Home Game – An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood

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Home Game – An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood

Home Game An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood Hilarious No mushy tribute to the joys of fatherhood Lewis book addresses the good the bad and the merely baffling about having kids Boston GlobeWhen Michael Lewis became a father he decided to ke

  • Title: Home Game – An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood
  • Author: Michael Lewis
  • ISBN: 9780393338096
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hilarious No mushy tribute to the joys of fatherhood, Lewis book addresses the good, the bad, and the merely baffling about having kids Boston GlobeWhen Michael Lewis became a father, he decided to keep a written record of what actually happened immediately after the birth of each of his three children This book is that record But it is also something else maybe t Hilarious No mushy tribute to the joys of fatherhood, Lewis book addresses the good, the bad, and the merely baffling about having kids Boston GlobeWhen Michael Lewis became a father, he decided to keep a written record of what actually happened immediately after the birth of each of his three children This book is that record But it is also something else maybe the funniest, most unsparing account of ordinary daily household life ever recorded, from the point of view of the man inside The remarkable thing about this story isn t that Lewis is so unusual It s that he is so typical The only wonder is that his wife has allowed him to publish it.

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    1. RandomAnthony on said:

      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 r [...]

    2. Tony on said:

      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 [...]

    3. Brian on said:

      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 [...]

    4. Eric_W on said:

      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 [...]

    5. Nancy Kennedy on said:

      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 [...]

    6. martha on said:

      Mildly entertaining but too much in the vein of 'bumbling sitcom dad and shrewish wife' for my taste. +10 points for the part where someone tells him she loved his essays about his son in the Luxembourg Gardens and I thought "no, that was Adam Gopnik," just as he says "no, that was Adam Gopnik." Possibly I have read too much in the sub-sub-genre of nonfiction about raising children in Paris.

    7. Mike on said:

      I have enjoyed most of what I've read by Michael Lewiswell, 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 ha [...]

    8. Jackie on said:

      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 learned [...]

    9. catharine on said:

      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 [...]

    10. Erik Tanouye on said:

      Found this book in the Used Donation store attached to the Beacon, NY library. In the store, I noticed on the back that the cover photo was taken by Tabitha Soren. I was interested that the former MTV news person had started doing book cover photography. Then I flipped through the book and saw on the last page that she was thanked, since she is Michael Lewis's wife and the mother of his three children (who the book is about). I hadn't known that! Anyway, I'm not sure if she was ever able to loca [...]

    11. Keenan Johnston on said:

      This was given to me by a friend as a welcome to fatherhood gift. As always, Michael Lewis is entertaining and finds the humor in raising kids. Probably better suited to read for your second child but a couple snippets of wisdom that make it worthwhile.

    12. Patrick on said:

      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 th [...]

    13. Anne on said:

      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 [...]

    14. Blake Gaudet on said:

      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 [...]

    15. Richard on said:

      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 [...]

    16. Jonathan on said:

      A breezy, fun read that can easily be enjoyed in a sitting or two. Lewis steers clear of the overpopulated "personal epiphany" class of parenting books ("d that special moment was when I really knew I loved my child!") and instead just shares anecdotes about his experiences as a father.Lewis wins points for his honesty about his experience; he writes about the frustration of the modern father, who does not automatically feel all of the Right Emotions at the Right Time, and whose efforts at home [...]

    17. Eric on said:

      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 [...]

    18. Nick on said:

      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 [...]

    19. Joseph on said:

      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 [...]

    20. Mark Gomez on said:

      This book is hilariously real and short, another sign that it was written by someone in the real parental trenches.

    21. Mr. Allain on said:

      Basically, Michael Lewis shares brutally honest accounts regarding his own doubts about fatherhood and the extent to which he underestimated his "role" as a father. He also tries to explore the events that warmed him to his children and captures some small moments of beauty without going down a "#blessed" rabbit hole. In fact, the best audience for this book is probably readers who are sick of being directly or indirectly pressured into becoming parents.My favorite thing about the book was that [...]

    22. Kyle Ryan on said:

      I received Home Game as a Father's Day gift and found it to be a fun little read to get through over the course of a few train rides. This book doesn't set out to try and change your life or recast your views on being a modern parent; rather it aims to reassure dads out there that our struggles are more universal than we think and that sometimes the struggles are the best part (or at least make the best stories). The book reads as if you snuck away to a happy hour with Michael Lewis and stayed a [...]

    23. Kevin Vejrup on said:

      Michael Lewis writes about his experience as a dad of two daughters and a son. He puts effort into describing the changed pattern of parents, where dad participates, but as a second string. It is brilliant in putting words to not bonding with babies and dealing with unthankful and mean kids, and also gives a troubled account of the american health care system.The best stories include:-Little sister yelling at teasing boys in the pool-Single parenting as a battering Rocky going into the twelfth r [...]

    24. Ethan Faris on said:

      Truly a wonderful and whats eems like one of the only few truly authentic takes on the early years of being a parent/father, and just how weird it is to become a father. Going from how precarious a father's position is when his wife goes into labour, to how it takes times to love a child for some people (for him six months), which is heartening for me as an elementary school teacher, I often feel I should have a deeper connection to my students, but I have to realize that that takes time for som [...]

    25. Jon Green on said:

      This book is likeable enough. Unlike all of the other Lewis books I've read, this one isn't about something detailed and well known, it's simply about his family life with a growing family. It's really a collection of short "essays" beginning early on with his first child and ending shortly after the birth of his third child. It's well written and interesting and you get a taste for the emotions he feels about the changes in his life. A good quick easy read which was a nice change of pace for me [...]

    26. Gail on said:

      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 sto [...]

    27. Steven Hartman on said:

      Currently a father of young ones? Thinking about being a father? This one tells it like it is from a father's perspective. One constant thing about being a parent is wondering if your kid is "normal" or if you're being a "good" parent. You see the way other kids behave and think "Okay, good, they are just fine." This book validates feelings - you'll nod your head, laugh and know that other fathers are going through the same thing you are.

    28. Yalın on said:

      "The first rule of fatherhood is that if you don't see what the problem is, you are the problem." "The second rule of fatherhood is that if everyone in the room is laughing, and you don't know what they are laughing about, they are laughing about you."It was fun to read the experiences of Lewis on fatherhood. My favourite episode was the one with Mickey Mouse costume guy who lives in Nevada :-)

    29. T Sunclades on said:

      This is an honest book about fatherhood, which is rare. Most fatherhood books are sappy and filled with love at first sight introductions to children.Michael is honest, he focuses on the growth of love over time. The small interactions that build a bond between fathers and children.A short read that is well worth your time if you always found the movies and description of fatherhood to be disingenuous. Of course admitting any of this can cause a lot of trouble with mothers, so be careful.

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