want this book.
• The father doesn’t want this book if he’s a reader. The gauzy cover with the author drinking coffee while his child sits on his lap screams “Not a real book! Not a real book!” and the
It's kind of interesting that two excellent Berkeley-based writers named Michael both happened to come out with a book of ruminations on modern fatherhood (and its corollary, manhood) within a few months of each other. Since we added a second child to our own household a few months ago, and I'm now on (unpaid) leave to take care of him for a few months, this struck me as a good time to check out what two writers I greatly respect have to say on my current profession. (The other book is Michael C ...more
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 (mixed in with some of my favorite old Booknotes shows with Brian Lamb -- the guy is the best, bar none, interviewer around -- when she nods off.) She's not nodding off because of the book because it ha
Nancy Kennedy
I think I was meant to be a father. I sympathize completely with Michael Lewis's take on the divide between what men are supposed to feel upon becoming a father and what they actually do feel. "Maternal love may be instinctive," he says, "but paternal love is learned behavior." He admits to feelings of indifference, resentment and even "the odd Murderous Impulse."

Be assured, Mr. Lewis, that you're writing for a certain portion of the maternal community, too. My husband took a picture of me, post
A few hilariously funny anecdotal stories aside, this book by Michael Lewis is poison. While somewhat entertaining, and an extremely easy and quick read, this book provides little insight into 'real' fatherhood. It does little more than propagate the hideous fallacy that only mothers can be the true nurturers and care-givers for our children, and any attempts by a man to do so can only be inadequate. Furthermore, Lewis would have you believe if you are a father and you do feel confident in takin ...more
I have enjoyed most of what I've read by Michael Lewis...well, at least his writings that aren't about high finance. In Home Game he takes it to a whole new level. On most days Lewis doesn't seem the type to win 'Parent of the Year' awards, but throughout this book he gives a highly engaging, hilarious, and ultimately heartwarming take on life as a father of young kids (mostly daughters). I suspect anyone who has ever been one will find this take very familiar. There were times when I thought he ...more
This is a hilarious account of learning to be a father in the 21st century. I actually gave this book to a guy friend of mine who is struggling with the idea of marriage and fatherhood in the near future, and he stayed up all night reading and laughing, which is amazing since he's even more of a reluctant reader than he is a reluctant grownup. Myself, I was able to read it in just a few hours--it's light and amusing but makes some real points about the naturalness of maternity versus the learne ...more
Do you want to read about a guy who has a self-deprecating view of himself as a father, who yearns for an earlier age when fatherhood was all about earning the bacon and not about dealing with the casual insults that your daughters might throw in your face? Do you want to read a book by a guy who's proud of how few diapers he has changed during the lives of his three children, and read a humorous account of his wife's struggle with post-partum depression? Do you want to read about the three smal ...more
Blake Gaudet
As the reality of fatherhood fast approaches, I've been eager to soak up any and all advice I can get my hands on. I'm a notorious "Googler", researching everything to the point of information overload, so I was pretty excited when this book was recommended to me.

The Good - it was pretty funny. I won't deny Lewis that. It was also a quick read and the journal format made it easy to stop and start as necessary.

The Bad - Lewis' concept of fatherhood is so far outside of my own expectations that I
This was horrible. I have the audio CD's to listen in the car when commuting and I was done with disk 1 before I checked out the reviews. They were mostly negative and I can see why. I only wish I read them first and didn't waste 1-2 days of my life on this. There was something clearly lost with another person reading this maybe and the fact that I don't know Michael Lewis as writer or person. He seemed like a dad who felt being a dad was too much work and that he had other important things to d ...more
Reading Home Game, I wondered if Michael Lewis was aware that he’s not a normal person anymore, or if he’d simply spent too much time married to MTV News correspondents, hobnobbing with Wall Street bankers, rubbing shoulders with superstars of football and baseball, and jet-setting with wealthy college boosters to know what it’s like to be a normal father and husband. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy Home Game—it’s a breezy read filled with interesting and humorous anecdotes that, even if ...more
My husband is a fan of Michael Lewis's books, in particular Moneyball and The Blind Side, so when I saw that Lewis had a book about fatherhood, I figured it would be a good one for him to check out. I think I was right. As he read in bed next to me, he laughed out loud and even read me a couple passages (usually one of my annoying habits that I really appreciate seeing in others). He finished the book quickly, and mostly took away from it that Ferberizing is out of date, and that having more tha ...more
Jun 13, 2009 Richard rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I would not.
Recommended to Richard by: I read a very overblown review.
I wonder if Malcolm Gladwell (author of The Tipping Point) who wrote a raving comment for the jacket of this book and I read the same book. I do not think Mr. Lewis is the "finest storyteller of our generation".

