I Can Barely Take Care of Myself

  • by Jen Kirkman
  • Narrated by Jen Kirkman
  • 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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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What the Critics Say

"Jen Kirkman has written an excellent - and very funny - guide to promote not having children. Thanks girl, for saving me the time." (Chelsea Handler)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Funny. Not fall down laughing funny, but funny

I don't think parents will enjoy this book very much. As a adult that has chosen NOT to have children I enjoyed Jen's take on being purposefully childless. Everything she said was spot on. I love her on Chelsey Lately so I was not surprised I like the book. As my title says, I never fell down laughing or busted my gut laughing, but there were quite a few chuckles in this on.
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- david

Overly focused

I like Jen Kirkman, but this book was way too focused on the title. Her life seems so interesting yet she doesn't share the interesting points. I'm hoping her next book is better because I do like her voice and her writing style. I hope her next book talks more about relationships and dating and her family. Those were the highlights of this book. I understood after the first couple of chapters that she does not want to have children. Unfortunately she needed to talk about it constantly through the entire book. I was hopeful that the book would be more than just her repeating that she does not want to have children. Because I understood that and excepted it immediately it did not need to take up the entire book. I discovered her from a podcast and she really was hilarious on that. I think I will try the next book.
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- Stefanie Jensen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-12-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio