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The new one : painfully true stories from a reluctant dad / Mike Birbiglia ; with poems by J. Hope Stein.

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Bagley Public Library 921 BIR (Text) 33500013264304 New Available -
Barnesville Public Library 921 BIR (Text) 33500013264312 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781538701515
  • ISBN: 1538701510
  • Physical Description: 242 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2020.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Seven reasons -- It's happening -- Monkey arrives -- Monkey won't sleep -- Me and my wife on a plane that's crashing -- Can I have this house when you die? -- So we don't cry -- 525,600 photos -- Natural causes -- The new one -- Oonadad.
Summary, etc.:
"Mike Birbiglia never wanted to be a father. In fact, there are seven very specific reasons he never wanted a kid, including his aversion to sticky surfaces and his less-than-ideal genes: he's had Lyme Disease, a bladder tumor, diabetes, and dangerous sleepwalking, to name a few. Not to mention the fact that Mike generally doesn't think people (including himself) are really all that great. Then Mike's wife, poet Jen Hope Stein, becomes infected with the contagion 'baby fever' and convinces him she'll do all of the parenting and that their lives don't have to change because of future baby Oona. Yes, he bought that line. In a hilarious memoir about the trials and tribulations of parenting, Mike Birbiglia shares anecdotes all parents can relate to, including laugh-out-loud observations on the lead up to being a parent, the birth of the baby, and the very messy aftermath of bringing this new one home...for a forever stay! Borne out of and based on his Broadway show The New One, and entirely expanded upon with at least 50% new material for this book, new dad Birbiglia will have you crying from laughter and smiling with joy as he falls in love with baby Oona, despite how smelly she is! Mike's candid thoughts on his reluctance about becoming a dad, what he describes as being the 'pudgy milkless vice president of his family,' laced with Stein's poetry combine to form a heartfelt and hilarious book"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 April #2
    Before they got married, comedian Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories, 2010) and poet Stein didn't think they wanted kids. Somewhere along the line, though, feelings changed and they found themselves parents to baby Oona. Spurred by the jealousy prompt for a storytelling event, the couple shared their private writing about parenthood with one another, beginning the collaboration that evolved into a Broadway play, then a Netflix special, and now this book. While there are plenty of laughs here, the subtitle isn't hyperbole: Birbiglia, whose essay-chapters make up the bulk of the book, gets into some deep and dark stuff as he adjusts to parenthood, often feeling like a third wheel: It's almost like I didn't know what nothing meant until I became a dad and then I realized, Oh, that's what nothing is. Sweet poems from Stein add levity and joy, too. Sex, sympathy weight, and Birbiglia's sleep disorder are all fair game in this hilariously, sometimes shockingly, and always refreshingly honest look at having a kid and becoming new one's self. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Mike Birbiglia is a comedian, storyteller, director, actor and New York Times bestselling author who has performed in front of audiences worldwide. His shows, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes, were both filmed for Netflix. His most recent show, The New One, ran for ninety-nine shows at the Cort Theatre on Broadway.

In addition to performing live, Mike wrote, directed, and starred in the films Sleepwalk with Me and Don't Think Twice. His first book Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

As an actor, Mike has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, HBO's Girls, and Broad City, as well as in films like Trainwreck, The Fault in Our Stars, and Popstar. He played recurring roles in Orange is the New Black and Billions. He is a frequent contributor to public radio's This American Life and The Moth Radio Hour and was honored in 2017 with the Kurt Vonnegut Award for humor.

J. Hope Stein is a poet, and the author of Little Astronaut. Her work has been published in the New York Times, the New Yorker and Poetry International.

Subject: Birbiglia, Mike.
Birbiglia, Mike > Family.
Humorists, American > Biography.
Fatherhood > Humor.
Parent and child > Humor.
Parenting > Humor.
Parent and child > Poetry.
Parenting > Poetry.
Birbiglia, Mike.
Humorists, American.
Parent and child.
Genre: Biographies.

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