How Tough Could It Be?

The Trials and Errors of a Sportswriter Turned Stay-at-Home Dad

Austin Murphy

Henry Holt and Co.

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A father takes a break from every guy's dream gig-covering football (and the odd swimsuit shoot) for Sports Illustrated-to give it a go as Mr. Mom, in this hilarious and heartfelt book

After nineteen years as a writer for Sports Illustrated, Austin Murphy should have had it made. Instead, he'd had it-with measuring his life by hotel rooms and Heisman stories, with members of his church assuming that his wife, Laura, was a single mother. With each missed birthday and recital, he became more convinced that he was missing out on his kids' lives.
So he decided to trade in his current job for a new one: Laura's. Once an ambitous young journalist, Laura's career had slowed when she went on the mommy track. Now, with a "wife" of her own, she would be able to write full time, while he could be present for more Kodak moments.
Alas, the man charged with preparing three nutritious meals a day had never mastered his own outdoor grill. Sublimely ignorant of everything from grocery shopping to housecleaning to the need to trim his children's nails more than, say, semi-annually, Murphy embarked on his journey much as Shackleton took on the Antarctic: spectacularly ill-equipped to survive it. Between the lice checks, the spring break trip to Las Vegas, and the chairmanship of the Lower Brookside Elementary Variety Show, there were bound to be casualties.
Lively, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny, How Tough Could It Be? is the story of one man's decision to reorder his life around things that really matter and of his adventures (and misadventures) along the way.

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I am not doing this for Laura's approval. I am doing it to find out what it feels like to live in her world, to learn valuable skills and lessons such as: What Happens When Young Children Are Not Fed Dinner On Time. Answer: They undergo cataclysmic, Old Testament meltdowns such as the collapse suffered by Willa, who had been reading on the sofa in the living room until choosing this moment to cast her Lemony Snicket book on the floor and sob, "I'm hungry!" After intense negotiations-Would she like Chee-tos? Hellll no.

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"An honest, funny and touching book about family life and family love in the new millennium"—Adam Gopnik

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Austin Murphy

Austin Murphy has been a senior writer at Sports Illustrated since 1984. The author of The Sweet Season, he lives in northern California with his wife and their two young children.

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How Tough Could It Be?
The Trials and Errors of a Sportswriter Turned Stay-at-Home Dad
Austin Murphy

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Henry Holt and Co.
February 2014
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ISBN: 9781466864269
ISBN10: 1466864265
256 pages
$7.99
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