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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804137609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804137607
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I have had the pleasure of joining Kristin on some amazing adventures and can say without question that she is as good a writer as she is a traveler. Which is to say, slightly better when she's had a few glasses of wine." - Nick Kroll

"Kristin Newman explodes the idea of the 'singles scene' into a thousand tiny fragments and scatters them globally. This is misspent youth well-spent."--Patton Oswalt

"Riotously funny, brutally honest, and hopelessly romantic... Newman's global romps and brave take-down of the dated, divisive dichotomy between happy breeders and desperate singles is one of the most refreshing things I've read in a long time and proof that everyone has her own path to happily ever after." - Attica Locke", author "Black Water Rising," "The Cutting Season," winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel"

"Kristin's book is such an uproarious, side-splitting, jaw-dropping-while-miraculously-somehow-also-self-reflecting page turner, it makes me feel like I traded in my own wife and children for a time machine and a spot in her globetrotting duffel bag."-- Rob Kutner, "writer, CONAN, and author, "Apocalypse How" and "The Future According to Me.""

"Kristin Newman's tales of wanderlust are at turns hilarious, embarrassing and then truly inspiring. Her thrilling escapades make me want to get up off the couch and book a ticket to some exotic locale for a sexy adventure of my own. But I probably won't. And neither will you. Just read the book." - Jane Lynch

"Kristin Newman reminds me of David Sedaris, but with more joy." -Diablo Cody
"Kristin Newman's tales of wanderlust are at turns hilarious, embarrassing, and then truly inspiring. Her thrilling escapades make me want to get up off the couch and book a ticket to some exotic locale for a sexy adventure of my own. But I probably won't. And neither will you. Just read the book." -Jane Lynch
'Kristin Newman explodes the idea of the 'singles scene' into a thousand tiny fragments and scatters them globally. This is misspent youth well-spent." -Patton Oswalt
""What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding" is kind of like if "Eat, Pray, Love" were written by your funniest friend--a laugh-out-loud life guide for anyone who needs some help enjoying being single. Or for anyone who already loves being single. Or for anyone who is married. Basically, whoever you are, Newman will make you want to chuck it all and book a trip to Argentina." -Rachel Dratch
"Spoiler alert: I am the Will who drives a car over Kristin's foot in the Dominican Republic. After writing with Kristin at "That '70s Show," I knew that her book would be incredibly funny, but it's also so heartbreaking, insightful, and full of adventure, romance, and sex sex sex! Do yourself a favor and read this book! Did I mention how funny it is and how much sex is in it?" -Will Forte
"If Mark Twain was a woman and he had actually done things in the countries he traveled to, he would have been a lot more pleasant. He also would have written this book instead of "The Innocents Abroad." This book is so good that, of the many I have blurbed, this is the only one I read." -Joel Stein, columnist for "Time, " author of "Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity"
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"I have had the pleasure of joining Kristin on some amazing adventures and can say without question that she is as good a writer as she is a traveler. Which is to say, slightly better when she's had a few glasses of wine." -Nick Kroll
"I love my husband and kids, truly I do--but reading "What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding" makes me want to buy a one-way ticket around the world, or rather two tickets--one for me and one for her--so we could party till dawn, flirt with hairy European men and break several international laws. Kristin puts the 'lust' in wanderlust and makes adventuring and even mis-adventuring sexy, fun, and at times even inspirational." -Jill Soloway, writer/director
"Since we can't all sit next to Kristin Newman at a dinner party, it's a good thing she wrote "What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding" so we can all enjoy her funny and unexpected tales. Unlike the rest of us, Kristin took the road less traveled and that has made all the difference. Her sparkling wit and adventurous spirit will seduce you just as it did that guy in Argentina...and in Russia...and in Jordan...and so on..." -Nell Scovell, co-author of "Lean In
"
""What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding "is sly disguised as sexy. It reminded me of George Eliot mixed with a woodshop safety film... a complete delight." -Stephen Tobolowsky, actor, author of "The Dangerous Animals Club
"
"I wanted to read this book but my wife stole it off my nightstand, laughed at it for three nights straight and lent it to her friends." -Rodney Rothman, author "Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement"
"Kristin's book is such an uproarious, side-splitting, jaw-dropping-while-miraculously-somehow-also-self-reflecting page-turner, it makes me feel like I traded in my own wife and children for a time machine and a spot in her globetrotting duffel bag." -Rob Kutner, writer for "Conan, " author of "Apocalypse How" and "The Future According to Me"
"Riotously funny, brutally honest, and hopelessly romantic... Newman's global romps and brave takedown of the dated, divisive dichotomy between happy breeders and desperate singles is one of the most refreshing things I've read in a long time and proof that everyone has her own path to happily ever after." -Attica Locke, nationally bestselling author of "The Cutting Season"
" "
"Newman's funny and unflinchingly honest memoir reveals that even though there's nothing quite like a great party in an exotic locale with a hot guy, true love doesn't necessarily require a passport." "-Publishers Weekly"
"""You should *not* judge a book by its cover, but luckily this one's as engrossing as its top flap, which I kind of wanted to dive into on sight. There are lots of books out there about being the single girl in your crowd, but Kristin Newman's is a special one; it's truly hilarious "and" travel-oriented, which makes it perfect for summer." -"Glamour Magazine"
"If you liked "Running with Scissors" by Augusten Burroughs, try "What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding" by Kristin Newman." "-Boston Globe"

