American Parent: My Strange and Surprising Adventures in Modern Babyland

American Parent Book Cover

Sam Apple


Ballantine Books

“If What to Expect When You’re Expecting somehow mated with Bill Bryson, the result would be American Parent. It’s funny, smart, surprising, and useful. Sam Apple is a great writer.” — A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically

“Parents-to-be, you may feel that you’re entering a foreign realm: a land of complex rituals, deadly hazards, and tiny screaming natives. That’s where Sam Apple comes in. His book is an honest, funny, and oddly reassuring look at the reality of becoming an American parent.”— Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard

“As a guy about to have my first child, this book was incredibly valuable. It’s reassuring to know there’s someone doing the same stupid things as me. Singing into my wife’s stomach? Tasting baby food? I can’t believe there are two of us this pathetic.” — Joel Stein, columnist, Time Magazine and The Los Angeles Times