Thursday, July 9, 2020

The New One

Birbiglia, Mike. The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad. digital. 5hrs 9mins. 2020. Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781549126994.

Comedian Mike Birbiglia, knocks it out of the ballpark with his second collection of humorous essays and insights. Instead of discussing his hilariously terrifying sleepwalking troubles (Sleepwalk with Me: and Other Painfully True Stories) he's graduated on to scarier topics... parenthood. The New One chronicles Mike and his wife, Jennifer's journey from: denial that they'll ever want kids of their own, grim acceptance when his wife decides that she actually does want a baby, to creating an entirely  new lifestyle subject to their child Oona's needs. Peppered throughout the book are Jennifer Hope Stein's poetry about their daughter, their marriage, their fears, and their love. The poems go hand in hand with her husband's insights and help balance the story of their forays into parenthood. The stories are poignant, moving, and humorous. Fantastically narrated by both the authors, this is a book that all parents will easily relate to and laugh along with. A great gift for new (and old!) parents as well as comedy fans. A fantastic and engaging listen! - Erin Cataldi, Johnson Co. Public Library, Franklin, IN

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