When he became a father, Michael Lewis found himself expected to feel things that he didn't feel, and to do things that he couldn't see the point of doing. At first, this made him feel guilty, until he realized that all around him fathers were pretending to do one thing, to feel one way, when in fact they felt and did all sorts of things, then engaged in what amounted to an extended cover-up.
Michael decided to keep a written record of what actually happened immediately after the birth of each of his three children. The 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. It's a wonder that his wife has allowed him to publish it.
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A Poor Guide
I was continually disappointed as I listened to this book. I do not recommend it. This father plays a nearly meaningless role and relegates fatherhood to just such a position as he bumbles around trying to figure out what to do. I have three children. If fathers listen to this book and learn any lessons from this book, they should throw them out.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lewis was great in Liars Poker, and he did a great job with this book. Would i read this to try and become a better dad? Probably not. Would i read this b/c Lewis is hilarious, tells a great story, and is blatantly honest about being a father and anyone can appreciate truth in the hardships of being a father? Yes. Buy it.