His guide to fatherhood reads like a series of newspaper columns, although, indeed, they are from a Web magazine he contributes to. Some are mildly amusing; just not those where he proudly recalls his little girls quoting his worst potty-mouthed, rapper ghetto-speak.

The funniest section i
I've always enjoyed Michael Lewis' interviews on The Daily Show, so I was determined to read something of his at some point. This book humerous and quite touching at times. Maybe even a little instructive if you haven't been there yet yourself. I could certainly relate to a lot of it, although there were a few "oh, don't ever do that" and "it wasn't like that at all" moments. The quotes from his oldest daughter at a very young age are astounding. Even if she didn't quite know what she was saying ...more
The author of a billion books on smart people things, and praised by Malcolm Gladwell as our generation's finest storyteller, Michael Lewis is hilarious, sincere, and uncompromisingly masculine. In other words, he's the perfect person to write a book on true-to-life experiences in fatherhood, such as being strangely proud when his daughter says "motherfucker" in a public place, and characterizing himself and all fathers as unwitting "unreliable employees" in the eyes of their spouses. This book ...more
To read Michael Lewis’s ruminations on any subject is a pleasure; to review his contemporaneous reflections on new parenthood leaves me with only one complaint: why so short? (He was working on some silly baseball book, apparently.) Like any memoir, “Home Game” offers up some universal experiences and emotions, and others that will resonate with only a subset of readers. Some stories find humor while others most prominently feature commiserable defeat. While Lewis brings his formidable storytell ...more
Paul O'Grady
I know a book is good when I get so engrossed that I almost forget to get off the train at my subway stop (leading to an unexpected visit across the East River to Queens!). The essays in Home Game were entertaining and amusing, but there was something more profound lurking in the stories too. It's hard in this modern era to know your role as a father. I've learned quickly that maternal instincts are a real thing and something I don't understand. This book captures the state of bewilderment men s ...more
Adam Shields
Short review: I have been wanting to read something by Michael Lewis so I picked this up when I saw it on the Kindle Unlimited list. I mostly enjoyed it. I think we need more men to talk about their experiences with the changing role of fathers. And we need honesty about how that works. At times I still felt Lewis used the idiot Dad voice. Some of that was probably real ignorance and attempts to be honest about that. But others times it felt like he was just falling into the stereotype that was ...more
The book obviously polarizes people - lots of 1-star and 5-star reviews. That's Michael Lewis, who is funny and observant but also relies heavily on anecdote rather than analysis.

But he isn't trying to make a great analytical statement about a major area of public policy in this book. It's an impressionistic account of early fatherhood, from a funny man who doesn't take himself terribly seriously. (The bit on his own vasectomy was worth the price for me.) This is a slightly self-indulgent, well
Ly-ann Low
As a whole, I was a bit let down by this title by Michael Lewis. I did initially start very hopeful when the narrative begins in France - I thought it might be a male version of Bringing up Bebe, but alas, there is the back and forth between Europe and Stateside that one loses track of, unless you are familiar with the place names.

This is as he says, a compilation of his writings for Slate magazine on observations he's made on familial changes that take place as number one, two and three join t
I loved this memoir - especially since the focus (which is on the author's three children) was never intended as the subject matter for this book. His children stole the show.

