An emotionally honest, arresting, and funny collection of essays about motherhood and adulthood. With accessibility and wit, Kimberly Harrington 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.

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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

"Selling this book as a book about motherhood would sell it short. Rather, it is a meditation on a full, beautiful, and messy life. In her first book, Harrington, a contributor to the New Yorker and McSweeney’s, writes about being a woman in her twenties, thirties, and forties; about being a working woman, wife, and mother; about being a person who struggles daily with anxiety and worry for her future, her death, her children’s safety, and her marriage. No piece in this collection of short vignettes is much like another. Chapters will make readers rotate through laughter, tears, and cringing, and are all written with refreshingly honest and bold abandon."


"This funny, angry, and moving essay collection from Harrington, a copywriter and regular contributor to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, considers life for women dealing with motherhood, work, marriage, self-image, expectations, ambition, fatigue, and everything else. Per the subtitle, the writing is often profane, but just as often poignant. Full of 'righteous anger' about how quickly new mothers are expected to leap back into full-time work, nostalgia for the 'nowhere-but-here' days spent with toddlers, and grief for lost loved ones, Harrington is at her best in the most personal pieces, including discussions of working from home and of trying to parent without overpraising children. All of the topics covered are familiar, but Harrington’s approach to them is singular."

Publishers Weekly

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

"[A] modern motherhood memoir. Creative director and humor writer Harrington reversed the typical American experience of childbearing, working 60-hour weeks while taking care of her newborn children before staying home with them a few years later, when a layoff forced her into freelance work. Using plenty of swear words, as advertised, she chronicles her years on both sides of the mommy wars, tallying the insults of an unenlightened corporate culture and the exquisite tortures of working from home with kids. The author is at her wittiest when transforming her outrage—especially at the sorry plight of mothers in the United States and their 'cultural irrelevance' after maternity leave—into absurd, acerbic commentary. Like all effective satire, Harrington’s best bits arise from deep anger, and she reminds readers that, more than meal trains or forced holidays, mothers desperately need policy reform. [Her] dissenting energy should resonate with parents who find little use for the usual mommy-blogger fare."