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How to Choose a Husband: And Make Peace With Marriage [Hardcover]

by Suzanne Venker
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Book Description

February 5, 2013 1936488582 978-1936488582 1st
It's been forty years since the sexual revolution, and the women of America have everything they want. Everything, that is, except a husband. Women may be schooled in the art of sex, but they have failed in the art of love.

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About the Author

A former teacher-turned-social critic, Suzanne Venker is an author and speaker on politics, marriage, parenting, and the culture. A well-known commentator on cultural issues, Suzanne has appeared on ABC, CNN, FOX, Huff-Po Live and C-Span--as well as hundreds of radio shows throughout the country, including the Laura Ingraham Show. How to Choose a Husband is her third book.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 145 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books; 1st edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936488582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936488582
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SUZANNE VENKER is a Fox News contributor and the author of three books on marriage, motherhood, and the intersection of work and family. She is also the author of The War on Men, an eBook published on the heels of a Fox article (of the same name) that went viral in November 2012.

Known primarily as a feminist contrarian, Suzanne has written about women's and men's issues for various publications, including the New York Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Blaze, and Politix. She has been interviewed extensively by media, including Dr. James Dobson and Rush Limbaugh.

Suzanne has appeared on The View, Fox & Friends,, CNN, C-Span, and Australian television--as well as hundreds of radio shows throughout the country, including the Laura Ingraham show. Suzanne can also be heard every Thursday afternoon on The John Gibson Radio Show.

More recently, Suzanne founded Women for Men (along with Dr. Helen Smith and Christina Hoff Sommers), a news and opinion website devoted to improving gender relations and providing much-needed support for the American male.

Suzanne and her husband live in St. Louis, MO, with their two school-age children.

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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fathers of girls should read this book March 8, 2013
This is an exceptionally wise book. I am not part of the target audience (I'm a man who has been married for 25+ years), but my daughters are, and I want them to read it. There is much about marriage that you simply can't understand until you've been married for a number of years, and young readers should take Suzanne Venker's word for a few things. If you do, you'll save yourself some heartache.

The reviewers who call her an angry anti-feminist either haven't read the book or are freighted down with a terrible load of baggage. As my Ivy League wife will tell you, most of the anger is on the feminst side of the divide.

Venker is a gifted writer. "How to Choose a Husband" is lively and engaging but very serious.

Parents of girls ought to read this book--particularly fathers, since we are often unaware of the life-wrecking foolishness that is in the air our daughters breathe. Then read "On the Meaning of Sex" by J. Budziszewski. Those two books say it all.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different book on marriage March 7, 2013
Feminism changed the way women felt about marriage. Women started putting off marriage. They believed the lie that women were better off relying on themselves and not depending on men. The problem is that women discover, often too late, that being single isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Suzanne Venker's bold new book, "How to Choose a Husband and Make Peace with Marriage", dispels the myth that women are better off without men. In spite of the title, this book is not a guidebook in finding a spouse. It's not going to show you where to go find a man who will put a ring on your finger. The purpose of Venker's book is to change the way you think about marriage because you can't find the right person if you can't be the right person.

If you are a young, single female and you've fallen for the lie that feminism has perpetuated, then reading this book will either offend you or change you. You will either walk away with your heels firmly dug in or you will decide that maybe waiting until your 30s or 40s to get married may not be such a good idea.

If you are older and have been married for awhile, you may still hold some feminist attitudes that have affected your marriage in a detrimental way. By following the 12-step plan Venker lays out in her book, you may find a happier marriage waiting for you.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from PR By the Book as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommendable! April 3, 2013
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Many interesting points and worth reading - also for those over the age of 35 :-). Family is worth fighting for!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good February 28, 2013
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I have enjoyed reading this as my eye caught the title of picking a husband or how to..I have gotten some insights into what really a woman should be looking for in a man.
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46 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars on the money February 12, 2013
By visamej
Venker is right.

I used to be a militant feminist. I used to be very lonely. I used to be at war with my body. I wanted to be a mother desperately, but much less so a wife. I felt so much pressure from society to do well in my career, but nobody ever taught me or told me the truth about my body, my fertility. Even my mother expected me to focus on my career and my career alone- nevermind how to attract a good man, nevermind how to be a good mother, nevermind how to accomplish those things that I really wanted in life: a family.
What's wrong with masculinity these days is that we aren't teaching men to be good men, and we're not demanding that they be good men. "How to Choose a Husband" is incredibly helpful, I wish I had had it 8 years ago. Good men are vital to the health of our children. Good men are vital to the health of women. Let's start rewarding good men more.

