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"You'll Change Your Mind."

That’s what everyone says to Jen Kirkman— and countless women like her—when she confesses she doesn’t plan to have children. But you know what? It’s hard enough to be an adult. You have to dress yourself and pay bills and remember to buy birthday gifts. You have to drive and get annual physicals and tip for good service. Some adults take on the added burden of caring for a tiny human being with no language skills or bladder control. Parenthood can be very rewarding, but let’s face it, so are margaritas at the adults-only pool.

Jen’s stand-up routine includes lots of jokes about not having kids (and some about masturbation and Johnny Depp), after which complete strangers constantly approach her and ask, “But who will take care of you when you’re old?” (Servants!) Some insist, “You’d be such a great mom!” (Really? You know me so well!)

Whether living rent-free in her childhood bedroom while trying to break into comedy (the best free birth control around, she says), or taking the stage at major clubs and joining a hit TV show— and along the way getting married, divorced, and attending excruciating afternoon birthday parties for her parent friends—Jen is completely happy and fulfilled by her decision not to procreate.

I Can Barely Take Care of Myself is a beacon of hilarious hope for anyone whose major life decisions have been questioned by friends, family, and strangers in a comedy club bathroom. And it should satisfy everyone who wonders if Jen will ever know true love without looking into the eyes of her child.

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I Can Barely Take Care of Myself
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A copy for all my friends with kids!
March 17th, 2014
Best book ever! I totally could have written this my myself or at the very least added a couple more chapters! Everything was so true and it's nice to know ignorance abounds everywhere! Those of us childless by choice don't need your pity, your advice or your critic when we choose to spend hundreds on a vacation or something equally "frivolous". sorry? I couldn't hear you over the sound of your kids tearing your house apart even though you told them a million times now to stop and have easily counted to fifty in increments of 3s! Lol. My dog is better behaved than most of my friends kids! This book says it all. Read it and just admit silently to yourself...you're jealous! Lol thx jen for a great laugh! :)
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Cathartic and a god damned delight
May 30th, 2013
Thank you to Jen Kirkman for writing this. It was funny and entertaining and also more validating and reassuring than therapy.
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May 29th, 2013
Jen Kirkman is one funny woman! I related to her so much while reading this book. I laughed out loud at many parts. Great job Jen!
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