Kristin Newman reminds me of David Sedaris, but with more joy. Diablo Cody
Kristin Newman s tales of wanderlust are at turns hilarious, embarrassing, and then truly inspiring. Her thrilling escapades make me want to get up off the couch and book a ticket to some exotic locale for a sexy adventure of my own. But I probably won t. And neither will you. Just read the book. Jane Lynch
Kristin Newman explodes the idea of the singles scene into a thousand tiny fragments and scatters them globally. This is misspent youth well-spent. Patton Oswalt
"What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding" is kind of like if "Eat, Pray, Love" were written by your funniest friend a laugh-out-loud life guide for anyone who needs some help enjoying being single. Or for anyone who already loves being single. Or for anyone who is married. Basically, whoever you are, Newman will make you want to chuck it all and book a trip to Argentina. Rachel Dratch
Spoiler alert: I am the Will who drives a car over Kristin s foot in the Dominican Republic. After writing with Kristin at "That 70s Show," I knew that her book would be incredibly funny, but it s also so heartbreaking, insightful, and full of adventure, romance, and sex sex sex! Do yourself a favor and read this book! Did I mention how funny it is and how much sex is in it?" Will Forte
"If Mark Twain was a woman and he had actually done things in the countries he traveled to, he would have been a lot more pleasant. He also would have written this book instead of "The Innocents Abroad."This book is so good that, of the many I have blurbed, this is the only one I read." JoelStein, columnist for "Time, " author of "Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity"
""
"I have had the pleasure of joining Kristin on some amazing adventures and can say without question that she is as good a writer as she is a traveler. Which is to say, slightly better when she's had a few glasses of wine." Nick Kroll
I love my husband and kids, truly I do but reading "What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding" makes me want to buy a one-way ticket around the world, or rather two tickets one for me and one for her so we could party till dawn, flirt with hairy European men and break several international laws.Kristin puts the 'lust' in wanderlust and makes adventuring and even mis-adventuring sexy, fun, and at times even inspirational. Jill Soloway, writer/director
Since we can t all sit next to Kristin Newman at a dinner party, it s a good thing she wrote "What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding" so we can all enjoy her funny and unexpected tales. Unlike the rest of us, Kristin took the road less traveled and that has made all the difference. Her sparkling wit and adventurous spirit will seduce you just as it did that guy in Argentina and in Russia and in Jordan and so on... Nell Scovell, co-author of "Lean In
"
"What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding "is sly disguised as sexy. It reminded me of George Eliot mixed with a woodshop safety film... a complete delight. Stephen Tobolowsky, actor, author of "The Dangerous Animals Club
"
"I wanted to read this book but my wife stole it off my nightstand, laughed at it for three nights straight and lent it to her friends." Rodney Rothman, author "Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement"
"Kristin's book is such an uproarious, side-splitting, jaw-dropping-while-miraculously-somehow-also-self-reflecting page-turner, it makes me feel like I traded in my own wife and children for a time machine and a spot in her globetrotting duffel bag." Rob Kutner, writer for "Conan, " author of "Apocalypse How" and "The Future According to Me"
"Riotously funny, brutally honest, and hopelessly romantic Newman's global romps and brave takedown of the dated, divisive dichotomy between happy breeders and desperate singles is one of the most refreshing things I've read in a long time and proof that everyone has her own path to happily ever after." Attica Locke, nationally bestselling author of "The Cutting Season"
""
"Newman s funny and unflinchingly honest memoir reveals that even though there s nothing quite like a great party in an exotic locale with a hot guy, true love doesn t necessarily require a passport." " Publishers Weekly"
"""You should *not* judge a book by its cover, but luckily this one's as engrossing as its top flap, which I kind of wanted to dive into on sight. There are lots of books out there about being the single girl in your crowd, but Kristin Newman's is a special one; it's truly hilarious"and"travel-oriented, which makes it perfect for summer." "Glamour Magazine"
"If you liked "Running with Scissors" by Augusten Burroughs, try "What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding" by Kristin Newman." " Boston Globe""

