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41. Laughin'fertility: A Bundle of Observations for the Baby-making Challenged, Second Edition
by Lisa Safran
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Asin: 0966985818
Catlog: Book (2004-04)
Publisher: KOKO Press
Sales Rank: 283683
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Having trouble making a baby? Then you need laughter on your side! In "Laughin'fertility" -- a guide to laughter by "baby-making challenged" author Lisa Safran -- you'll discover a funny, new perspective on the procedures, methods, experiments and studies you are going through (or are about to start) in order to make a baby. For any couple who has been there you know that...sometimes it's better to laugh than to cry! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for the Baby Making Challenged!
How refreshing! I am currently going through IVF treatment and amidst the shots and the raging hormones, this book brings it all into perspective, and leaves you feeling very positive. It finds humour in the darkest corners of infertility, a humor which can only be delivered by a fellow 'Baby Making Challenged' person. It's a very easy and entertaining read....it'll keep you sane and positive!

4-0 out of 5 stars Laughed Out Loud!
This book is a MUST for anyone facing infertility and is regularly subjected to that awful (AND RUDE) question, "So when are you two kids going to have kids?" Her responses to that question and many more are priceless. My only disappointment was that the book was more suited for couples facing IVF and have male factor infertility. But this was the first book I've read about infertility that really deals with the emotional coping aspect. And I'd much rather laugh than cry!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great and funny book
Amidst all of the struggles of Infertility, this book helps you to take a step back and find humor in different situations. The book helps to make stressful situations laughable. Isn't laughter the best medicine?

3-0 out of 5 stars Sweet & Light
The book is a light, humorous look at infertility. However, I didn't know that the book was based solely on the author's personal experience. I was a little disappointed that the author did not address experiences with Clomid, for example. Nonetheless, the book was enjoyable, and anyone struggling with infertility can relate to it on some level.

5-0 out of 5 stars Laughter is THE best medicine
My family has always handeled things in life with humor, this book had me laugh out loud. It was a delight from start to finish. You will find yourself reading and giggle at the outragious things we are doing in the name of getting pregnant. What this endearing author has brought to light is the truely outgragious things that we put ourselves through, and we do it with a straight face - now that is funny! 'Experts' will tell you that inferitlity is very stressful, don't compromise your relationship, get this book and laugh together. To Lisa and your darling, supportive husband, thank you for writing this book. It was just what the Doctor ordered. Good Luck!!! I do want to know how the fertility game is going for the authors, did the invitro happen? Please tell us, we are praying for you! ... Read more


42. How Tough Could It Be? : The Trials and Errors of a Sportswriter Turned Stay-at-Home Dad
by Austin Murphy
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-03)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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A father takes a break from every guy's dream gig-covering football (and the odd swimsuit shoot) for Sports Illustrated-to give it a go as Mr. Mom, in this hilarious and heartfelt book

After nineteen years as a writer for Sports Illustrated, Austin Murphy should have had it made. Instead, he'd had it-with measuring his life by hotel rooms and Heisman stories, with members of his church assuming that his wife, Laura, was a single mother. With each missed birthday and recital, he became more convinced that he was missing out on his kids' lives.
So he decided to trade in his current job for a new one: Laura's. Once an ambitous young journalist, Laura's career had slowed when she went on the mommy track. Now, with a "wife" of her own, she would be able to write full time, while he could be present for more Kodak moments.
Alas, the man charged with preparing three nutritious meals a day had never mastered his own outdoor grill. Sublimely ignorant of everything from grocery shopping to housecleaning to the need to trim his children's nails more than, say, semi-annually, Murphy embarked on his journey much as Shackleton took on the Antarctic: spectacularly ill-equipped to survive it. Between the lice checks, the spring break trip to Las Vegas, and the chairmanship of the Lower Brookside Elementary Variety Show, there were bound to be casualties.
Lively, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny, How Tough Could It Be? is the story of one man's decision to reorder his life around things that really matter and of his adventures (and misadventures) along the way.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Laughed so hard I damn near cried
This is one of those books that you tell all your friends about. Two things stand out for me: the absolutely manic laughter it elicited and the benefit it gave me.

Murphy's writing style perfectly juxtaposes bawdy humor with an obvious intelligence; and when in doubt, he goes for the laugh. I laughed so hard at this thing that a couple of times it gave me an asthma attack. I think it helps if you have kids, and you recognize how ugly parenting can get.

But there is also a deeper benefit. Like the author, I finished the book with a better "vision," a clearer sense of just how hard, how maddening, and how unending the daily life of a woman is. I think I'm a better husband having read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT read!
I read the book after watching Murphy interviewed on the Today Show. The book is just great with many laugh out loud funny moments. HIGHLY recommend! (Make your husband's read it!)

3-0 out of 5 stars The Trials and Errors Over a 6 Month Experiment
I just couldn't get past the fact that this guy is a professional writer, as is his wife, who thought he might be able to sell some books on this unique subject. It honestly distracted me throughout the entire reading. His was an interesting experiment of a man working around the house for a few months. But hey let's face it, he is now back to his high-profile career of sports writing after having finished with this low profile writing project. Rent the movie "Mr. Mom," it's better.

