- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK (4 June 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141043199
- ISBN-13: 978-0141043197
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,53,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood Paperback – 4 Jun 2009
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Michael Lewis's global bestselling books lift the lid on the biggest stories of our times. They include Flash Boys, a game-changing exposé of high-speed scamming; The Big Short, which was made into a hit Oscar-winning film; Moneyball, the story of a maverick outsider who beat the system; and Liar's Poker, the book that defined the excesses of the 1980s. Michael Lewis was born in New Orleans and educated at Princeton University and the London School of Economics.
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This collection of essays by Michael Lewis. however, was perfect. I've enjoyed reading Lewis's other writing on financial topics and this collection struck the perfect tone of confronting many of the fears and emotions parents face without going overboard or resorting to the tired cliches. Lewis manages to convey the range of emotions and feelings that a modern dad confronts with truly hysterical stories of his experiences in raising his children. He pulls no punches on the frustration a dad feels at times, yet doesn't bury the life-changing effect of having children in your life.
Now that I've had over a year's experience being a father (no time at all, I know!), I re-read Lewis's book and was amazed at how perfectly he captured fatherhood. If you are a father-to-be, I couldn't recommend this book more if you are looking to ease into the water. This would also be the perfect present for your husband if he is the type that won't go for normal cheesy books about kids. Like Lewis's other excellent books, he has a gift for employing his sharp sense of humor and clear writing to convey a feeling and understanding to a subject that few writers are able to achieve. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all fathers and fathers-to-be.
Worth a belly full of laughs. Unfortunately, if Moms read this - it will confirm your worst suspicions about Dads.
The first incident is worth repeating. He is in a swimming pool on vacation at a resort. He is in the adults pool and his two young daughters in the kids pool. A boy comes by and tries to bully them. Lewis' younger daughter yells foul obscenities at the boy in a very loud voice and chases him away. The rest of the parents around the pool are simplify horrified at this language. In a flash of inspiration Lewis' realizes no one knows he is their father. So in his words, he 'drops quietly like an alligator below the water' and swims away, but secretly proud that his daughter stood up for herself, but VERY relieved his wife was not around.
The book is mainly broken into 3 parts. One for each of his kids. The stories are not step-by-step chronological accounts of his experiences but descriptions of his fatherhood moments. These "moments" are probably typical (I wouldn't know yet) in a family setting but the way he wrote them is just plain funny! More than half the time I find myself laughing out loud like I'm in a stand up comedy show.
This book is not really a guide to fatherhood or even lessons for fathers and fathers-to-be. He's not lecturing, not even giving pointers. This is an account of his experiences as a father; but as we all know we learn from experiences, some from our own some from others. As I said earlier, I am a first time expectant father and by no means I can say this book got me prepared for what is to come. But I do know this, now I have a little better idea of what it's going to be like.
By the way, I bought this book through Kindle and read it between my iPhone and the iPad. The texts were rendered cleanly and Whispersync was flawless. There were no pics or diagrams in this Kindle version of the book.
**Spoiler Alert: He talked about vasectomy in the book. I really did not like that (as you can probably understand with my situation). It was a pretty detailed account that I honestly skimmed and skipped over. Sorry, it's not for me right now and maybe ever.
I think the title is ironic. He doesn't really know what he's doing therefore the book is no guide at all.
I often wondered how much of what he wrote was true and how much was hyperbole. The almost anarchist stance he takes towards his children is odd I think. I felt bad for him and his children at points.
I think as a sort of contrarian point of view towards parenthood its very interesting and maybe even useful. But mostly its just funny.
Four stars. It's good for an evening of chuckles.
One of my favorite chapters was the one that recounts his visit with his oldest daughter to an amusement park for toddlers in the middle of Oakland: Fairyland, I think it's called. I was laughing late into the night.
There's also a very detailed and viscerally affecting section on Lewis's vasectomy.
I loved this book - such fun and so smart too.