Virtual Event: Jokes & Poems with Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein
The New One:
Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad
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August 9, 2020
7:00 PM ET
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$33.25 (book, signed bookplate, and shipping included)
Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes beloved comedian MIKE BIRBIGLIA and celebrated poet J. HOPE STEIN for an evening of jokes, poems, and a discussion of their book The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad.
All tickets include a copy of The New One with an accompanying bookplate, signed by both authors.
About The New One
In 2016 comedian Mike Birbiglia and poet Jennifer Hope Stein took their fourteen-month-old daughter Oona to the Nantucket Film Festival. When the festival director picked them up at the airport she asked Mike if he would perform at the storytelling night. She said, "The theme of the stories is jealousy."
Jen quipped, "You're jealous of Oona. You should talk about that."
And so Mike began sharing some of his darkest and funniest thoughts about the decision to have a child. Jen and Mike revealed to each other their sides of what had gone down during Jen's pregnancy and that first year with their child. Over the next couple years, these stories evolved into a Broadway show, and the more Mike performed it the more he heard how it resonated—not just with parents but also people who resist all kinds of change.
So he pored over his journals, dug deeper, and created this book: The New One: Painfully True Stories From a Reluctant Dad. Along with hilarious and poignant stories he has never shared before, these pages are sprinkled with poetry Jen wrote as she navigated the same rocky shores of new parenthood.
So here it is. This book is an experiment—sort of like a family.
Praise for The New One
"Mike Birbiglia and Jen Stein are the best collaborators since Emily Dickinson teamed up with her long-winded comedian friend. I'm joking because I cannot express how much this book affected me and how many times it made me cry." —John Mulaney, comedian
"Mike Birbiglia & J. Hope Stein have written the seminal parenting tome—side-splittingly funny from the first word to the last delicious bite. It's a page-turner, wise and wise-assed, the comic hit of the year. Whether you've been a parent or ever had one: you'll love this knockout!" —Mary Karr, author of The Liars' Club, Cherry, and Lit
"This is a brilliant, funny, big-hearted version of he-said, she-said. Birbiglia and Stein trade jokes and poems and splendid storytelling about their roundabout stumble into parenthood. It's hilarious, humane, often beautiful, and absolutely captivating." —Susan Orlean, New York Times bestselling author of The Library Book
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