3-0 out of 5 stars Choppy language
Okay, I must confess... I really did enjoy this book. The story was wity, and as another reviewer said, the narrator was very likable. HOWEVER, I get the feeling that after he wrote his first draft, he and his wife sat down with a thesarus and made it a point to change at least two words in every sentence. This completely breaks off the flow of the book. You can't really write casually and then throw in words that are not necessarily a part of everyday language. Example: "I then dim the dining room lights - ostensibly to create ambience...". I'm a college educated woman who can certainly handle it, but the unevenness of the language in the book really became annoying after awhile. But again, the story was great and very entertaining. Just look past the choppy words.

5-0 out of 5 stars much funnier than I expected
This sounded pretty predictable and I expected sitcom humor, maybe a few laughs but familiar ones. But Murphy (whose work you may know from SI) is much better than that. He's wry without being too sarcastic, and he's never mean-spirited. He's a likeable narrator and this is a surprisingly sharp and funny book. A great father's day gift. ... Read more


43. Pocket Mom: Everyday Wisdom, Practical Tips, and Down-Home Advice
by Dina Fayer
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Asin: 1931686831
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Quirk Books
Sales Rank: 54402
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When it comes to cooking rice, ironing shirts, making chicken soup, or installing shelf paper, Mom really does know best -- and now her most valuable advice has been distilled into this handy, pocket-sized companion. Pocket Mom features dozens of essential skills relating to cooking, housekeeping, safety, hygiene, life, love, and getting along. You'll discover how to:- Prevent mold and mildew - Make a perfect cup of coffee - Choose a vitamin supplement - Make a budget
- Dress for a first date - Recognize true love
- And much, much more. With Pocket Mom's practical instructions and whimsical illustrations, you can bring the best of Mom wherever you go -- and we promise she'll never say things like, "Honey, have you been putting on weight?"
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44. Satellite Sisters' Uncommon Senses
by Julie Dolan, Liz Dolan, Sheila Dolan, Monica Dolan, Lian Dolan
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Asin: 1573222100
Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Sales Rank: 699821
Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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The Satellite Sisters are the fastest rising stars on public radio - five real sisters who grew up in a big family, grew apart, and then grew closer again, connecting as adults in a positive, supportive way. They have five personalities, five points of view, and five very different lives joined by a common bond. They are sisters in blood and in spirit-a connection that's uncomplicated and complex at the same time.

But you don't have to have a sister to be a Satellite Sister. A Satellite Sister can be your best friend from high school, your walking partner, your great neighbor, your college roommate, or your friend from Mommy and Me. Your Satellite Sisters make you laugh, tell you when you're wrong, cheer you on, offer advice whether you want it or not, and help you make it through the day.

In Satellite Sisters' UnCommon Senses, the Dolan sisters share their approach to life-an approach that's rooted in big-family wisdom. Their theory: There are the five senses you're born with, and then there are the five UnCommon Senses you acquire when you grow up in a family of ten (5 sisters + 3 brothers + 2 parents), which prepare you for life in the real world.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fan of the show. Fan of the book.
As I don't always have my ear tuned to the radio to hear their show, or my biological sisters nearby, I enjoy turning to this book in small doses for a bit of wisdom and wit. It is a celebration of siblings and sisterhood. Each of the Dolan sister's personalities comes through and it's like having the work of a family member on my bookshelf. Thanks, girls.

5-0 out of 5 stars I loved them in Oprah Magazine so I bought their book
These sisters are hilarious. I read their regular column in Oprah Magazine and listen to their radio show, so when I saw the paperback in the store, I grabbed it. You know how you feel when you spend a fun night with your girlfriends? That's how you'll feel after reading this book. The five Dolan sisters are all very funny but their points of view about life are very different. It's organized into a series of separate essays about their lives growing up and their lives now. This book is a pleasure and I've already bought it for a couple of my friends for their birthdays and they agreed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eagerly awaiting the next book!
I laughed. I cried. I rushed out and picked up 4 more books (1 for each of my sisters, and 1 for my best friend). These sisters really seem to belong in my family. Vivian (our baby) is the family story-teller, who can turn the oddest situation into an adventure which will wring laughter out of the most jaded and depressed audience around. Beth can organize any event flawlessly, and boss around anyone in her vicinity with great aplomb (except our older brother, who always would hide in a closet or bathroom when projects were afoot). And... the comparisons, stories and lists just won't stop. Thanks to these wonderful gals for reminders about the sheer fun of growing up in a huge family - and the life lessons which we acquired along the way. Makes me wonder how on earth our Mother managed to shepherd our entire brood around Europe by herself, but the answer is obvious - she was already a member of the Sisterhood!

5-0 out of 5 stars I want to be a satellite sister!
I love this radio show so I went to a reading two of the sisters did in New York this week. Not only did I buy the book, based on their warm and funny presentation, but I bought three copies for my closest friends for Christmas. Having read my own copy in the last two days or so, I may need to stock up on a few more. This is the kind of book to share with friends - it's a very charming memoir about their childhood mixed with some observations about the importance of friendship and connection in their lives today. Each of the five sisters have a different point of view, but the overall message is about valuing the people in your life. This is stuff that's worth thinking about, especially if you can laugh a little while you do. There are lots of recent books about about women's lives, but they are all about one Bridget Jones-like individual. This one gets at the connections between female friends, which makes it much more original and memorable.

