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Keep it simple, stupid : you're smarter than you look
Sheindlin, Judy, 1942-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Cliff Street Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
xiii, 177 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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HQ536 .S4822 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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Today's definition of family is completely unrecognizable from what it was forty, thirty, even twenty years ago. Into the chaos that has become typical of the modern American family, judge Judy Sheindlin attempts to bring some order. With Keep It Simple, Stupid, Judge Judy addresses how convoluted family life has become. The traditional nuclear family has expanded to include exes and parents of exes, merging families, stepchildren, lovers, adopted children, in-laws the list goes on and on.

Complex issues naturally arise from the enlarged families into which we're born. There is the ex-wife who wants more child support from husband number one so she can stay home with new baby by husband number two. There are the parents who gave their daughter thirty thousand dollars as a wedding gift only to watch the marriage quickly crumble and their former son-in-law claim half the money. How about the adult son who runs out on his kids, leaving his parents to pay his child support? When it comes to families, Judge Judy has seen it all in her courtroom, and she knows stupidity when she sees it.

Tackling all the explosive issues that drive families crazy -- and into court -- Judge Judy shares her on-target, brutally honest thoughts on the chaos that is characteristic of today's American family and gives no-holds-barred advice on how to resolve conflicts and repair relationships.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Stop squabbling and get real because Judge Judy (author of the bestselling Beauty Fades, Dumb Is Forever) is back on all our cases with the patented combination of sass and savvy made famous on her hugely popular syndicated television show. Here, she presents a series of short, lively composites of classic family conflicts that she has heard over the years, concerning everything from the breakups of live-in relationships to funeral arrangements. Just as in court, Judge Judy gives both parties a chance to say their piece before she passes judgment and hands out her bracing, no-nonsense advice. Pig-headed would-be family feuders take notice: Judge Judy has no problem saying, "I find you guilty of being insensitive and a bit shallow." Her wrist slaps and tongue-lashings are all part of the brand of justice she doles out. Another refreshing aspect of her rulings is that while she recognizes the rights bestowed upon a parent by law regarding, for example, joint custody after an acrimonious divorce, she also points out when exercising those rights may not be in a child's best interest; she also proposes more humane alternatives that may be less destructive. Her many fans will know that Judge Judy stands for honesty, loyalty, honoring family ties and protecting kidsÄand that dirty rotten rats need not appeal for mercy. While she discloses how others may have failed to keep the peace over money, marriage, divorce and re-marriage, she also reminds her readers to "stop playing games," "grow up" and do the right thing. B&w illus. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This latest book from Sheindlin (Beauty Fades, Dumb Is Forever) reads the way her television show plays out, moving quickly to the heart of the matter with clarity and on-target advice. She has compiled composite scenarios from the cases she has heard on TV, cases in family court, and letters she has received. The book's ten chapters cover living together, getting married, having kids, breaking up, the second time around, honoring aging parents, and making a will. The judge spells out all sides of the problem and then succinctly puts forth her solution with ideas that are direct, workable, and centered on the concept of keeping it simple. This is a quick read, but don't be fooled by the glib, brief answers to age-old problems; there is depth here. Sheindlin's style is that of a trusted, longtime friend who talks straight. Often, the reader needs to go back over the examples and think about them. The judge's sparse writing proves her point: she has kept the book simple yet offers sound, tried-and-true advice. This book will be popular in public libraries.ÄSusan E. Burdick , Lower Merion Sch. Dist., Ardmore, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.