I’ll Show Myself Out: Essays on Midlife and Motherhood

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An prompt New York Occasions bestseller, I will Present Myself Out is the eagerly anticipated second essay assortment from Jessi Klein, writer of the acclaimed debut You’ll Develop Out of It.

Longlisted for the PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Artwork of the Essay

“Typically I take into consideration how a lot unhealthy information there may be to inform my child, the endlessly lengthy, looping CVS receipt scroll of actually horrible issues which have occurred, and I need to get below the mattress and by no means come out. How will we inform them about all this? Can we simply play Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Begin the Fireplace after which brace for questions? The primary of which must be, how is that this a music that performed on the radio?”

In New York Occasions bestselling writer and Emmy Award-winning author and producer Jessi Klein’s second assortment, she hilariously explodes the cultural myths and not possible expectations round motherhood and discover the humiliations, poignancies, and prospects of midlife.

In interconnected essays like “Listening to Beyoncé within the Parking Lot of Get together Metropolis,” “Your Husband Will Remarry 5 Minutes After You Die,” “Eulogy for My Toes,” and “An Open Love Letter to Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent,” Klein explores this stage of life in all its merciless ironies, joyous moments, and bittersweetness.

Written with Klein’s signature candor and humanity, I will Present Myself Out is an incisive, shifting, and infrequently uproarious assortment.

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  1. Deb CG

    Incredibly funny and relatable. Yeah, I guess if, as one reviewer wrote, you were expecting the kids to be teenagers because the author was “middle aged,” then you might not relate. But as a mom who had my second at 40 via ALL THE SCIENCE, I really appreciated her insights, humor, and general crusade against the sanctimommy culture in which we live. Brava, Jessi. I’ve been following you since the Moth days and have never been disappointed.

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  2. Amanda

    Having loved Klein’s first book I knew I’d likely love her second. I have listened to both as audiobooks read by her. I cried at the end of her first audiobook because I was sad it was over. As a mom of a newborn and young child, I feel seen (finally).

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  3. jen3631

    As someone who is a new mother in her 40s during a pandemic, with zero girlfriends that have kids, this book was much needed tonic. It is a happy hour for mom real-talk, a glass of Chardonnay I can’t seem to find the time for, and the punch that surfaces the underlying heartfelt/insane laugh-tears that I think most moms keep inside. So grateful for this book.

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  4. Nadine

    I greatly appreciated the raw, unfiltered account of the challenges of motherhood. I listed for pleasure, like watching a comedy that makes me laugh because it’s so relatable, not for parenting advice or guidance. That’s not what this book is intended for. It’s simply one woman’s raw account of her experiences.

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  5. Applejax

    Just an honest, unflinching memoir about the author’s experience with motherhood. If you struggle with identity after motherhood, this will make you feel seen. Really funny and moving. Keep ’em coming, Jessi!

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  6. jaybird

    I was looking for something to lift my spirits whilst near the end of a twin pregnancy and finishing grad school. A light read, something relatable, something for mothers. This surpassed my expectations with its brutal but honest reflections on surviving early motherhood. Such deeply heartfelt, poignant, reflections on the overwhelming love we feel for our children and the blending of the person we were before and after we become a mother. The only downside was that I had to put it down on a number of occasions because I was laughing so hard I was crying and it hurt my twin belly.,

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  7. Sara Neufeld

    Now I know I’m not the only one who can read a children’s book aloud with voice animation and be thinking of something else entirely.

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  8. CatherineLW

    Jessi Klein writes with beauty, humor, and truth about parenting (and being a person right now.) The observations she makes are somehow dazzlingly fresh and also familiar, like these thoughts have existed at the periphery of your awareness for years. I’m excited to read the next one when she gets into Big Kid Land.

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  9. Casey

    I’ve always enjoyed the dry wit and humor of Jessi Klein (I’ll often find myself re-listening to her story about wedding dress shopping on The Moth), and this book is no exception, especially being a somewhat new mother myself. I loved how candid she is about “the fantasy” while also highlighting all the joys that come with being a mother, being a woman, the ups and downs of marriage, and the hero’s journey we are all on, even in the mundane moments of life. So much of what she said felt so relatable, as if someone else were able to take the scattered thoughts in my sleep-deprived mind and eloquently and hilariously put them into words that I hope others will take comfort in. Reading intimate essays such as these reminds me that we are not alone.

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  10. Sarah Larson

    So relatable and hilarious. She’s my hero!