5-0 out of 5 stars celebrating sisterhood
The Five Dolan sisters, known on public radio as the co-hosts of the popular radio program, "Satellite sisters", have produced a great book that celebrates sisterhood, and mixes insouciant fun together with hard-earned wisdom. Born into an era of the 50s and early 60s when one wage-earner could support large families, they along with their three brothers and parents, constituted a ten-member family. (It's interesting to note that among the eight siblings there are only, as of the present, eleven grandchildren. Times change.)

The five sisters cover much territory in their book , writing of the various stages of their lives, of men, of careers and of jobs that paid the rent, of motherhood, of adventure, of time management, of holidays and sisters' weeks. You name the topic and you'll probably find it here. The central theme of this high-spirited book is connectedness, the invigorating bonding all women need to flourish and to find meaning in their life and work.

Whenever a friend has to move, amid the wrenching goodbyes I have learned to tell her, "When you find just one good friend in the new area, it will begin to seem like home." Sisters are especially lucky because they have lifelong friends in each other, and as the five Dolan sisters can testify, that connection survives years and distance and whatever events life brings. ... Read more


45. Chicken Soup for the Soul Cartoons for Dads
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
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46. Cheerfully Childless: The Humor Book for Those Who Hesitate to Procreate
by Ellen Metter
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Asin: 0971162700
Catlog: Book (2001-11)
Publisher: Browser Pr
Sales Rank: 413216
Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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This cartoon-filled humor book brings cheer to those who are leaning against parenthood but don't get much support from a society that teaches the four R's: Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic, and Reproduction!Serious books on the subject of choosing to be childless abound, but nothing light-hearted -- until now.Emotions run high on this topic, and that's precisely the sort of issue where humor thrives.Erma Bombeck looked at family life, Scott Adams took on work life, and Ellen Metter and illustrator Loretta Gomez tackle the question with a life-altering answer: Is it my fate to procreate? ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars not worth it
I knew this was a "light" read but was hoping for some funny advice or insight. I found none of that in this book. Lots of quotes and heavily spaced. I read it in about 3 minutes

5-0 out of 5 stars truth in humor makes one think
This is a humor book, after all, so it may not be the earth-shattering book that helps you make that crucial decision. That said, I found kernels of truth in the humor that rang true with my feelings on the subject. And there are some parts of the small book that are serious. For instance, on the topic of not having grandchildren someday, I appreciated the following: "Listen - if you even hint that you'd like to babysit a small child - someone young enough to be your grandchild - the parents will have them ensconced in your back bedroom quicker than a fully loaded diaper falls off a toddler. Children are out there by the hundred waiting to bond with someone who will buy them gifts. In later years they'll think fondly of you and visit you almost as often as their real relatives. Maybe more." Right now, I thoroughly enjoy my nieces and nephews and my friends' children. And I enjoy giving them back. This made me realize that the same will be true when I am older. There will always be an abundance of children in the world that need love and attention and encouragement. Notes on the author in back include that she has dabbled in stand-up comedy. This book reads as a stand-up routine, which I enjoyed.

4-0 out of 5 stars A lighthearted and insightful read...
Hubby and I have chosen not to have children and you'd think we'd pledged an alliance with Satan or something! Both of our families have had no problem chastizing us for our very personal decision. Many arguments have ensued over the years for us being the butt of jokes or snide comments on our "selfishness" for not wanting kids. (Hmm, somehow I think actually weighing something as life changing as having children over just jumping into reproduction because it's expected of us makes me think we're NOT being selfish) Cheerfully Childless makes you realize you're not alone and that there are plenty of people out there like us who love children but just don't want our own. There are many funny cartoons and some AWESOME one liners that I've since used and instantly shut up nosey and insensitive people with their remarks. If you have chosen to stay a family of two and want a good reassurance that you're not as self centered as everyone with children says you are, this is the book for you! ;-)

4-0 out of 5 stars Gentle humor on choosing to be childless
I thought this was a funny book, and refreshingly without the acerbic tone of some books on this topic. I loved the illustrations and found them a perfect complement to the narrative.

3-0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed...
I was hoping for an intelligent humor book about being CF. What I got was essentially a paperback coloring book. Lots of HUGE fonts, bad jokes and even worse illustrations. I was not happy with this book at all. If the jokes had at least been funny I probably would've given a better review, but they're not. I can't remember even cracking a smile once. ... Read more


47. The Dysfunctional Family Christmas Songbook
by JOHN BOSWELL, LENORE SKENAZY
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-02)
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48. Having It Y'all : An Insider's Guide to Life Southern Style
by Ann Barrett Batson
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Catlog: Book (1993-07-01)
Publisher: Rutledge Hill Press
Sales Rank: 114858
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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A playful but proper social introduction to the South and southerners. It's a tongue-in-cheek guidebook to navigating the ways and means of today's Southland. Illustrated. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars So-so.
I'm moving to the South so I thought I should learn a few things about the culture. I learned a few new things, but a lot of this book is just fluff - bland lists of things you don't need to know. Lists of football championships, who to mail-order hams from, etc. I did like the info dealing with Southern religions as I didn't know much about the difference between say Baptists and Holy Rollers.

3-0 out of 5 stars Leaving out Texas
I would have given this book a much higher rating, but for my immediate umbrage after seeing that the author had decided to, essentially, leave my native state of Texas out of the modern-day South.

NOW, let me make it clear that certainly, Texas is, as the old saying goes, Texas....belonging completely to no region.