What makes this such an interesting read are the gritty details, the everyday honesty and the dark side of parenting that fills many of the pages. You root for Michael Lewis throughout the book as the unlikely good, caring father - even through reading his faults and negative thoughts. He's human, he's a dad, and the book f
John Brugge
I think I enjoyed Joel Stein's "Man Made" much more than this one because Stein chronicled a personal transformation that took place, not an easy or expected one, but one quite honest and touching. The stories from Lewis had humor and were self-deprecating at times, but they seemed like more standard, self-centered, dumb guy things (avoiding spending time with baby daughter because he doesn't know what to do, mishandling a kid's sickness, being afraid of a vasectomy) than anything very revealing ...more
Michael Batz
When I read this book, I was a new dad. Seven weeks or so. I had a lot of doubts and feelings that I was embarrassed of (nothing major, just not understanding how I could get so frustrated so easily), and this book landed in my lap at the right time (Father's Day). Although it's not written as a simple pop psychology how-to book, that's the role it filled for me. I related to it so strongly that I can't really review the book on its merits.

I related to it so strongly because Lewis's struggles w
At times it feels like Lewis is just going through the motions, but he's such a clear writer and his honesty on fatherhood (for example, how long it took for him to actually develop fatherly feelings towards his kids ) is so unusual that this is still a great read. I think his best insight is that his love for his kids only developed after being forced to do the small things that are involved in taking care of a helpless, tiny creature.

The weak parts of the book come when Lewis focuses too much
Home Game is everything Alternadad was not. It describes fatherhood in a totally honest, funny, but yet also sympathetic light. Although this is one of the shortest books I have ever read, I didn't feel slighted after finishing it. Books are supposed to leave you wanting more- that's the sure sign of a good book.

I feel obligated to admit I have a long time man crush on Michael Lewis. In my mind, he is one of the great writers of the current era (and I don't make this claim lightly). His writing
Brian Ayres
This book has no direction or purpose other than to state and defend what I believe to be the truest words ever spoken about family planning: "Memory loss is the key to human reproduction. If you remembered what new parenthood was actually like you wouldn't go around lying to be people about how wonderful it is, and certainly wouldn't ever do it twice." Lewis, the author of contemporary sports classics Moneyball and The Blind Side, provides vignettes of his experience raising three girls. Lewis ...more
I'm not really sure why I read this. I'm not a father, and it seems increasingly likely that I'll never be one. I've liked Lewis' previous writing (although I've only read Moneyball, The Big Short, and a few of his articles), so maybe I was just hoping for a fresh take on a somewhat stale genre.

Instead, Lewis provides exactly what you might expect: a collection of humorous vignettes about a dumb father (a la Homer Simpson), his precocious kids, and his put-upon wife. It's certainly amusing and s
A fellow stay-at-home dad gave me this book, which is the author's journal from the early years of his three kids. It's a quick read, and pretty funny most of the time. His humor is the hapless buffoon variety--i.e., laugh as I stumble like an idiot through this job I'm totally unequipped for. It's funny--and he gets my sympathy--when he's the victim of circumstances basically out of his control, which is something to which any parent can completely relate.

But he also tries to mine humor--at le
Nov 14, 2009 Shannon rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todd Douthit
Recommended to Shannon by: Jason Truss
Shelves: nonfiction
Not many men write about fatherhood. And the ones who do write about it are rarely as honest as Michael Lewis. My husband brought this book home from the library and after he read part of the introduction aloud to me, I knew I wanted to read it after he finished. If I knew more men who read, I would buy this book for them. Sadly, very few of the dads I know would take the time to read this book, slim tome though it is.

So I'll just have to hope some fathers or fathers-to-be happen upon this revi
The author is a great writer, which is mainly what keeps this haphazardly organized book afloat. The narrative shifts from poignant moments of the author struggling to define what it means to be a parent and a dad, to random episodes like 30 pages I didn't want to read about the author's vasectomy. Still, I guess it's fitting that this is the first book I've read since becoming a father myself, even though I found that I couldn't relate with much of the author's traditional views of gender/paren ...more
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Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, The Money Culture, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, Panic, Home Game, The Big Short, and Boomerang, among other works, lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

His latest book, Flash Boys, was published on March 31, 2014.
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“Memory loss is the key to human reproduction. 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.” 3 likes
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