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What No One Tells the Mom
Marg Stark
0399530819
Apr 2005
Paperback
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From Booklist
Stark follows up What No One Tells the Bride (2000) with an amusing look at the realities of motherhood. Drawing on her own experiences giving birth to her first child at the age of 33, as well as interviews with 100 women, therapists, marriage and sex researchers, child psychiatrists (and a few husbands), Stark offers survival tips to mothers. Her primary advice for them is to lower their personal expectations and resist the myth of the supermom. She takes aim at common myths--that the stomach will shrink right after the baby is born, that baby blues last only a few days, that fathers will share in the work--and advises women on how to deal with the stress and enormous work of becoming mothers. She focuses on the first five years of motherhood and the demands of balancing expectations of fathers and children and...


To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife
Caitlin Flanagan
0316736872
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Flanagan's take on why modern mothers are conflicted about their roles is so witty and well researched—she quotes sources ranging from Queen Elizabeth's childhood nanny to Total Woman Marabel Morgan—that it's easy to overlook that she offers no evidence to back up her chief notion "that women have a deeply felt emotional connection to housekeeping." Coming from someone who admits she doesn't change her sheets or clean her house (the maid does it), it's hard to take this assertion seriously. But then, while Flanagan is a staff writer for the New Yorker and a regular essayist for the Atlantic, she's more a polemicist here than journalist. The problem is her self-contradictions. Flanagan is fed up with what she sees as self-indulgent upper-middle-class mommies (like herself and unlike her mother's...


Conception Chronicles: The Uncensored Truth about Sex, Love and Marriage when You're Trying to Get Pregnant
Patty Doyle Debano
0757302386
June 2005
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Book Description
When we first started down the baby-making path, we thought we'd be pregnant in no time. We'd just toss out our birth control pills and before we knew it, we'd be rocking our little one to sleep. Little did we know what was in store for us, or the energy it would take to face all of the crazy, unpredictable and (sometimes) irrational emotions we felt along the way. Neither did our husbands. Sound familiar? If your idea of foreplay is screaming, "I'm ovulating; it's time!!!" to your oblivious husband... If your ovulation schedule is ruling your life and every trip to the drug store includes a bulk purchase of pregnancy sticks... If you're running out of answers to the chronic questioning from the pregnancy paparazzi about your plans for parenthood ... Then this is the book for you. Whether it's been three...


Passionate Marriage: Love, Sex, and Intimacy in Emotionally Committed Relationships
David M. Schnarch
0393040216
October 1997
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Review
Couples therapists often specialize in one or the other--sex or the relationship. It's a ridiculous separation says marital and sex therapist David Schnarch, who believes sex is the all-telling barometer of a love relationship. Schnarch's fundamental lesson is differentiation--the often threatening process of defining yourself as separate from your partner, which inevitably draws you closer to your partner than you ever dreamed possible. Schnarch uses dramatic therapy sessions to illustrate how differentiation doesn't just cure sexual dysfunction; it helps couples reach the mind-blowing heights of their sexual potential. A groundbreaking and truly erotic discussion of adult sexuality.

From Library Journal
Living in a "dead" relationship? Want to make it more passionate? More...


Sweet Potato Queens' Field Guide to Men: Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay, or Dead
Jill Conner Browne
1400049687
October 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Browne's fourth training manual for belles gone bad is a Southern-fried delight. It's ostensibly a guide to men, but it doesn't take long for the book's focus to return to the care, feeding, maintenance and revenge secrets of the SPQs. Men (or "spuds") are classified in categories including the platonic "Bud Spud," the beautiful-but-dense "Scud Spud," the shouldn't-wear-bikinis "Pud Spud" and the elusive "Spud Spud" (aka "Mr. Right" or "The One"). Browne is at her laugh-till-it-hurts best detailing her adventures having an eye- and facelift ("I have pretty much adopted plastic surgery as my hobby"), bowling ("There are few things in life... with a cringe-and-gag factor to rival that of putting rented shoes on one's own personal feet") and losing weight (temporarily) with acupuncture ("We would—and...


