I Can Barely Take Care of Myself

Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids

I Can Barely Take Care of Myself

In this instant New York Times bestseller that’s “boldly funny without being anti-mom” (In Touch), comedian and Chelsea Lately regular Jen Kirkman champions every woman’s right to follow her own path—even if that means being “childfree by choice.”

In her debut memoir, actress and comedian Jen Kirkman delves into her off-camera life with the same snarky sensitivity and oddball humor she brings to her sold-out standup shows and the Chelsea Lately roundtable, where she is a writer and regular performer. As a woman of a certain age who has no desire to start a family, Jen often finds herself confronted (by friends, family, and total strangers) about her decision to be “childfree by choice.I Can Barely Take Care of Myself offers honest and hilarious responses to questions like “Who will take care of you when you get old?” (Servants!) and a peek into the psyche—and weird and wonderful life—of a woman who has always marched to the beat of a different drummer and is pretty sure she’s not gonna change her mind, but thanks for your concern.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476739946 | 
  • April 2014

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Jen Kirkman

Jen Kirkman is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress well known for the award-winning short series Drunk History. She has two comedy albums, Self-Help and Hail to the Freaks, a Netflix comedy special, I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine), and writes for and appears as a comedian/panelist on E’s Chelsea Lately and After Lately. She is the author of I Can Barely Take Care of Myself and I Know What I’m Doing—and Other Lies I Tell Myself.

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