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You're Not Doing It Right by Michael Ian Black
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Mar 12, 2012

really liked it

4 1/2 stars. I really loved this book. Yes, Michael Ian Black comes off as kind of a crass jerk sometimes, but I have listened to him enough that I get that that is kind of his schtick, and it doesn't bother me so much, and really, his jerkiness can kind of be seen as raw honesty in a lot of cases. The first couple essays are not the strongest ones, but once he starts talking about marriage and parenthood, he absolutely shines. These essays are honest, hilarious, tender and true. I think one of my favorite essays was "I Hate my Baby" in which he describes the challenges of new parenthood with a fussy infant. I also loved "Dead Dad Kid" which is the piece he read on the Father's Day episode of This American Life. I listened to that piece three or four times and it is what made me want to buy this book. I thought it was so well-written and a perfect account of what it is like to grieve as a kid. Also wonderful: "Terrified Because it's Terrifying" about anticipating the arrival of his first child and "A Little Hard Work" - a painfully honest account of his marital struggles. And the last essay in the book is so sweet in a totally non-sappy kind of way that it got me all choked up and smiley. Will definitely re-read.
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Julia Kim, I got choked up too. Great review!


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