I married young. At 24 I walked the aisle, and at 28 I gave birth to Bella. Three months earlier, I’d graduated from my MBA program, stomach already bulging under my polyester graduation robe. I felt young at the time, younger than all my friends, but now that I look back, it seems really, really young. Kristen Newman‘s memoir, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding, seemed like a book written specifically for me.
Kristen Newman is an LA screenwriter, the humor behind hit shows like That 70s Show, Chuck, and How I Met Your Mother. She’s also a travel addict, someone who works to be able to afford to travel, to run away from life to refill her inspiration bucket with new sights and people. As her closest friends began to get married, she lost her traveling partners, but not her love of travel. This memoir chronicles her travels and her thankfully long journey to her own marriage.
I say thankfully because Kristen Newman is the kind of writer that can wring humor out of the most painful situations, and because that pain generally leads to more trips, and more opportunities to live vicariously through her vividly described adventures.
This is not the kind of book that should be spoiled. I won’t tell you anything about the Brazilians, the Israelis, the Australians or the Argentines. You’ll just have to read it for yourself to get the delicious, salacious details. But just so you get the flavor, I’ll share the first few paragraphs with you, so you can understand why I started reading this book when I boarded my plane, and didn’t stop laughing until two days later.
I am not a slut in the United States of America. I have rarely had a few-than-four-night-stand in the Land of the Free. I don’t kiss married men or guys I work with, I don’t text people pictures of my genitalia, I don’t go home with boys I meet in bars before they have at least purchased me a couple of meals, I’ve never shown my boobs for beads. I do not sleep with more than one person at a time, and, sometimes no more than one per year. In America.
But I really love to travel.
Whether you have a great trip this summer or are slumming it by the pool, you need to get ahold of a copy of Kristen Newman’s memoir. It’s the perfect beach read to pass to your girlfriends, dog eared and highlighted, a delicious glimpse of the road not taken.