I'm Too Young to Be Seventy: And Other Delusions
Judith Viorst
0743267745
September 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The beloved bestselling author of Forever Fifty and Suddenly Sixty now tackles the ins and outs of becoming a septuagenarian with her usual wry good humor.Fans of Judith Viorst's funny, touching, and wise poems about turning thirty, forty, fifty, and sixty will love this new volume for the woman who deeply believes she is too young to be seventy, "too young in my heart and my soul, if not in my thighs."Viorst explores, among the many other issues of this stage of life, the state of our sex lives and teeth, how we can stay married though thermostatically incompatible, and the joys of grandparenthood and shopping. Readers will nod with rueful recognition when she asks, "Am I required to think of myself as a basically shallow woman because I feel better when my hair looks good?," when she presses a few helpful...


Why I'm Still Married: Women Write Their Hearts Out on Love, Loss, Sex, and Who Does the Dishes
Karen Propp (Editor)
1594630178
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Whether they're on their first marriage or their fourth, each of the 24 contributors to this thought-provoking collection has terrific stories and wisdom to share, and they all do it masterfully. "Nobody is a perfect match and we have to accept that," writes Marge Piercy, who has learned to accommodate her husband's quirks, just as he has hers. Editor Propp's husband expressed his annoyance—anger, actually—over differences so viciously that after five years she began fantasizing about leaving. Instead, she went to the Internet, read about verbal abuse and learned to stand up for herself. NPR reporter Maria Hinojosa says, "I stay married because this is the one person who understands how to help make me into a better person." You might not agree with everyone's theories—Hannah Pine defends her...


French Toast: An American in Paris Celebrates the Maddening Mysteries of the French
Harriet Welty Welty Rochefort
0312199783
January 1999
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
During the 1970s, Rochefort moved from Shenandoah, Iowa, to Paris, where she met and married her husband, Philippe. Here, she offers her reflections on what it's like to be the wife of a Frenchman and the mother of two French-American children. Although presented with a confidence that comes with long experience, the observations shared (Rochefort's but also those of French and fellow expatriate friends) are hardly illuminating. Rochefort relies on her experiences with French in-laws and friends to conclude that the French, unlike their American counterparts, would rather talk about sex than money, are quarrelsome and require their children to work hard in school. She finds that French wives are wonderful cooks who allow their husbands to dominate the conversation at parties and are always responsible for packing...


Red-Hot Monogamy: Making Your Marriage Sizzle
Bill Farrel
0736916083
January 2006
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Everything and a Kite
Ray Romano
055358037X
August 1999
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Ray Romano's Everybody Loves Raymond is the most important TV comedy since Seinfeld. Now he makes his debut as an author with a reported seven-figure book deal. Some of what makes his show great is captured between the covers of Everything and a Kite--it boasts the same affectionate, yet not cheaply sentimental, comedy that conveys actual insights about family life, an experience Martin Mull has likened to "having a bowling alley installed in your brain." The show is like Married... with Children with a heart or Home Improvement with a brain.

In book form, Romano is kind of like Dave Barry. Barry is funnier on the page, but Romano writes a good spritz-of-consciousness monologue. And Barry dared not utter the word prostate in Dave Barry Turns 50, but Romano provides a state-of-the-art prostate-exam reminiscence. There is...



The New Yorker: Book of True Love Cartoons
The New Yorker (Editor)
0375403132
January 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
Meeting. Wooing. Dating. Mating. Wanting sex. Having sex. Regretting sex. Recovering from sex. Talking. Not talking. Proposing. Refusing. Marrying. Unmarrying. Remarrying . . . Here is the dance of true love captured at all its most outrageously funny moments--the graceful and the awkward, the blissful and the tormented.

Here is meeting made easy at the "Mate Mart," Rilke as an aphrodisiac, and marriage as a daunting threshold ("And do you, Rebecca, promise to make love only to Richard, month after month, year after year, and decade after decade, until one of you is dead?").

Here is love between all sorts: children too young to know and adults old enough to know better. Between a vampire and a lady ("I think I can change him"), Narcissus and himself, women and their past...

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