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Title:
If it was easy, they'd call the whole damn thing a honeymoon : living with, and loving, the TV-addicted, sex-obsessed, not-so-handy man you married
Author:
McCarthy, Jenna.
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Edition:
Berkley trade paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Berkley Books, 2011.
Physical Description:
xxii, 295 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
For every woman who has ever wondered what happily ever after really means, McCarthy presents a hilarious and insightful peek behind the curtains at the often unholy state of matrimony.
Language:
English
Contents:
'Til death do us part is a really long time -- Can we talk? Obviously not -- Sleep in heavenly peace, my ass -- "I was watching that!" : life with the Cable Guy -- What's cooking? (I'm gonna go out on a limb and say me) -- Domestic bliss and other big fat lies -- Gee, honey. Are you sick? I never would have guessed -- The view from the passenger seat-- sucks -- Why don't we get drunk and screw? -- It's only money, honey -- It's my potty and I'll cry if I want to -- Should we just skip the $200 dinner and duke it out at home? -- It's the thought that counts (but thanks for the blender!) -- If it's broken-- please God, don't fix it -- Friends and family : not just a phone plan -- If you build it, there will be many, many arguments -- Are you in or are you out? -- Vacation : all I ever wanted -- He can't help it, he's a guy -- You're merely the sperm donor, dear -- See? It really could be worse -- Famous last words.
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ISBN:
9780425243022
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Book

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"Hilarious, smart, and utterly addicting. Watch out, Nora Ephron." -Valerie Frankel

Jenna McCarthy presents an uproarious but insightful peek behind the curtains at the unholy state of matrimony. With ballsy wit and bawdy humor, she explores everything from male domestic idiocy and the frustrating misfires in spousal communication to how to stay true to the peskiest of vows: forsaking all others . Part in-your-face guide, part brutal confession, this book is a must-read manifesto on surviving marriage in an age when everyone seems to live forever and getting a divorce is as easy as ordering a latte.


Author Notes

Jenna McCarthy is the author of five books, including The Parent Trip: From High Heels and Parties to Highchairs and Potties and Cheers to the New Mom. Her work appears regularly in Self, Ladies' Homs Journal, Allure, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and dozens of other publications. When she's not tweeting or updating her Facebook status or blagging for Vilage, she likes to pretend to be a tennis star. She lives mostly happily ever after with her husband and their two daughters in Santa Barbara, California.Visit www.jennamccarthy.com.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this mixed bag of essays, McCarthy (The Parent Trip: From High Heels and Parties to Highchairs and Potties), shares some of the arguments she's had with her husband of 13 years. After a particularly nasty one, she posts an online call for stories about the maddening things husbands do. Upon receiving a massive number of impassioned responses, she realizes there's a book, not a mere blog post, in the making. She writes that marriage is a "wholly unnatural state that's difficult at times but frequently has several bright spots and is occasionally better than the alternative." In service to that thesis, McCarthy's 20 essays veer from commiseration to hilarity to insanity and back again. Readers who are, or have been, coupled will laugh (or cringe) as they recognize themselves in these pages, from her husband's "Male Pattern Blindness" (inability to find anything in the fridge) to her drama-laden pretravel preparations. She scatters throughout tales of husbandly hideousness, called "At Least You're Not Married to Him" to "remind us all how good we have it." While the author refers to statistics or studies here and there, her in-the-trenches tales are the real guts. Readers will likely find it very funny. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Til Death Do Us Part Is a Really Long Timep. ix
1 Can We Talk? Obviously Notp. 1
2 Sleep in Heavenly Peace, My Assp. 21
3 "I Was Watching That!": Life with the Cable Guyp. 37
4 What's Cooking? (]'m Gonna Go Out on a Limb and Say Me)p. 53
5 Domestic Bliss and Other Big Fat Liesp. 69
6 Gee, Honey. Are You Sick? I Never Would Have Guessedp. 83
7 The View from the Passenger Seat. . . Sucksp. 97
8 Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw?p. 111
9 It's Only Money, Honeyp. 127
10 It's My Potty and I'll Cry If I Want Top. 141
11 Should We Just Skip the $200 Dinner and Duke It Out at Home?p. 155
12 It's the Thought That Counts (but Thanks for the Blender!)p. 169
13 If It's Broken . . . Please God, Don't Fix Itp. 183
14 Friends and Family: Not Just a Phone Planp. 197
15 If You Build It, There Will Be Many, Many Argumentsp. 209
16 Are You in or Are You Out?p. 223
17 Vacation: All I Ever Wantedp. 237
18 He Can't Help It, He's a Guyp. 251
19 You're Merely the Sperm Donor, Dearp. 263
20 See? It Really Could Be Worsep. 279
afterword: Famous Last Wordsp. 295