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I Love You, Nice to Meet You: A Guy and a Girl Give the Lowdown on Coupling Up Paperback – June 12, 2007

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Knowing that bad dates make good stories, Gottlieb (Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self) and Bleyer, a writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, share a collection of "anecdates" in this he-said she-said guide to "coupling up" that has not infrequent flashes of true hilarity-a rarity among the ever swelling ranks of humorous dating guides. The authors, good friends who have never been an item ("not now, not then"), provide individual interpretations on the standard fare of relationship topics, but cleverly; chapter titles include "Venue Ask Her Out - Is 'location, location, location' the key to getting a second date?" and "I'll Show You Mine, If You Show Me How - Is there any civilized way to get naked with a new lover?" Insights such as "If you cry about anything less than the death of a mother...you're doomed," "Oprah is pornography for women" and "a week of uninterrupted physical presence isn't a sign of love. It's a stakeout," make Gottlieb and Bleyer's stiff shots of wisdom go down more like a fizzy summertime cocktail, helping to make the dating game, if not always fun, at least fun to read about.
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Review

"I laughed and then I laughed again…then my stomach hurt and I was glad I was married!"
--Greg Behrendt, New York Times bestselling author of He's Just Not That Into You
 
"The best new funny book about dating on Planet Earth, perhaps in the entire universe, and certainly in the Milky Way.  Even Tolstoy and God together couldn't write something as funny and cool and weird and wonderful as this."
--Molly Jong-Fast, author of Normal Girl and The Sex Doctors in the Basement
 
"Funny, affecting, blunt, and useful."
--Scott Simon, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday

"The funniest book about dating to date."
--Valerie Frankel, author of Hex and the Single Girl
 
"Sure, chivalry died.  But it got replaced by something much funnier-and luckily, Lori Gottlieb and Kevin Bleyer are here to describe it."
--Jenny Lyn Bader, coauthor of He Meant She Meant: The Definitive Male/Female Dictionary
 
"For lonely urban singles, here- finally- is a warm, witty companion to crawl into bed with at night.  The bad news is, it's a book.  The good news is, I Love You, Nice to Meet You is very funny, only costs a low one-time fee, and won't call you regularly at 1 A.M. 'just to say hi' (I forgot in which chapter, but it's covered).  Shake up a Cosmo for one and enjoy."
--Sandra Tsing Loh, author of A Year in Van Nuys 

 
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312340095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312340094
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,961,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author of four books, most recently Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough, a surprising look at what really matters for romantic happiness. A contributing editor for The Atlantic, Lori has also written for The New York Times, Time, People, Elle and Slate and has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, CNN, Entertainment Tonight, MSNBC, Oprah Radio, and NPR's "Talk of the Nation." Her writing explores the intersection of psychology and culture, ranging from her Atlantic cover, "How to Land Your Kid in Therapy: Why the Obsession with our Kids' Happiness May be Dooming Them to Unhappy Adulthoods" to her New York Times Magazine cover, "Does a More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex?" She also provides relationship and parenting consultations nationwide. Visit www.lorigottlieb.com and www.lorigottliebtherapy.com.

Customer Reviews

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on June 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the funniest book I've read in a long time -- I was actually laughing out loud and stopping to call friends and read portions of the book to them. But despite the hilarious observations of both authors (who say they aren't dating but I can't understand why not -- they're both incredibly witty and clever and seem to have a natural rapport), I actually found their insights to be valuable. They made me look at male/female relationships differently at times, which is saying something in this era of "He Said/She Said" books that just recycle stereotypical notions from popular culture. I LOVE YOU, NICE TO MEET YOU, on the other hand, is absolutely unique -- it's both memoir (of the authors' own dating experiences) and fresh cultural critique. It also has some poignant, tear-jerking stories that we can all relate to (especially in the parts about breaking up) and deals with topics we're all familiar with, but that nobody else seems to have written about, either in quite the same way, or at all.

Most of all, this book is wonderfully entertaining! Great to take to the beach or curl up with in bed at night. Read it alone, or share it with your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse. A GREAT read!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deb on September 10, 2007
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Funny, "I Love You, Nice to Meet You" are the same sentiments I had as soon as I read the first few pages of this book. Like a good date, this book is packed with wit, humor, irresistibility, and, charm. And, like a good relationship, this book offers heart-felt truths, wisdom, and insights if you're ready for them.

Kevin and Lori ("the guy and the girl") share their personal experiences, perspectives, and humor on "coupling up," falling down, and getting back up again. A he-said/she-said look at the anatomy of a relationship--from the first date to the "ex-sightings" (and all the rewarding, funny, annoying, and painful milestones in between)--this book offers both a fresh look and a guide book for coupling up without selling out. It seems quite obvious that every word the authors write reflects the experiences they've really encountered, survived, and learned (or are still learning) from.

If you're currently dating, pondering dating, sworn off dating (again), or, uh, just human, this book is likely to offer (so much) more than just a good time. Just like a good date...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane of all Trades on June 11, 2014
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I have such a crush for this book! It's a comedy filled dating book with very accurate information. I just looove it. This book was in excellent condition and I'm very happy with the purchase! I'll be back for more soon! Thanks!!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By GreatEagle on November 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found this book rather boring. The author's were trying so hard to be funny. This seems to be yet another book sucking the blood out of the dating stereotype out there.I think books like these create a bigger gap between men and women and confuse people further about dating. I bought this book thinking it would be something light and funny to read on a long flight, but I gritted my teeth all the way and finally re -read the chef menu on the aeroplane which I found more delightful.
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