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We're thrilled to welcome Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein to our At Home with Literati series of virtual events and in support of their book, The New One.
Each ticket includes a link to access the virtual event and a hardcover copy of The New One. You can select ship-to-home or curbside pickup for your copy. Note: shipping and curbside processing timelines in the ticket descriptions are best estimates and subject to change. We cannot change your book delivery option after purchase. Please read the order form carefully.
ABOUT THE NEW ONE: With laugh-out-loud funny parenting observations, the New York Times bestselling author and award-winning comedian delivers a book that is perfect for anyone who has ever raised a child, been a child, or refuses to stop acting like one.
In 2016 comedian Mike Birbiglia and poet Jennifer Hope Stein took their fourteen-month-old daughter Oona to the Nantucket Film Festival. When the festival director picked them up at the airport she asked Mike if he would perform at the storytelling night. She said, "The theme of the stories is jealousy."
Jen quipped, "You're jealous of Oona. You should talk about that."
And so Mike began sharing some of his darkest and funniest thoughts about the decision to have a child. Jen and Mike revealed to each other their sides of what had gone down during Jen's pregnancy and that first year with their child. Over the next couple years, these stories evolved into a Broadway show, and the more Mike performed it the more he heard how it resonated -- not just with parents but also people who resist all kinds of change.
So he pored over his journals, dug deeper, and created this book: The New One: Painfully True Stories From a Reluctant Dad. Along with hilarious and poignant stories he has never shared before, these pages are sprinkled with poetry Jen wrote as she navigated the same rocky shores of new parenthood.
So here it is. This book is an experiment -- sort of like a family.
MIKE BIRBIGLIA is a comedian, storyteller, director and actor who has performed for audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Broadway. His most recent shows, The New One, Thank God for Jokes, and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend can be found on Netflix. Additionally, Birbiglia is a filmmaker who wrote, directed, and starred in the films Sleepwalk With Me and Don’t Think Twice. Currently he is the host of the weekly podcast, Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out.
His first book, "Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories," was a New York Times bestseller, and he is the author of the new book, "The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad, with poems by J. Hope Stein." As an actor Birbiglia has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, Girls and Broad City, and in the films Trainwreck, The Fault in Our Stars, and Popstar. He plays Danny Pearson on Orange Is the New Black and Oscar Langstratt on Showtime’s Billions.
J. HOPE STEIN is a poet, and the author of Little Astronaut. Her work has been published in the New York Times, the New Yorker and Poetry International.
Author Photo by Celeste Sloman @celestesloman