About the Book “Raising Raffi: The First Five Years” by Writer Keith Gessen

From a New York Times review by Dwight Garner of the book by Keith Gessen titled “Raising Raffi: The First Five Years”:

When the writers Keith Gessen and Emily Gould had their first child, a son named Raffi, seven years ago, they expected a mellow being. Instead, they got a destroyer, an infuriator, a little warlock constantly testing his powers.

The list of Raffi’s behaviors might, among young readers, spark a run on the condom aisle. He scratches Gessen, head-butts him, kicks him hard between the legs, punches him in the nose. Raffi won’t sleep, screams constantly and is kicked out of day care.