The only way to end misogyny is to end misandry.

Like Venker, I have learned to invite the spirit of masculinity into my life, respect the good things it brings like technology, focus, problem-solving, and protection.. and my life is soo much better because of it.

Congratulations to the woman who buys and reads this book on the journey to a strong marriage, happy family and kids.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great read April 17, 2013
By Berry
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I liked this book because of the information that it has to show how women have changed and how much influence it makes to everyone. I am not a feminist, not even close but I bought the book because I wanted to see the information. It really is an eye opener. I don't think I would recommend it to someone who is going to choose a husband but to someone who wants to become a better woman so that she could be a good wife. It did open my eyes to how feminist most of my family is. it is a great read. i couldn't put it down because it was so interesting.
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249 of 361 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feminism is scary! February 6, 2013
Thank goodness this book came out so I no longer have to be confused! I was having a really difficult time being an independent twenty-seven year old, unmarried, childless woman pursuing a career and higher education. Now I know that I was just brainwashed by society! This frees me from all of my responsibilities! I no longer have to waste my time and energy on rational thought or concern myself with securing a financial future: I can just throw all of my girly energy into finding a man who will worry his big strong mind about those difficult details and leave me free to enjoy my dolls, play dress up, and daydream about being a princess (if I dream hard enough, it may come true!!).

So frustrating that my parents brought me up believing I could be anything I wanted to be! I wasted *so much* of my time believing I could challenge myself outside of the home through study and work experience. I would be so much happier right now if I had just listened to my pretty pink little girl heart and stayed home to iron, fold laundry, and to do the thing I love to do most, cook dinners. I've been lying to myself. All of the fun and learning in my twenties has blocked out the tick-tock of my biological clock. But I hear it now! Loud and clear! Time to find a man and pop out some babies. My daughters will NEVER make this mistake and waste so much precious baby-making, family-having time! Gotta put this uterus to work before it shrivels up.

Life changing read. Now if only I could find a book about how to pick out the perfect apron/smart heels outfit combination so I can look beautiful while slaving over the oven and chasing the kiddos around. Don't want my future hubby to get bored with me and start having an affair with the typist!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy!
This hardbound book arrived in perfect condition. The packaging was well done. I am thoroughly enjoying the book and have even joined the author's blog.
Published 7 months ago by Ronda Marilyn Wohl
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this a joke?
I couldn't even get through the first twenty pages. This book is complete and utter bull***t. PLEASE don't take this book seriously. Read more
Published 9 months ago by hoop0542
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading, Reactionary but also Deeply Trite
This is SUCH a bad book, it almost fascinated, like watching a car crash by the side of the road. You want to turn away, but can't.

The title is completely misleading. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Miss Otis
3.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking statement
Alot of good content. I thought style is a bit extreme,and her case is made pretty bluntly. I largely agree with the thrust of what she is saying
Published 11 months ago by John Coull
1.0 out of 5 stars "Crapola personified"
"Today's women are enlightened! They're men's equals...What a load of crap. Every stinkin' last bit of it. Crap, crap, and more crap. Crapola personified. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sadie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Practical Advice For Any Adult Interested in Developing a...
It was by accident that I saw the Suzanne Venker piece on called "The War on Men" which was pretty much on target. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Anthony J. Parrino
5.0 out of 5 stars Home Truths
I will preface this by saying I am a fan of Suzanne Venker. I read The Flipside of Feminism a while ago and agreed with most of that work. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Angrygreycatreads
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all young girls
I think that this should be read be all girls in their late teens and early 20's. There is so much sense it this book. It is time to return to the basics.
Published 13 months ago by L. D. Penrose
4.0 out of 5 stars This is for SOME NOT OTHERS!
I must say it concerns me all the negative reviews. This book really is for certain women and not others. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Natalie Braxton
3.0 out of 5 stars A Thoughtful Gift
This was given as a gift to a single mother. She said that appreciated it, but I have not read it.
Published 13 months ago by Occasional Buyer
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Conservative - one-size-fits-all
Because there are quotes credited to me in the book, of course I've read it. It's entertaining to see the funded reviews from people that have not read the book. Suzanne Venker and I have our disagreements, but I respect that she has written a book that is a challenge to her own previously held... Read more
Feb 19, 2013 by Sam Botta |  See all 8 posts
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