HOWEVER, to "fringe" in southern portions of states such as Ohio, Indiana, etc..and leave Texas not only out of the "genuine Southland" but the border area as well, leads me to conclude that the author has probably never been to the Lone Star State....or if so, confined the stay to spots such as Austin or the DFW metroplex with their yuppie lifestyles and concentration of yankee transplants.

I will confine my case here to East Texas (generally, meaning the part of the state east of Dallas)since it is easily the "most Southern" of the interstate regions. Not only Southern, but pretty much Deep South Southern....especially when one gets over toward the Marshall/Jefferson/Caddo Lake areas. Don't take my word for it, I have talked to too many tourists from Mississippi and Alabama whom I have encountered on my numerous trips out that way, that tell me the land and moodscapes are "just like backhome" Many were actually surprised to find it so...having had their whole image of Texas formed by the old westerns movies (which were, in reality, shot in Arizona and southern California). Even western parts of the state, having been settled by pioneers from the older South, is generally "Southern" in outlook and philosophy..even if not in topography.

So, Ms. Batson, next time you pen an otherwise purely good read about the South, give the inclusion of Texas a bit more consideration. After all, even if you don't accept my rest of my arguments, ANY state which fought for the Confederacy (not only fought, but was one of the charter members), is famous for "y'all", and where black-eyed peas and fried okra are staples, has made its mark and earned its star in the Southern constellation!

5-0 out of 5 stars A humorous but accurate dash through the South
I read this book years ago in its first printing. I was turned onto the book by someone I knew who had read it and I was not displeased. Every other book on the South that I had read seemed to have this "you would never understand cause you're not from the south" attitude that seemed to suggest a certain perfection that I know is not actually there. This book however was not ashamed at projecting a more complete picture that was nontheless extremely funny. Being from the deep south myself I know that we have the Mardi Gras Balls and "Old Money", but we also have trailer parks and Arkansas, and Ms. Batson doesn't miss this. I had fun with this book, and after writing this review I think that I will take my old copy off the shelf and look through it again. ... Read more


49. The Working Woman's Guide to Balancing Kids, Career, House and Spouse
by Mimi O'Bara
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Catlog: Book (2002-03-10)
Publisher: Grainne Enterprises
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Average Customer Review: 4.85 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is a MUST-- READ!
Mimi O'Bara has written a book for all of us! Whether you are married , divorced, with or without children, employed or still searching for the perfect job.....Mimi has put it all together with great style and a wonderful sense of humor. Her stories about how she deals with an incredibly busy life, are inspirational..and a joy to read! I am looking forward to alot more from this wonderful and witty writer in the future..She has touched my life...and when you read this book, you will understand why. Thank you, Mimi O'Bara!

5-0 out of 5 stars Every Working Woman Needs to Laugh or She'll Cry
Opening "The Working Woman's Guide to Balancing Career, House and Spouse" led to the most enjoyable plane ride I can remember! I chuckled, laughed out loud, commisserated and felt I had a friend and soul-mate in Mimi O'Bara. I didn't care that I was not offered anything worthy of eating. I didn't care who was sitting next to me, invading my space. Upon landing, a man sitting across the aisle from me, tapped my shoulder and asked what I was reading that had entertained me so completely for the last few hours. I looked at him, summing up that he fit the description of every scenario described in the book, and told him it was really nothing he would enjoy. He looked a bit hurt and left out, which only made me love my reading diversion even more!

I have read excerpts from this book to friends at parties, given it as gifts to girlfriends coast to coast, office compatriots and relatives. To realize I am not alone out there in the corporate world of men, kids, balancing it all and keeping a smile on my face, was like breathing for the first time in a long time.

I feel that I have a friend in Mimi O'Bara. I hope she is encouraged to continue writing. I'm sure there's more stories to tell. Her humor, insight and reality keeps me smiling!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Comedic Masterpiece!
This book is fantastic for people of all ages and genders. I bought this book for my mother and she read it within a week and liked it so much she bought 12 copies for her friends. This book describes the trials and tribulations a working woman has to go through while trying to balance her children, her job, her husband and her house. If you are looking for a comedic masterpiece for either your mom, your wife or even your girlfriend this book is perfect.

I was wondering why my mother was laughing so hard and I picked it up and read it. Even I thought it was hilarious, a 24 year old law student. Buy this book if you are in for a bucket of laughs!

5-0 out of 5 stars New Meaning to Multi-Tasking!
Mimi O'Bara gives new meaning to multi-tasking. I recognize her family! This book hits home and is a must read for women who think the balls in the air are hitting them on their heads too often. Order two; one for you and one as a gift to give your career colleague who is also super mom and adoring wife and thinks no one understands her plight. Nothing takes the sting out of a bad day better than a good laugh. Mimi O'Bara provides more humor than the Comedy Channel. Kick off those heels and give yourself a fun break. This book made me laugh more than I can explain.

