November 16, 2014

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

Book Description: Kristin Newman spent much of her twenties and thirties buying dresses to wear to her friends' weddings and baby showers. Not ready to settle down and in need of an escape from her fast-paced job as a sitcom writer, Kristin instead traveled the world, often alone, for several weeks each year. In addition to falling madly in love with the planet, Kristin fell for many attractive locals, men who could provide the emotional connection she wanted without costing her the freedom she desperately needed. 
Kristin introduces readers to the Israeli bartenders, Finnish poker players, sexy Bedouins, and Argentinean priests who helped her transform into "Kristin-Adjacent" on the road–a slower, softer, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home. Equal parts laugh-out-loud storytelling, candid reflection, and wanderlust-inspiring travel tales,What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a compelling debut that will have readers rushing to renew their passports. 

Review: Considering I have no children and have never wanted them even though it is expected in our culture, and even though I have total wanderlust and wish I had the money to travel, I did not connect with Newman after the first 1/4 of the book.  I thought these travels would be interesting or funny or crazy or even enlightening.  How can someone who is a comedy writer write such a boring book?  It was okay at the beginning before you realize that she basically tells the same story over and over again in different ways and in different places. She, obviously, did not make me laugh-out-loud or inspire me to visit any of the places she traveled.  It was SUCH a letdown.  

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