About the Author

KRISTIN NEWMAN is a television writer who has worked in Hollywood for almost twenty years. She has written for "That '70s Show, Chuck, ""How I Met Your Mother, and"ABC's "The Neighbors.""


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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 May 2014
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Author Kristin Newman lived a moderate life in America as a sitcom writer – a career which gave her the time and money to indulge her love of travel and, possibly, her ability to run away from home and not face her problems. Her main problem seemed to be her fear of committing to the expected role of wife and mother as long term relationships became serious. I found Kristin to be a witty and self effacing writer and, although it is clear that her humour often masks a real sense of confusion – especially about her childhood – it was refreshing to read a book written by a women which was so honest about her love of romance and, yes, sex.

In this memoir, Kristin travels to Paris, Amsterdan, Moscow (where she meets the simmering bartender, Aleg), back to Paris, Buenos Aires (often!), Rio de Janeiro (nothing profound happens, she assures us, she just had a lot of fun), New Zealand, Iceland, Tel Aviv (where she learns why she is seen as a security risk) and just about everywhere in between. During this book, the author muses on the messages she sends – usually angry or sexual - takes a lot of drugs, gets drunk often, becomes depressed and tries to come to terms with her relationship with her father and her difficult feelings about her stepmother. Women are often judged harshly with regards to behaviour that, in men, is viewed as merely letting off steam. If that is the case, it is fair to say that Kristin lets off a LOT of steam and it is pointless to read this is you are going to be prudish or moralistic about it. However, if you are willing to read this account of her travels – which is very funny, totally open and honest and, I think, extremely brave, then you will enjoy the company of this intelligent and thoughtful woman. An unusual and interesting memoir.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review purposes.
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A really funny memoir about Kristin Newman's sexploits on her yearly travels. As a constantly travelling 20-something, I sometimes identify with her totally (I too spent most of my 20s in a serious relationship and felt like I missed some sort of adventurous spirit), other times not so much! I'm not interested in sleeping with international men as she is, but I like reading about her pursuits and exploits, and I identify with her using travel as a medicine and to discover herself or to run away from problems.

Her writing style is great and extremely honest. Probably the best thing about is that she tells the whole story, warts and all. All the good, bad and shocking experiences with no-holds-barred honesty. Its a bit like your slightly crazy friend telling you her mad stories from a trip, and you nodding and listening from the safety of your bedroom! A fun read for single or travel-obsessed women, or anyone who wants to read about that lifestyle and live it vicariously.
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A great title but a dull book. Its neither a travel book nor a laugh out loud tale nor a sexy kiss and tell memoirs nor an Eat pray and find yourself. Its a wet weekend with immature lists of sex that she had and showing off and I stopped reading.
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Didn't know what to expect going into reading this book. I thought maybe it was a self help guide to being independent and single. But after reading the sample on my kindle, I realized I couldn't have been more wrong. In a good way! This book is above all things honest. Kristin shares openly about her experiences in a way that is real and relatable but she absolutely does not tell you how to live your life. It's exactly what it says on the tin: a memoir. Very refreshing and actually laugh out loud funny! I couldn't stop myself laughing even in very public settings which at times was slightly embarrassing! However, on a more serious note, her adventures make you reconsider your priorities and how you see yourself in relation to your peers. Just in her telling her story, you can't help but do a bit of introspection along the way.
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Was really looking forward to reading this book but found Kristin to be a not particularly likeable character, her continuos attempt to stereo type people from different countries ( Brits breeding with Brits = people with big teeth and no chins ) seriously? Maybe an attempt at humour, didn't tickle me.
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Perfect for me as a single girl that just quit my job to go travelling. Some hilarious moments and a lot of invaluable advice on the mess that is life!
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This book is great for any girl that has abit of wanderlust. It had me crying with laughter most of the time and it gives you insight into another way you can choose live your life, the highs and the lows. I'd really recommend this.
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