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A MUST-READ!
Mimi O'Bara is a gifted writer!She has a wonderful sense of humor and this book is a must-read, no matter what your personal situation is at the moment. Whether you are married, divorced, with or without children, currently employed or searching for work..Mimi has written this book for all of us, and I hope she knows how she has touched her readers! I eagerly await her next book.....make that books! ... Read more


50. I Thought Labor Ended When The Baby Was Born (Baby Blues Scrapbook, No 4)
by Rick Kirkman, Jerry Scott
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Catlog: Book (1994-03-01)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Sales Rank: 126044
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for all expecting to be parents
We read it after our kid was born and we now realize what could have been different. I recommend it to anyone planning to be parents. It's the best birth control device ever invented.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very funny!
"I Thought Labor Ended When the Baby Was Born: Baby Blues Scrapbook No. 4" is a great compilation of the "Baby Blues" comic strip. "Baby Blues" is one of the top comic strips out today. This book is a great way to catch up on the history of the McPhersons, if you missed the early strips. I recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Zany Antics for the Young and Old
This book was really funny, one of the bright and sparky follow ups in the Baby Blues series. The book reflected the lives of the MacPhersons, glorifying the crazy antics of having children and trying to survive. Keep them coming! ... Read more


51. Momisms What She Says And What She Really Means
by Cathy Hamilton
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These Parent-to-English guidebooks are hilarious primers on understanding the true meanings of parental communication.Those who suspect that their mothers and fathers took closely guarded secret courses instructing them on "the significance of enigmatic utterances" won't be surprised to learn there are indeed clandestine languages for parents. And here are the books that decipher them.Finally, Dad's ambiguous responses like "Go ask your mother," cryptic commands such as "Don't make me pull this car over," and the puzzling question, "Do you think I'm made of money?" are explained in comic detail in this handy reference. And Mom's warnings, "Don't you ever let me catch you doing that again!" (implying that you can do it, I just don't want to find out about it) and probes, "Is that what you're going to wear?" are made clear. (Translation of the last Momism: "I wouldn't be caught DEAD in that outfit.") ... Read more


52. Gutted : Down to the Studs in My House, My Marriage, My Entire Life
by Lawrence LaRose
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Asin: 1582343926
Catlog: Book (2004-06-19)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Sales Rank: 9359
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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One man's hair-raising and hilarious account of the reconstruction of an old house and the near demolition of a new marriage.

Only a few years ago, Lawrence LaRose won a place on bestseller lists as coauthor of The Code: Time-Tested Secrets for Getting What You Want from Women - Without Marrying Them! But then recklessness set in: LaRose fell in love. In the course of a few months, he became engaged, got married, and bought a decrepit fixer-upper in Sag Harbor, New York. Days before closing, he lost his job. This unemployed writer and Manhattanite lit on a preposterous plan: he would bluff his way onto a Hamptons construction crew in order to learn the skills he needed. Soon he was building stadium-size "cottages" with $600 toilet paper holders while barely scraping by with his own meager renovation. But as challenges mounted and confusions multiplied, LaRose and his wife found they had something extra keeping them safe from divorce: tons of debt, and the risk-taking inclination to stay together.

Whether you're a single person, a newlywed, or one of those harried married folks lumbering through Home Depot, you'll find Gutted to be an outrageously original view of trading spaces, giving up unfettered freedom for marriage, and building a life and a home. Part cautionary tale, part hands-on advice, Gutted shows that the best improvements in life all start with a little demolition.
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5-0 out of 5 stars What a great new voice....
I never thought I could get so many laughs while recalling the torture that we went through when we redid our house. I wish we'd read this book before we started -- it might have kept us cracking up in a good way instead of in the losing-our-sanity way. I found this book in a DailyCandy.com email recommending Father's Day gifts, and I think that's probably a great call for dads who read and have a sense of humor. I'm glad to see Amazon likes it so much that it's a Breakout Book of Summer 2004! This is my new gift of choice to fellow readers -- perhaps it'll save some marriages, not to mention some houses!

5-0 out of 5 stars wow!!!
what an entertaining ride. this book is full of laughs and insight into the wacky and stressful world of home renovation, marriage and mid-life meltdowns. larose has a wicked sense of humor that makes sedaris seem tame. i loved every page!

5-0 out of 5 stars Congratulations, Lawrence LaRose!
GUTTED made me laugh out loud. It also brought
tears to my eyes as I followed the unlikely but,
nevertheless, epic journey of Mr. LaRose and his
wife through the figurative and literal pitfalls
of acute home renovation undertaken during the
early years of their marriage. Mr. LaRose has a keen
ear and eye for the ironic and the absurd which serve
him well in this tale of the joys and horrors of home
ownership and of the notable discoveries that this couple
make about each other as they navigate the aisles of Home
Depot. This is an honest, funny, poignant book. I found
myself surprisingly invested in not
only the structural details of the "toenail yellow" house but also rooting for the
survival of the marriage. One can only hope for more from
this gifted author with the challenges of parenthood providing
fresh ground for his astute and quirky observations on life.

5-0 out of 5 stars C'mon over to my house, Lawrence LaRose!
This is what I need -- a guy who can make me laugh while he goes to the ends of the earth to figure out how to build me a house! I not only learned a lot about home renovation when I read "Gutted: Down to the Studs in My House, My Marriage, My Entire Life" -- I found it interesting even without having tried any yet. I hear my friends complain incessantly about their home renovation stress and the battles it causes -- this guy finds a way to spell it all out and then put it in perspective. It gives me hope for the friends who can't agree on so much as a doorknob. I already have a list of people in my head to recommend it to -- my boyfriend, dad and mom are #1, #2 and #3 -- and then come my friends...you know who you are! Now I just want to know about the next big step in LaRose's life -- it was hard to let this world go -- what's next?????

