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I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids

I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids - Jen Kirkman I had fairly high hopes for this book. I enjoy humorous memoirs and I thought this one would have an interesting point of view. While it was a quick and easy read, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales from a Happy Life Without Kids by Jen Kirkman was rather disappointing. Jen Kirkman is a writer for Chelsea Lately, a comedy talk show featuring comedian Chelsea Handler. I did not know that when I picked up this book. I have never found the show funny, so it may not come as a huge surprise that I also did not find Kirkman's memoir funny. Instead, I found I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales from a Happy Life Without Kids to be trite, predictable and ultimately not worth the two hours it took to read.I picked up this book because I thought the premise - the idea that one can have an enjoyable life without having children - sounded interesting. Kirkman does make a few good points in the book about how many people react to such a statement - with raised eyebrows, labeling those who do not want children as selfish or lazy. However, too much of this book was more of a memoir about a woman I care nothing about and jokes I failed to find funny.I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales from a Happy Life Without Kids may be a good choice for fans of Chelsea Lately, but it simply is not for me.You can find this review and more on The Library Lass Book Talk Blog.