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I'd Trade My Husband for a Housekeeper: Loving Your Marriage after the Baby Carriage Paperback – March 11, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (March 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811867358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811867351
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Trisha Ashworth has produced advertising for American Express, PepsiCo, and Levi Strauss & Co. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three children.

Amy Nobile has led public relations programs for Visa, FritoLay, and Webvan. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two children. The authors have been on Oprah, Today Show, 20/20, Rachel Ray, Early Show, Fox News and NPR.

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When I actually sat down to read the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Mom of Four Sons
If this book takes itself seriously, the amusing mock quizzes and the lame "Dirty Little Secrets" really detracted from the point.
J. Plummer
This is a well written, easy to read book with a bit of humor and some brutal honesty that I wish we were all capable of.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Nicki Heskin VINE VOICE on May 19, 2009
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To be honest, from the title and look of this book, it wasn't at all what I expected. I thought it was going to be in the genre of "mom-comedy" -- instead it is a somewhat amateur attempt at a self-help book for those having trouble in a marriage with children.

I found the book to be more flash than substance -- heavy cover and paper, heavy on the graphic design, and peppered with "dirty little secrets" and "quizzes." I found all of that to be pretty distracting. The quizzes were largely stupid - not really anything you'd EVER pull out a pencil and take (or if you did, that you'd find helpful). They were just somewhat poorly executed comic relief. The dirty little secrets were weird - not so much helpful in any way, but meant just to catch your attention in an "oh my" sort of way.

The actual helpful text was choppy, broken up with little stories and insets, and hard to get through because of it. Their writing style was actually not bad for the meaty stuff, so I'm not clear why they felt they needed to add in all this nonsense when it would have been a nice read without it.

That said, the info, while helpful I guess, was really nothing new. The authors don't appear to be therapists of any sort, but former advertising execs, who pulled together guidance from others along with some basic common sense.

Overall, I was disappointed in this book, although I liked their writing style enough to be interested in checking out their previous books. If you really want some lighthearted basic advice as a starting point, this might be for you. Maybe they'll be one or two points that resonate with you that can make a difference in your life. But I don't think this book is going to save a marriage, or anything close to it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AmazonLover VINE VOICE on May 27, 2009
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This book is an easy read and the authors write in an engaging way. However, I found little benefit from reading the book because it provides little to no solutions for the marital problems it discusses at length. In each new chapter a problem is discussed and you find yourself repeatedly saying, "Yea, we have experienced that" or "I have that problem, too" but by the time you reach the end of chapter you realize they provided almost no solutions to the problems.

A serious problem I have with this book are the "dirty little secrets" at the bottom of every other page or so. I feel the title for these should have been "ways to get a divorce fast." Almost every "secret" involves lying to your spouse in hopes you don't get caught. A few examples:

1.) If you don't want to deal with the kids tonight, work late and make your spouse deal with them until they get in bed and then come home.
2.) If your spouse is working late and you don't want to be intimate that night then get in bed early and pretend to be asleep when they get home.
3.) Keep a calendar of the times you are intimate so that if he complains about not getting it enough you have ammunition to prove him wrong.

I definitely would not recommend this book to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darena Shopz VINE VOICE on May 27, 2009
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I'd Trade My Husband for a Housekeeper is a book written by women for women who need to reconnect with their husbands after having kids.

The authors Trisha and Amy interviewed women and couples to get their views on marriage. The book has quotes from couples, dirty little secrets, and even things that husbands wish their wives knew.

It's an interesting, quick, easy read. It doesn't get that deep into marriage issues or answers but it does make some interesting points like 90% of your problems is not your marriage but your expectation of what your marriage should be.

It probably won't turn your marriage around but it may make a point or two that will help give you a better perspective of what's really going on in your marriage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HappyShopper on March 19, 2011
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Two advertising executives use their connections to publish hackneyed nonsense, create a buzz, and produce a best seller. In the end they advise the problem is not your marriage but your expectations. Unmitigated nonsense that could have been a 500 word editorial in Good Housekeeping. Don't waste your money or your time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mindy VINE VOICE on May 18, 2009
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When I saw this book, I thought it was perfect because I am now a first-time mom to a six month old baby boy. Although I am quite happy in my marriage, I have noticed that things are different once the baby came and I was curious to see what the authors had to say. After all, very early on in the book they admit that "This isn't a desperate housewives book. If you've just plain married the wrong person, there's not much this book can do for you. But if you think you've married the right person, and your marriage isn't all it could be, this is for you."

In essence, this book is a commiserate book in that the majority of it is basically saying "you're not alone. Other marriages are suffering too." There's plenty of "confessions" about how married life can go south when the baby comes. And that's all well and good. But keep in mind that neither of these authors are professional counselors, therapists, or psychologists. In fact, Trisha is in advertising and Amy is in public relations. Which kind of shows because it's a very visually appealing book. It's also easy to skim through because all the points are bulleted and bolded for you to see.

But I did find that it lacked meat. All the advice given are common sense advice, there was never any "A-ha!" moments for me. They state that there are four basic ingredients to a happy marriage and those are: 1) Happiness is something you make yourself 2) Realize you and your husband have different priorities 3) Have realistic expectations and 4) Forgive each other. That's the book in a nutshell minus all the stories and examples. There are also "quizzes" scattered throughout that are not really quizzes but checklists. Those really annoyed me most.

In summary, this book has its uses, however I don't think it's worth the buy.
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