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Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words (Paperback)

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“Kimberly Harrington deftly and hilariously uncovers all of the lies and bullshit women are told about motherhood. This book made me laugh, sure, but it also made me feel seen.”  — Jennifer Romolini, chief content officer at and author of Weird in a World That’s Not

An emotionally honest, arresting, and funny collection of essays about motherhood and adulthood.

“Being a mother is a gift.”

Where’s my receipt?

Welcome to essayist Kimberly Harrington’s poetic and funny world of motherhood, womanhood, and humanhood, not necessarily in that order. It’s a place of loud parenting, fierce loving, too much social media, and occasional inner monologues where timeless debates are resolved such as Pro/Con: Caving to PTO Bake Sale Pressure (“PRO: Skim the crappiest brownies for myself. CON: They’re really crappy.”) With accessibility and wit, she captures the emotions around parenthood in artful and earnest ways, highlighting this time in the middle—midlife, the middle years of childhood, how women are stuck in the middle of so much. It’s a place of elation, exhaustion, and time whipping past at warp speed. Finally, it’s a quiet space to consider the girl you were, the mother you are, and the woman you are always becoming.

About the Author

Kimberly Harrington is the author of Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words and But You Seemed So Happy: A Marriage, In Pieces and Bits. Her work is included in the collections Merciless & Unpredictable: A McSweeney's Guide to Parenting and Keep Scrolling Till You Feel Something: Twenty-One Years of Humor From McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. She’s a columnist and regular contributor to McSweeney’s and her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, and The Cut. A long-time copywriter and creative director for design studios and brands, her clients have included Apple, Nike, and Netflix.

Praise For…

“Kimberly Harrington deftly and hilariously uncovers all of the lies and bullshit women are told about motherhood. This book made me laugh, sure, but it also made me feel seen.”   — Jennifer Romolini, chief content officer at and author of Weird in a World That’s Not

Amateur Hour finds Kimberly Harrington as funny, cutting, honest, and brilliant as ever.” — Christopher Monks, editor of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and author of The Ultimate Game Guide to Your Life

“Her quirky, dissenting energy should resonate with parents who find little use for the usual mommy-blogger fare.” — Kirkus

“Funny, angry, and moving...readers—particularly those who have been in the motherhood trenches—will smile, laugh, and maybe even shed a tear.Publishers Weekly

Amateur Hour will make readers rotate through laughter, tears, and cringing, and are all written with refreshingly honest and bold abandon.” — Allison Banner, Booklist

“It takes real talent to be consistently funny while sharing both your worst fears and greatest dreams. Kimberly Harrington is a mother of two who does just that with her debut collection. . . . Whether she’s aiming for your funny bone or your heart, Harrington’s takes on motherhood are spot-on.” — BookPage

“Kimberly Harrington is one tough mother. Filled with the blunt, witty observations... Amateur Hour is a candid look at both the joys and horrors of family life, including pregnancy loss, marital strife and the guilt and exhaustion of 'work-life balance.'" — Salon

“With her trademark humor, Kimberly Harrington tackles the nitty-gritty aspects of motherhood in Amateur Hour. More concerned with brutal honesty than keeping up appearances, she bears all in frank prose covering everything from the senior pictures to her deep-seated desire for more family fights—and isn’t afraid to dish it out, either. Required reading for Mother’s Day (and every subsequent day after) is her piece demanding that mothers be given more than one day each year to be celebrated.” — Ms. Magazine

“For new moms who want to view the road ahead. And ‘been there, done that’ moms who want to nod in agreement and laugh out loud at Harrington’s perfect observations.” —

Amateur Hour is a feisty, arresting collection of essays that bring intimate laughter and tears often in the same breath. In a world of endless mommy tell-alls that feel like the literary equivalent of house chardonnay, this is top-shelf whiskey.” — Electric Literature

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062838742
ISBN-10: 0062838741
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English

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