5-0 out of 5 stars Hair-raising laughs!
LaRose is the underdog we all need more of! Takes a terrible situation and triumphs - and you laugh for the entire ride. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it! The LA Times says he has David Sedaris-type humor. I couldn't agree more. The book is great fun!!! ... Read more


53. Car Talk: Men Are from GM, Women Are from Ford
by Radio Broadcast
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Asin: 1565115627
Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
Sales Rank: 17541
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54. In The Beginning...There Were No Diapers: Laughing and Learning In The First Years Of Fatherhood
by Tim Bete
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Sales Rank: 483190
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55. Rules for Aging: A Wry and Witty Guide to Life
by Roger Rosenblatt
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Asin: 0156013606
Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
Publisher: Harvest/HBJ Book
Sales Rank: 22020
Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Acclaimed and beloved prize-winning essayist Roger Rosenblatt has commented on most of the trends and events of our time. His columns in Time magazine and his commentaries on PBS's News Hour with Jim Lehrer have made him a household word and a trusted friend of millions. With a wry sense of humor and inimitable wit, Rosenblatt offers here guidelines for aging that are both easy to understand and, more importantly, easy to implement.

More and more in the news today, we are hearing about phenomenal advances in the "fight against aging." But what Rosenblatt suggests to combat age is far more valuable than any scientific breakthrough-he breaks down the hardest part of aging, the mental anguish of growing older with fifty-four gems of funny, brilliant, wise, indispensable advice.

A book to savor, a book to keep, and a book for all ages.

This little guide is intended for people who wish to age successfully, or at all. . . . One may think of this work as a how-to book, akin to many health guides published these days, whose purpose is to prolong our lives and make them richer. That is the aim of my book, too. -from the Introduction

And this is just the start of Roger Rosenblatt's charming and thought-provoking guide to surviving the episodes that shamelessly shave years off of our lives. With a wry sense of humor and peerless wit, Rules for Aging provides guidance that is, hands down, the most practical, pleasurable and, most importantly, painless advice you'll ever receive. As Rosenblatt writes, "When I urge you to refrain from a certain thought or course of action, I do not mean to suggest that you are in any way wrong if you do the opposite. I mean only to say that you will suffer."

Rule #1: It doesn't matter
Whatever you think matters-doesn't. Follow this rule, and it will add decades to your life. It does not matter if you are late, or early; if you are here, or if you are there; if you said it, or did not say it; if you were clever, or if you were stupid; if you are having a bad hair day, or a no hair day; if your boss looks at you cockeyed; if your girlfriend or boyfriend looks at you cockeyed; if you don't get that promotion, or prize, or house, or if you do. It doesn't matter.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun Book, with Plenty of Wisdom
This is a really fun book, with lots of wisdom, much of it humorous. Despite the title, it really is a book for all ages as I am only 12, and can still apply many of Rosenblatt's rules. Rosenblatt takes his rules seriously, but doesn't take himself too seriously. Ideal for a X-Mas Stocking Stuffer -- I've already bought copies for both of my parents. Really easy read!

5-0 out of 5 stars If anyone wants my rule.....
It would be: Read this book!

My favorite was #2--"Nobody is thinking about you. They are thinking about themselves--just like you." That rule alone saves years of stress.

Or, perhaps, #15--"Pursue virtue, but don't sweat it." As he explains: "The pursuit alone is sufficient to establish your qualities, and if you fail once in a while, your guilt will remind you of the path you didn't take." Comfort for all good intentioned fallible people--which most of us are.

Or #31--Do not attempt to improve people, especially when you know it will help." He points back to Rule #2 and adds: "Nobody is thinking of you--unless you tell them about their faults. Then you may be sure that they are thinking about you. They are thinking of killing you."

If I have any quibble, it would be with the title. A person of any age can profit from it. Perhaps a better title would have been; "Rules That Give You a Fighting Chance to Reach Old Age Without Succumbing to Stress or Having Someone Kill You."

Perhaps he had the better idea after all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rules For Aging
This book is very funny and full of wisdom about aging. It is a great book to take on a flight as it is a quick read. I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read Again and Again
Funny, true, hilarious, thoughtful, quick, insightful. . . . .just a few words to describe a wonderful book that is just something that you need to keep around the house to read every once in a while. I bought a few to give as gifts. Instead insulting someone on their birthday why not make them laugh. This little book is brilliant!

5-0 out of 5 stars Short and to the point
Reading this little book is like popping a calcium tablet. It's good for you. Roger Rosenblatt's 58 rules are sincere and important tidbits of guiding information. It should be required reading for humanity.

From the author of "I'm Living Your Dream Life." ... Read more


56. Big Honkin' Zits : A Zits Treasury
by Jerry Scott, Jim Borgman
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Asin: 0740718541
Catlog: Book (2001-08-28)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Sales Rank: 15533
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Widely lauded by critics, colleagues, and readers, Zits is on the brink of appearing in 1,000 newspapers-the unspoken threshold of the comic strip elite. The strip has been twice honored with the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award as the Best Newspaper Comic Strip, and received the Max and Moritz Award in 2000 for Best International Comic Strip.This second treasury represents a compilation of Don't Roll Your Eyes at Me, Young Man! and Are We an "Us"'. With friends and family, Jeremy ponders life's great philosophical questions, such as, "If the universe is constantly expanding, how come the sky never gets any bigger'" He tackles serious issues too, deciding with his buddy, Hector, to shave his head to support a friend's mom who's battling cancer. Big Honkin' Zits masterfully guides its readers through the real-life joys and heartaches of being a teenager.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Heehehhahahahahheeheeheehhe, yukyukyuk!
I evaluate funnies by the drawings, and, of course, is it funny or not? With that said, here we go.

