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From Publishers Weekly

Allen is best known as the lead actor in the TV comedy series Home Improvement. Here his approach is mostly humorous with a few serious essays. It quickly becomes clear that he honed his talents in venues frequented by the 18-30 age cohort, for he concentrates on the differences between men and women in such areas as sex, clothes, hobbies, friends and reactions to the environment. Some of the selections are entertaining, like the one about changing his original surname, Dick. Others, like "More Power," about tools, are markedly less so. The humor is a strange amalgam of the callow and the sophisticated and the result is only intermittently funny, and then only mildly so. 500,000 first printing; first serial to TV Guide and Playboy.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This is another differences-between-the-sexes-har-har book, and we can't get enough of those, can we? Its advantage vis-{…}a-vis the others is that it is written by Allen more or less in the persona of his character in the TV sitcom, Home Improvement. Unfortunately, it is to a large degree an extended routine that Allen does very well but that features nothing new or really insightful. Such an Allen insight as "It's a man's place to pretend something doesn't hurt" typifies the tenor here, as does the extremely brief chapter "The Secrets Men Never Tell Women," which consists of a single throwaway punch line. As comedy, this has the disadvantage of being static and scripted; as literature, the disadvantage of covering familiar territory familiarly. Oh, it's still funny but probably considerably more so to fans of Allen and his popular TV show than to other readers. Mike Tribby
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1st edition (October 7, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786861347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786861347
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By hikingShoe on February 8, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked this book out knowing it was going to be great. I have seen one of his stand up acts on video and I knew what to expect. The first couple chapters are pretty much about how much he thought about sex when he was younger. That can really turn a reader off, unless you really wanted to know about that. This sticks out in my mind because it's full of some of his sexual experiences. The book is set up as like a stand up act, little short stories of life's lessons and things that just stick out in his mind. I got over the sexual humor and was able to enjoy this book thouroghly.
If you buy this book because you think you like Tim Allen on Home Improvement, you may think twice. This is a totally different kind of humor. Home Improvement is a family show with jokes that can apply to all ages. But books are uncensored, and this one you could say, took advantage of that. But don't let this scare you, it is full of some great jokes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W. Johns VINE VOICE on August 8, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Here's another book that clearly is an attempt to take advantage of the success of a television show. I enjoy Tim Allen's humor and thought his show was pretty good, and was expecting more of the same in this book. There is a lot of very funny material in this book, and I frequently laughed out loud. I especially enjoyed the chapter entitled "The Secrets Men Never Tell Women" (no, I'm not going to tell--you'll have to read the book!). Surprisingly, though, Tim Allen also reveals a philosophical side here as well. Parts of this book are quite thoughtful and reflective, and show a surprising depth. I definitely can relate to much of the material in the chapter on fatherhood. This is a fun book that also provides a little food for thought.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Walter R. Moss on July 10, 2002
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I first saw Tim Allen on Home Improvement and thought he was great. Then I saw every movie he was in and they were great. I, unfortunately, have not had the chance to see his stand up acts (although i hope to shortly). I bought this book with a little hesitation because of the title. But once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. This book is very frank on his early sexual experiences. (I personally liked the part of the poster). I would not recommend it to the child fan of his tv show because the jokes are either too vulgar for little kids or they may not get them the way they were intended. Anyone else that enjoys uncut humor should buy this book. I guarantee you that you will not regret the decision.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Besides the humour, the thing that stood out in this book is Tim's unpretentious and honest style of writing. Tims candidly reveals his flaws, without bothering to window dress them with flimsy excuses. The first chapter on page 5 sets the tone for the entire book: Tim acknowledges he is hitherto not known for his writing. He is grateful to his readers for trusting him enough to take a chance by buying his book. He therefore trusts them in return and reveals the kind of stuff that one would only share with one's best friend. And then maybe not. There are enough chuckles to keep the book light and interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Finally a book that wasn't about the O.J. Simpson case. It's great to get away from it all and relax as you read about Tim Allen's Life. This book has everything; wit, humor, charm, and even a little romance (read the book and you'll know what I mean.) I totally recomend this book for anyone who is a fan, or anyone who is curious about what led to Tim's arrest, and what it was like in the "Big House". As a correctional officer I can honestly say he's pretty dead on. So Don't delay and buy it from amazon.com right now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By buddy.goynes@kvaerner.com on September 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is an entertaining book, but obviously from a first-time writer. Tim runs thru his usual stand-up gambit of humor from childhood to adulthood, which, by-the-way I hope he never reaches. Light, easy reading, with some insight into Tim's childhood and the loss of his father. It also contains some references to childhood behavior that are a refreshing touch of the past if you are in this age bracket.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Hermit on April 21, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tim Allen is a very bright, articulate, funny guy, and it comes through in this book. Also, to his credit, he has a genuine honesty to him, and it seems this honesty, at times, makes him vulnerable. In "Don't Stand...," he lays it all out there, for all to see. A lot of this material was incorporated into his early stand-up comedy, and ultimately his TV show, but in this book, the reader gets the pure, uncensored Tim; raunchy at times, sensitive at times, prim and proper at times, and often very funny.

The book is divided into chapters, as a matter of course, and these chapters are further broken down into little sections, separated by little pictures of tools, safety goggles, and the like. These sections can be read individually, out of context, and they still come off as complete bits. The whole thing as a unit flows like a very long stand-up comedy act, with all the diversions and twists, turns, and tangents one would hear when watching stand-up comedy. But unfortunately, these sometimes don't translate into a book like they should, and this can make the reading a little difficult. To clarify, it is all plainly written, very high-quality text, despite the occasional baudy humor and coarse language, but it sometimes goes all over the map, like a conversation with a hyperactive person. Many times, it strays off-course, seeming like he is trying too hard to keep you on the floor laughing. But to his credit, even this stuff, at its worst, is comical. At best, it's clever, and downright funny. This is only my opinion, one other readers may disagree with. But still, the whole thing is very entertaining reading, well worth your time, if you want to devote however long it takes to sit through it.
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