Amateur Hour Lib/E: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words

Kimberly Harrington (Author) Gabra Zackman (Read by)


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.

Product Details

Publish Date
May 01, 2018
6.7 X 1.2 X 6.3 inches | 0.5 pounds
Compact Disc
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About the Author

Kimberly Harrington is a regular contributor to McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the cofounder and editor of the parenting humor site Razed, and a copywriter and creative director. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, and Medium. She lives in Vermont on purpose.

Gabra Zackman is an actress, author, and narrator who has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She was educated at Northwestern University. A classically trained actress, she has appeared in theaters all over the country as well as on film and television.


Funny, angry, and moving...All of the topics covered are familiar, but Harrington's approach to them is singular, and readers-particularly those who have been in the motherhood trenches-will smile, laugh, and maybe even shed a tear.

-- "Publishers Weekly"

A meditation on a full, beautiful, and messy life...Chapters will make readers rotate through laughter, tears, and cringing, and are all written with refreshingly honest and bold abandon.

-- "Booklist"

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

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

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, 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"