In some ways, I think this comic is influenced by Calvin and Hobbes, one of the most memorable and classic strips. This comic strip is drowned in sarcasm and irony. The drawings have a sort of sketchy quality about them, something that makes them loose and very cool-looking. They have shading and scribbly detail, but are still very clear and easy to understand.

It has more than 4 characters, allowing the cartoonist to come up with many interesting character traits. Exploring these personalities is very fun to read. A boy and a girl never seen not hugging each other, a mom, a dad, a big brother, and a boy with a guitar are just some of the characters. I think this strip has about the right amount of characters.

This book is my first encounter with the comic and it is very appealing. I won't tell you to buy it, because I'm not a salesperson. I'm merely telling you why I like it.

5-0 out of 5 stars You will love ZITS
If you have or have had teenagers, you need to red Zits. The adventures of all the characters will keep you laughing. They even manage to capture the angst of both parents and teens.

5-0 out of 5 stars You'll pop with (laughter with) Zits!
In Big Honkin Zits (hey, it's named after ME when I was 16..or 26) you can clearly see WHY this strip by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman is one of the fastest growing and most popular strips EVER.

The best way to explain it is: it's on the same quality level as Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes at it's funniest, most irony-laced and visually comedic BEST. Once again we have Jeremy...the self-absorbed 15-year-old who is constantly (in his view) humiliated by his parents' mere existance (except when he lowers the posture and briefly show he really cares). The strip shows things from the adult point of view but ALSO does a good job of pointing out how a teen might view the parents (his parents ARE dorky).

There are several reasons why this strip is such great COMEDY, and holds up so well in a treasury form such as this. The artists use a story-line of sorts (akin to the story-line Watterson would use where a given daily strip would stand alone but is part of a group with a theme). The shorter strips work as well as the longer ones. As in Calvin & Hobbes we often see things from the teen or parental view in the form of a fantasy (his father dressed like a clown; Jeremy with huge ears after his girlfriend mentions his ears are big).It's a strip that shows character evolution: his girlfriend finally gets her braces off; he goes to his first real rock concert; sneaks into his first teen porn film etc.

But above all it's the world-class visual comedy, character facial expressions and actual irony-heavy comedy that makes this strip among the best EVER. Since there are tons of strips I'll share one that is my favorite. Jeremy's mother reads an article that says "the average teenage boy thinks about sex once every eight minutes." They look at each other and each says "Wow." She thinks: "That much?" He thinks: "That's all?"

You're going to want to read Big Honkin' Zits again and again and each time you're going to laugh as much as the first time. SUPERB selection of a SUPERB strip that happily continues to quickly grow in circulation, artistically and comedically.

5-0 out of 5 stars A second helping of a great comic strip
Jeremy returns in his second treasury, combining strips from the books "Don't Roll Your Eyes at Me, Young Man!" and "Are We an Us?" Not much has changed since the first treasury. He still wishes his parents would get off his back, he still doesn't understand women, and he still dreams of making it big in music. But whether he's trying to decide what to do about the upcoming Gingivitis concert, win back Sara from a sophomore, support a friend's mom who has cancer, or sneak over to his girlfriend's babysitting job, he's sure to find the humor in any situation.

Unfortunately, I don't get the strip in my local paper, so I have to wait for these books to enjoy it. But I can certainly see why it has become such a popular strip. Everyone can appreciate the humor in the storylines, which poke fun at everyone equally. The visual gages are some of the best in the papers today and make for some of the best strips in the book as well. And it's easy to like these characters because they really do have good hearts just beneath the surface. My only complaint with this book is that the strips don't appear to be in order. It makes for a little confusion when a character is first introduced after we've already met him or her, but over all, it really is minor.

This is a wonderful collection that should win new fans and satisfy the old. Buy it today and enjoy the laughs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Captures teenagers from an adult point of view
Funny, often unexpectedly so, and a good depiction of teenagers from an adult point of view. (I don't know if teenagers would find it funny, but their parents and siblings will.) ... Read more


57. It's All Greek to Me! : A Tale of a Mad Dog and an Englishman, Ruins, Retsina-and Real Greeks
by John Mole
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Asin: 1857883438
Catlog: Book (2004-09-25)
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Sales Rank: 72784
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Whith unforgettable characters coming to life on every page, this humorous story of one family's search for the Arcadian idyll speaks volumes about learning to live, laugh, and drink Ouzo together while turning a tumbledown ruin into a place to hold their hearts. ... Read more


58. Mikwright Family Style
by Tim Mikkelsen, Phyllis Wright-Herman, MikWright Ltd.
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Asin: 0740718770
Catlog: Book (2001-10-03)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Sales Rank: 152988
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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MikWright...Family Style seeks to follow in the footsteps of the overwhelming success achieved by its four predecessors by being bigger and better.In a style that remains unmatched, the MikWright group attaches irreverent prose with an in-your-face attitude to tradition family photos (which are quite entertaining themselves.)This time around, MikWright...Family Style highlights some of the people in the photographs through stories and quips penned with the biting wit that has given this series of books its own distinctive brand of humor. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Shocking Look at Old Snapshots
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"Did we really look like that?"

