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How to Be hap-hap-happy Like Me! Hardcover – October 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670853321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670853328
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,964,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In a wonderfully funny "how-to" satire on achieving happiness, humorist Markoe (What the Dogs Have Taught Me) skewers everything from cliche-ridden self-improvement classes to beauty salons that promise to transform their clients into "genetically perfect young models." In Markoe's view, Disney's fake historical replicas vie with cassette-guided tours of movie stars' homes in a "sleazy recreational activity sweepstakes." Readers will no doubt fall avidly upon their own favorite "how to be happy" suggestions, from Markoe's acerbic takeoffs on TV home-shopping programs to her send-ups of Girl Scout cookie drives. Don't miss her remarks on TV dating or her tale of having dinner with the popular romance writer and sexy book-jacket model Fabio.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Markoe (What The Dogs Have Taught Me, LJ 4/15/92), has absolutely no qualifications as a mental health expert, but that doesn't stop her from adding her own tome to the already oversaturated self-help market. She promises that her 33 "happiness hints," arranged like a day-by-day calendar, will help depressed readers become happier without leaving "the comfort and security of [their] own private hell." For Happiness Hint #1 ("Take the time to improve your knowledge of another period of history"), Markoe suggests an evening at a Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Restaurant, complete with beverage wenches and manservant waiters. Happiness Hint #33 ("Extend a social invitation to someone you've always been afraid to approach") means a romantic date with Fabio. While funny in snippets, Markoe's book, read all at once, begins to wear thin like a TV sketch that has gone on too long. For larger humor collections.
Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Merrill Markoe graduated from UC Berkeley with a masters degree in art, then went on to use her degree in the most pragmatic way possible by becoming a writer of comedy for assorted venues, including television, movies and magazines,(when there still were magazines.) Along the way she won five Emmys for Late Night with David Letterman and a Writer's Guild Award for HBO's Not Necessarily the News.These days she is STILL writing books and making short films. To learn more than you probably need to know about her, visit Merrillmarkoe.com. And when I say "her", I mean "me." As far as I can tell, I'm the only one writing this.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Merrill Markoe shows why she was chosen to be the head writer for Late Night with David Letterman in this irreverant and often laugh out loud collection of satirical essays. Brilliant in its commentary on life in the 90's, How to Be Hap-Hap-Happy Like Me takes a refreshing look at the seemingly mundane experiences that all of us share. The book is tightly woven, easy to read and completely hilarious.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katelyn on April 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
I did not actually read this book, but listened to it in audio-book format during a drive to D.C. I enjoyed it so much, I listened to it again soon after. Markoe delivers laugh-out-loud commentary while still being smart, articulate and witty. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates the finer (annoying) things in life. Markoe narrates the audio-book, which gives you an even better feel for Markoe's personality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurie J. Jensen on January 25, 2011
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Funny...esp about the part about trying to pay back dinner invitations. Dog lovers esp will love it. "Walking five dogs is like water skiing behind the Space Shuttle"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clarereads on March 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Do you want to learn how to make big money in a safe legal profession that will never leave you bored?" With a sentence like that, is it any wonder I enjoy Merrill Markoe's (enhanced) description of her life?

Markoe takes scenes from her own life- job hunting, dog walking, dating, sex, interior designers, television, parents, and then enhances them to the outrageous with laughable results. Her insecurity about everyday life is delightful, causing her ridiculous optimism or resulting in her rush to instantly improve her life by embracing the next best thing to come along.

"QUESTION: How many times should you allow a guy to slam your head into the wall behind your bed before your officially declare it "bad sex" and attempt to abort the proceedings? ANSWER: Two. The first time, it is still possible it was only an accident.

Her take on conversations with her dogs should be required reading at any pet training session. Given that this book is a collection of her columns, the writing still felt choppy and out of sequence. I did also feel this book was very dated.

"For example, the other night it began to occur to me that I seem to be the only semineurotic woman in America who was never an incest victim - or that maybe I really am and the horrifying flashbacks just haven't come to me yet. At least that's what the 250,000 different incest victims that I've seen interviewed on Oprah, Phil, Geraldo, Sally Jessy, "Hard Copy," "Inside Edition," "A Current Affair," "60 Minutes," "20/20," and "MTV's House of Style" all said. And if it does turn out that I am the only remaining person in America who never had sex with her father, what does that say about me? What am I, chopped liver?"

Easy to read a chapter at a time but not Markoe's best.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lulu Magoo VINE VOICE on June 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
Merrill Markoe is a very funny author - but I do not recommend this book. It's like "Merrill Light" very watered down and never fills you up. Try one of her other books instead - or find this at your local library.
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