Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood

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W. W. Norton & Company, May 18, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 190 pages
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A book that explores the difference between the idea of fatherhood and a manís actual experience of it.

When he became a father, Michael Lewis found himself expected to feel things that he didnít feel, and to do things that he couldnít 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.

Lewis decided to keep a written record of what actually happened immediately after the birth of each of his three children. This 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 isnít that Lewis is so unusual. Itís that he is so typical. The only wonder is that his wife has allowed him to publish it.
  

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When best-selling author Lewis (The Blind Side) became a father, he discovered a huge disparity between what he was really feeling and what he was expected to feel. This honest, moving, and often ... Read full review

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Contents

WE LANDED AT Charles de Gaulle Airport a couple of
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HERE IS HOW we spend the first half hour of
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LEAFING THROUGH A brochure that advertised Activi
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ON THE RARE days I do my fair share of
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AT SOME POINT in the last few decades the American
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MY MAIN AMBITION when my wife went into labor
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THE LAST PLACE to recover from what they do to
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IN WADING THROUGH the parenthood literature I have
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I ONCE WENT to visit Roald Dahl at his home
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ONE OF THE many surprising things to me about father
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WHEN I CAME
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TWO HAD SEEMED like the right number to both of
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ONCE THEY WHEEL Tabitha from the delivery room to
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THERE IS A warning sign before the trouble begins
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ONE AFTERNOON I find my wife standing in the kitchen
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THE LAST TIME
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THE OTHER DAY on the way to school Quinn demanded
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THE THING THAT most surprised me about fatherhood
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THE FIRST RULE of fatherhood is that if you dont
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THE OTHER NIGHT
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THE SECOND RULE of fatherhood is that if everyone in
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ID DRIVEN AN hour from home to give a talk
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SPLAYED ON THE operating table staring at the back of
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EVERY NIGHT AFTER Walker is asleep and the girls
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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About the author (2009)

Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of Liarís Poker, The Money Culture, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, Panic, Home Game, The Big Short, and Boomerang, among other works, lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

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