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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061646628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061646621
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book tells how to ‘dump ‘em’—politely. Jodyne Speyer’s engaging real-life stories emphasize the importance of being respectful when breaking ties. Her steps include ways to be fair and appreciative-no matter what. Readers will learn to handle those awkward farewells with consideration and tact.” (Peggy Post, director of The Emily Post Institute and author of Emily Post's Etiquette, 17th Edition, and "Excuse Me, But I Was Next . . .")

“Dump ‘Em is not just funny, it’s practical. Jodyne Speyer has figured out a way to sever the ties that so many of us would rather miserably live with forever.” (Sarah Silverman, Comedienne)

“Jodyne Speyer’s Dump ‘Em is surprising, practical and funny. Or would be had it not reminded me of the wonderful time Jodyne and I had together before, well, the dumping.” (Jon Hamm, actor on Mad Men)

“This book is so funny and smart and savvy I dumped my wife! And I love my wife. I might have blown it.” (Greg Behrendt, Author of He's Just Not That Into You)

“A funny and practical guide to getting the people in your life out of your life.” (Jimmy Kimmel, Talk Show Host Jimmy Kimmel Live)

“Dump ‘Em is my guidebook to getting rid of people.” (Fran Drescher, Actress)

“Interweaving personal stories, practical tools, and scripts, TV writer Speyer assists readers in divesting themselves of bad relationships, romantic, familial, and otherwise.... The book tackles a difficult subject in a humorous, practical, and helpful manner. Highly recommended.” (Library Journal)

“In this guide to confrontation for doormats everywhere, author and self-proclaimed avoidant Jodyne Speyer provides a step-by-step manual on the etiquette of ending things with just about anyone.... Speyer’s natural comic ease, makes this a breezily informative read.” (Time magazine)

“Dump ‘Em is the non-confrontationalist’s dream. With her easy-to-follow scripts and step-by-step plans, Jodyne Speyer provides a clear roadmap for ending even the most difficult relationships.” (Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason)

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Dump 'Em is not just funny, it's practical. Jodyne Speyer has figured out a way to sever the ties that so many of us would rather miserably live with forever. -- Sarah Silverman, comedienne

More About the Author

Jodyne L. Speyer is the author of the book, Dump 'Em: How To Break Up With Anyone From Your Best Friend to Your Hairdresser, featured on The View, Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, The Bonnie Hunt Show, The Early Show, as well as hundreds of other local TV and radio stations worldwide. She has helped thousands of people speak up for themselves to get what they want by being direct and honest in how they communicate. Jodyne empowers men and women alike through her one-on-one and group coaching, as well as her lectures and seminars. She's also a contributor to The Huffington Post.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. Caplan on March 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
For years I've avoided breaking up with people in my life when the relationship didn't work anymore, whether it was a not-so-good friend or my therapist that spent more time taking about herself than about me. It's uncomfortable and somehow I always ended up chickening out at the last minute and then kicking myself afterwards! "Dump 'Em" not only showed me the best way to finally make the break using really practical and easy to stick to guidelines, but it had me laughing the whole way through! If you know anyone that has trouble with confrontation then you have to buy them this book... they'll thank you for it!! And thanks Jodyne for writing such a fantastic, funny, and helpful book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on March 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
I heard about this on the View and was so curious about it. I found it at the bookstore and started to flip through it and then found myself unable to put it down. Not only is it funny and real but useful and down-right
spot-on. Its a great book and its great to give as gifts thats why I bought a few online.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Green on March 24, 2009
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Jodyne Speyer is the Break Up GURU. And I just became a follower. DUMP 'EM is wittingly informative & a great read. I'm about to dump my cleaning lady now, and frankly I think she will be happy. It's been 6 years of broken household items, and not so clean - cleaning. Not until I read DUMP 'EM did I realize I could do this. Thank you, Jodyne Speyer for breaking it down for us.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Freddy22 on May 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
After seeing this book on the View, I went to Jodyne's website: [...] read some reviews, and decided I HAD to get this book. I'm 22 and at the age where I am tired of dramatic friendships that are going nowhere, and reading Jodyne's advice on how to sever ties with friends was motivating and unbelievably helpful. I was able to Dump a friend kindly and make her see that we weren't right for eachother in the friendship sense, and I couldn't have done it without the help of Dump 'Em. THANK YOU JODYNE! I am recommending this book to all my friends and family who are looking for a hilarious read that is also sensitive, warm, and outstandingly useful. Buy it, you will not be disappointed. Also, whoever that guy is that compared Jodyne to a turd is an idiot. There is no way you could at all dislike this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 23, 2009
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I love that Jodyne is a regular gal. She really tells experiences that we've ALL been through at one point or another. It really makes me think about some of my past situations and whether I handled them with enough finesse or not! I like the fact she gives you the -what I'd like to call the wish list of excuses we COULD use, but really gives some good solid points in how to deal with others.

The comedy relief in this book is well needed, and helps us know that we're not alone dealing with some of these situations! She calls herself a "recovering avoidant", and honestly... ya... i'm still in the avoidant stage! lol
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beth Ann O'Hara on March 24, 2009
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What a hoot! This is a book that's so much fun to read- it's chock full of hilarious anecdotes about the pitfalls of trying to rid oneself of a boring friend, inept hairdresser or even annoying family member. However, besides the humor, Jodyne Speyer has done her homework, and done it well! She researched the best ways to "dump" with grace and good common sense, interviewing potential dumpees such as hairdressers, to find out how they would prefer to be dismissed, while maintaining some dignity and good will. A must read for anyone who wants to live a less angst-ridden existence without the inevitable guilt after having to dismiss a person who has become uncomfortably entwined in his or her life. What a great idea this is. Thank you, Ms. Speyer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Paskow on March 24, 2009
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I love this book for so many reasons. For starters, Jodyne Speyer is probably one of the funniest writers I have ever read. Her hilarious voice gives the reader concrete advice on how to break up with people from a friend to their hair dresser. I needed this book years ago and am so happy Ms. Speyer decided to take on the subject of breaking up in such a unique way. I've already bought several of my friends their own copy. This way, I can just tell them to go read the book when they are calling me for advice. It's going to make my life so much easier. Thank you Jodyne Speyer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Beaton on March 24, 2009
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This book will not only entertain you, it will save you so much time and energy. First off, it's hysterical. We've all been in these situations and wish we'd handled ourselves differently. Well, now we have a guidebook to do just that. Jodyne says it right up front, there are dozens of books on how to break up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, but no one has taught us how to end relationships with a friend, a hairdresser, a housekeeper, etc. That is, until now. This book teaches healthy boundaries and keeps the reader wildly entertained at the same time. Buy this book. It also makes a great gift.
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