The World Deserves My Children (Hardcover)
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A laugh-out-loud funny collection of insightful and razor-sharp essays on motherhood in our post-apocalyptic world from comedian Natasha Leggero.
When Natasha Leggero got pregnant at forty-two after embarking on the grueling IVF process, she was over the moon. But once her feelings of bliss dissipated, she couldn’t help but shake the lingering question: Am I doing this right? And then, Should I be doing this if the world is about to end?
In The World Deserves My Children, Natasha explores themes like “geriatric” motherhood, parenting in an environmental panic, fear and love, discipline (and conflicting schools of thought on how not to raise a brat), and more. Ultimately, Natasha determines that motherhood is worth it. After all, where do you think the next five generations of humans will be if the only people who are having kids don’t believe in science? The world deserves my children.
About the Author
Natasha Leggero is an accomplished actress, writer, and stand-up comedian who has garnered attention across film, television, and the web. She created, wrote, produced, and starred in the Comedy Central sitcom, Another Period, a period piece and spoof on modern day reality shows. Her Netflix special, The Honeymoon Stand Up Special, aired in 2018. She currently resides in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter @NatashaLeggero.
“This is by far the funniest book I’ve ever read about parenting. If you have a child, you will die laughing. If you are childfree, you will laugh your ass off at everything you avoided by sticking to your guns about the true meaning of freedom.”
—Chelsea Handler, New York Times bestselling author of Life Will Be the Death of Me… and You Too!
“The only guide to motherhood after the apocalypse you’ll ever need. Deeply, darkly funny.”
—Ali Wong, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Girls
“Ironically—as Natasha hated breast feeding—this book is mother’s milk for mothers.”
—Chelsea Peretti, comedian, actor, director
"Riotously funny…. a consistently uproarious look at the rocky roads that often line early motherhood as well as the moments that (hopefully) make it all worthwhile." —The San Francisco Chronicle
"[Natasha's] essays shine with wit and warmth, turning an irreverent eye toward what the future may hold for the global warming generation." —Washington Post
“In this irreverent debut… no topic is off-limits; Leggero bares all about ‘geriatric pregnancy,’ breastfeeding, parental anxiety, and her conversion to ‘Jew-by-choice’… this will induce grins from stand-up fans who’ve been missing shows because they can’t get a babysitter.”
“A humorous assessment of parenting [that] will resonate with a wide variety of readers, including breastfeeding and pandemic-era parenting, though she satirically skewers just about everything else with gleeful abandon… Leggero’s snark comes fast and furious throughout biting quips about nannies and the terror of having her elderly parents babysit…Overall, she achieves a commendable balance among practical advice, wry commentary, and over-the-top offensiveness… The benefits and headaches of later-life motherhood from a candid, often hilarious comedic mind.”—Kirkus Reviews