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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st Da Capo Press Ed edition (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738210277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738210278
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A hilarious, shoot-from-the-hip take on what to expect pre- and post-partum." -- Life6/17/05

"Funny, true and often times racy, Crider's book is refreshing...first-time dads will learn plenty." -- Colorado ParentJune, 2005

"Funny, true, and often times racy, Crider's book is refreshing...first-time dads will learn plenty." -- Boston Parents Paper 6/1/05

"Funny... this book is just what the doctor ordered." -- Newsday 10/10/05

"Lighthearted and humorous.... A great shower present for a dad-to-be." -- Boston Globe 9/18/05

"This book will grab you and not let you go-a must read. The perfect gift for Father's Day." -- Nashville City Paper 6/1/05

"This guide proves that without much sleep, the author kept his sense of humor." -- The Detroit News 9/20/2005

"Wry, insightful and hilarious...Crider relates the highs and lows of what is ultimately a mind-blowing transformation into fatherhood." -- Nashville Parent July, 2005

"[An] amusing, sometimes unpredictable take on new parenthood." -- CNN.com6/24/05

About the Author

Michael Crider is the author of The Guy’s Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the First Year of Fatherhood, and The Guy’s Guide to Dating, Getting Hitched, and Surviving the First Year of Marriage. He lives in Tennessee with his wife and son.

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Very easy read.
k mills
If you are looking for an informational, helpful guide, this is not the book for you.
spicey
My husband was given this book as a gift.
Rachel Ferrell

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66 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A. Demirdjian on March 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is exactly what the author claims it to be: the story of a man who never wanted to be a father and to whom this seems to have happened accidentally. Until then, we're ok. Soon we realize that the author has no or very little education on pregnancy, child education or any sort of academic background granting him the right to claim providing fathers-to-be with a "surviving guide".

In reality, the macho and insensitive approach to the book makes one feel that pregnancy is a burden and that, whatever you do as a father-to-be, just do the bare minimum to survive and hope for the best.

I guess in this day and age, everyone believes they have a right to express themselves and publish a book. In our capitalist mind, it's OK, but all this book is doing is taking space on a shelf in some bookstore.

I strongly disadvise reading this if you want to learn anything about how to help your partner, wife or girlfriend to get through pregnancy. And mostly, I strongly disadvise reading this book if you want tips on how to deal with your new role and responsibilities as a father.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mike P. on June 26, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
While I understand that this book will appeal to some types, please read this title carefully. The author is merely trying to survive pregnancy.

I bought this book for my husband as a father's day gift as a new dad to be. He was disgusted with the tone of the author immediately and the "humor" throughout the book. It was clear that the author came from a very different lifestyle than ours and I was sorry for not reading the reviews more carefully before my purchase.

I understand where the author is coming from. I've known men like him and he's exactly the kind of man that we would never take parenting advice from. In fact the author himself says that the only thing that he has to offer is the advice to take no parenting advice from anyone. I am sorry that I made the purchase and certainly will never recommend this book to anyone else. I will try to find someone to give it to who might enjoy it more, but most likely it will be thrown away.
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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful By L. ROSE on March 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
My husband was given this book as a gift when I first got pregnant. Don't be deceived by the title: this book is not informative at all. It is merely a collection of stories about how the author reacted to his wifes pregnancy. It is self-indulgent crap. Crider's writing style tries to be cheeky but just comes off obnoxious. He probably hangs out with a lot of people that say "git 'er done". If that's sounds like you, by all means go for it.

I think the title is very misleading. For those looking for a humorous, practical, and informative book to help a nervous new or future dad they know, check out the book "Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for Dads." My husband and I both liked that one and thought this "crider guide" thing was worthless trash.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CHRISTOPHER J SHEPHERD on January 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
Most of the people who rated this book so negatively are "soft" types that can't handle a crude joke every now and then. Luckily being a 13 year Navy sailor, I can. For one, thank god I didn't pay for this hunk of crap; this book is an endless stream of "high school" type jokes that the author has to continuously point out "just kidding". This book is the equivalent of a buddy sitting down and telling me a few witty stories about his wife and his ordeal going through their pregnancy. I learned a few things from the book but I was expecting something informative and genuinely funny from a funny person. Once I am totally complete with this book I will set it aflame so no others can be disappointed as I was...pass this one up.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Warren P. Bullock on September 16, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
Before I wrote my own review, I was reading through the other reviews and noticed that they were EXTREMELY polarized. For the most part people either loved it or hated it. I can explain this. This book is very obviously, from the time you pick it up, not intended to be a serious guide on how to deal with pregnancy. If you're looking for a pregnancy text book, this is not for you. If you're looking for a great read with some good sarcastic smart a$$ humor that also has some very real insight into pregnancy from a guy's perspective, then this is a great book. We didn't buy this before our first pregnancy, but we picked it up as we were expecting our second. Having been through it all once before, this book pretty much nails things on the head in a very light hearted and readable manner (which is very important for me, as I have ADD when it comes to reading). If you're an expectant mother you might want to share some information from the text book you're probably reading with your husband too; but, I promise he will get much more that he can relate to and will be much more interested in this book. I highly recommend it, but you have to have a good sense of humor and not be too "anal" to appreciate it.

We actually liked it so much that we bought three additional copies and gave them as gifts to other couples who were expecting.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Al Whittington on March 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
First...this book is for the guys...not the wives...sorry, but its true...the author wrote a book for guys who just found out they are going to be fathers that haven't picked up a book in years and just want a glimpse of what is coming..for me, it was a gateway drug to read on and get more informed. It was fun to read a couple quotes to my wife, but its a guys book and and just like the locker room and Vegas, you keep it to yourself unless it is pertinent to the situation.

Second....for all the wives, you have to understand, as a soon to be dad, we are just as scared as you sometimes, and REFUSE to let anyone know it. so let your man read the book, have his laughs and learn a little. Then go buy him a copy ofWhat to Expect When You're Expecting (Revised Edition) he'll laugh some more, learn a little more and he'll probably start to ask questions, which is going to help both of you through the pregnancy.

Finally...for all the haters of this book, sorry you don't get the joke, and I'm sorry you can't laugh at the little things in life sometimes, you must be sad a lot. Enjoy the read guys, it goes quick.
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