When family gathers around old snapshots it's a comment you're sure to hear. Here we have a fat little paperback (pages unnumbered) chock full of old photos that look much like the ones from your own album. Each has an explanation or a memory from the author's families so it's sort of a memoir gone mad.

In the acknowledgment the reader is assured that these anecdotes contain "flagrant exaggerations and distorted facts" as a trio of humorists, identified only as Tim, Phyllis and Bob, share their family secrets. And, though lampooned, the reader is aware that this zany family is also loved and perhaps a whole lot less dysfunctional than many.

In addition to the little yarns explaining each picture, there is often a sassy blurb in the tradition of your decades-old high school yearbook with a little more spice that would have been...er..ahem...appropriate in the 50s.

This book will make a great gift for someone who needs to loosen up a bit, laugh more, get on with it, for gawd's sake. Wait! Don't give it away yet! Read it first! I'm sure this trio of nuts will have no objections at all to their book doing double duty.

4-0 out of 5 stars Roaringly funny, holiday gatherings at their most hilarious
I bought this book for a friend, but before I sent it off, me and my entire family managed to flip through all the pages and we all roared. Mikrights, Family Style is in the same style of the other MikWright books- old black and white photos with captions. The sass, witt and sheer humor in the captions, as well as the pictures, will get anyone with a remote sense of humor to laugh. Everyone's experienced at least 1 similar scene or character with their family- the glares after long standing fights, the oddball aunt in her even stranger dress striking a pose for the camera, etc. You've really got to see it to fully grasp the genius of Tim Mikkelsen!

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59. Infertility Sucks
by Beverly Barna
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Asin: 1401069266
Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Sales Rank: 166168
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Too Sarcastic
I'm not sure I was emotionally ready for a book that takes such a harsh and sarcastic view of infertility. The subject is delicate and if you are an emotional woman, like I am, you might find this book a bit much. I realize the author might have been trying to interject humor, but I didn't find a lot of her anticdotes amusing at all. If you're looking for a good book on infertility that has it's share of humor and encouragement, I'd recommend "Girlfriend to Girlfriend" by Kristen Magnacca. It touches on a lot of the same points without offensive sarcasm. It is also much more well written than "Infertility Sucks".

5-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining!
Thanks to other reviewers, I went into this book very aware that it was one woman's humorous approach to infertility. I found it very entertaining, but then again, I did expect (and was therefore prepared for) the sarcasm. As it was intended for infertile readers only (or mostly) I understood the emotion behind it and thought it was all in fun. [I've been trying for **nine years** to get pg; sometimes it's human to get a little frustrated and grumpy about it.] The illustrations at the beginning of each chapter are funny too. The book has zingers but I think they are meant for those who deserve them (like people who tell infertile women/couples to relax). I've read many angrier and meaner blogs on the Internet. Okay, it has a scarcastic tone sometimes, but overall I thought it had a positive spin on coping with infertility. I plan to buy another copy for my girlfriend, or give her mine!

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally! A refreshingly honest look at infertility!
Very funny, brutally honest, on the mark and well written, Barna gave the world a gift when she wrote this book! Suffering from infertility myself, it changed my view from feeling victimized to feeling empowered. Exactly what I needed, it gave me the ammunition to go out in the world where it seems everyone but myself is pregnant. I was so sick of reading sappy, sad books,and I was tired of feeling sorry for myself,Barna's view on infertility was so refreshing, I immediently felt uplifted and ready for whatever life threw at me. A must have!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Voice of Relevance & Reason Well-Seasoned with Wit
Written with the advantage of firsthand experience; spiced with candor and creative thought; a blessing for those weary of the usual trite and untrue, and quite ready for a full frontal view of a complex matter.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best I've Read
I am not infertile, but a few of my friends are. This great book for the first time helped me understand what they are going through. The empathy contained in this book, along with its humor, has helped me gain a true understanding. I have shared it with my infertile friends, all of whom have derived comfort,
solace and humor in its pages. Barna has given to us all a real gift. ... Read more


60. How Not To Become a Crotchety Old Man
by Mary McHugh
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Asin: 0740739522
Catlog: Book (2004-04)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Sales Rank: 275155
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We all have a crotchety old man in our lives. Maybe he's your father, your grandfather, your brother, your husband-or, though you'd never admit it, even you! Now, from the author of How Not to Become a Little Old Lady comes its companion, How Not to Become a Crotchety Old Man, a lighthearted celebration of the grumpy old men in your life. Author Mary McHugh's 250 hilarious truths about cranky, crusty old guys who would rather spend days trying to build something rather than read the instructions are coupled with the charming and humorous art of Adrienne Hartman.If he's ever done one of the following things, it's a sure sign you have a Crotchety Old Man on your hands: Stood in the middle of the kitchen and said, "Where's the butter?" Bought cans of broken cashews because they're cheaper. Yelled at news anchors on television. Cheated on his diet but yelled at his wife when she ate one M&M.Perfect for Father's Day, How Not to Become a Crotchety Old Man is for any man who wants to ensure he doesn't slip into the Crotchety Zone. It also makes a great gift for that guy in your life who is a Crotchety Old Man but will never believe one line in this book is about him. ... Read more


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