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  11. Lesley A. Heizman

    This book was so beautiful and sad and funny and relatable at the same time. It captures both the extreme highs and lows that you experience as a mom but for some reason rarely talk about (or forget over time from lack of sleep lol). It’s comforting to know that others have had similar thoughts or worries in motherhood and describes so accurately the odd things you will encounter or do for your child that you never expected! I’ll recommend this to all moms and expectant moms as truly someone does need to explain about the sandwich underwear. 🤣 Nobody told me that part either. I also don’t get Harry Styles, I agree the boa and 70’s garb are also a step too far for me. I’ve always detested the watermelon sugar song and thought it was a dumb name for a song. Hated the song, but absolutely adored this book!

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  12. Finnish Icemaiden

    I loved this book so much. It made me laugh. Older moms will appreciate this so much.N ew moms may get scared.

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  13. mjelose

    The essays in this book are so deeply relatable to me on every level that I’ve found myself tearing up several times thinking about how great it is to actually feel seen. As a Mom you often feel like you’re shipwrecked on your own island. This felt like rescue. A must read.

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    Like it

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  15. BookBagLady

    Klein does a great job capturing some of the weird, wonderful moments of early motherhood. The essay about the caterpillar made me cry. There are so many parts of this that were just lovely and others that were brutal. I went into the book expecting lots of laughs, but this wasn’t a comedy motherhood book. There are funny moments, but they’re mixed in with the sad and anxious moments (just like they are in real life). I think if I’d read this when my kids were toddlers, I would have felt a lot less alone.

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  16. Mitch

    Real. Funny. What a perfect read!

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  17. Amazon Customer

    Hilarious, thoughtful, and well written. Best book I’ve read since becoming a mother hands down.

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  18. Jore

    I loved this tale of motherhood and its comparison to a hero’s journey. It was beautifully and humorously written. It provides moments of deja vu for all moms.

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  19. Stacey

    This book is just so… lovely. It captures both the joy and the unending exhaustion of motherhood perfectly. I laughed so hard at the “underwear sandwich” that my husband had to make sure I was okay. But I also felt, with such brute force, the descriptions of exhaustion, loneliness, and sadness of being a mother. This book is an honest friend that you can pick up whenever you need someone who gets it

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  20. Brian Curran

    Love this book as an honest portrayal of motherhood that’s often missing in conversations/the media. Made me laugh out loud, tear up with the relatable overwhelming nature of parenting & text my friends “read this!!!”

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  21. Florencia

    Really enjoyed it, laughed out allA few times.Easy and fast to read!

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  22. Kate Hager

    Hilarious and heartfelt, so relatable. Loved each and every chapter. A must read for moms, would highly recommend! Five stars!

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  23. Christina

    I don’t have any tattoos, and I’ve never written an Amazon review despite buying almost everything we own on this app (ps I love you Teddie smooth peanut butter but please deliver in a box and not a bag). But I wanted to tattoo entire passages of this book on my body (but instead I’m writing an Amazon review). I tell everyone I know about it and reread it frequently just of feel seen.

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  24. kbn

    Took my breath away. Honest, raw, and real. A #nofilter look at motherhood that will make you feel seen. 10/10, no notes.

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  25. Katelyn

    I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed this book. I listened to the audiobook version, which is read by the author, and would highly recommend going this route. That said, I also plan to purchase the book itself so I can reference and re-read specific sections when the mood strikes. I am a new mother and it was so refreshing to hear some of my own thoughts and feelings about the experience reflected in such a funny but heartfelt and touching way. Can’t wait to go back now and read Jessi Klein’s first book.

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  26. Brandy Borque

    I would give this book a 1000 stars if the app would let me. As a 48-year-old mom of a 4-year-old this book spoke to me on so many levels. Jessi gives a voice to all those thoughts no one tells you that you will have as a new mom in a funny, realistic and heartfelt way.

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  27. LKC

    A great read, especially as a new mother!

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  28. Chad R.

    Didn’t just hit close to home, Jessi Klein was calling from inside my house.Though I’m a man, as my son’s primary care giver, many of the anecdotes and scenarios are familiar to me. It was funny reading so many things that reminded me of my own journey as a parent, including some of the less comfortable moments.I laughed out loud several times while reading this book: sometimes because of Jessi’s writing and others because the situation was so eerily similar to an incident I had experienced myself that I chuckled nervously.

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  29. Danielle Parker

    Amazing, accurate essays on Motherhood.

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