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Merrill Markoe's Guide to Love Hardcover – February 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Pr; 1st edition (February 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871136635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871136633
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,861,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Merrill Markoe did the world a favor when she wrote her Guide to Love, providing insight on important issues such as "How to Turn a Man Into Putty in Your Hands" and under what conditions one wears horse hairs clipped to one's pubic curls. Covering pheromones to flirting, and with the inside dirt on a men's seduction course and a women's seminar on blow-jobs, Markoe exposes, as it were, the market that's sprung up to help the lovelorn.

From Publishers Weekly

Partly a spoof on guides to romantic relationships, Markoe's look at love and sex in the 1990s is often tiresome, sometimes wickedly funny and occasionally hilarious. Roughly one-third of the 21 selections appeared in New Woman. Writing with a keen sense of the ridiculous honed by her own checkered love life, Markoe, a columnist for Buzz and New Woman, offers witty takes on marriage, flirtation and screwed-up relationships. She exposes the inanity of much self-help advice as she reports on seminars and weekend retreats she's attended in the Los Angeles area on the art of seduction, the fine points of oral sex, finding one's soul mate and how to appeal to the opposite sex. She distills tongue-in-cheek lessons from Hollywood romantic movies and brings sharp feminist humor to her discussion of dating rituals and men's fixation with scoring and with body parts. But much of her counsel reads like a stand-up comic's scattershot monologue.
Copyright 1996 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Movahedpour on February 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
The always-witty Merrill Markoe tells it like it is in her search through the quagmire of love in the modern world. She attends a seminar on giving the ultimate fellatio; she sees a psychic, joins a dating club...all in search of the answers..., but getting to that conclusion is one of the wittiest, most sarcastic journeys you will ever take.
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By Swartzie on May 11, 2011
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I love Merrill Markoe and her zany relatable characters! I recommend reading "Walking in Circles Before Lying Down" before reading this book. It's shorter and will give you a good taste of what to expect with her characters in other books. This one is a really good comedic view. I love it!
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0 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. Pai on December 3, 2003
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this book will definitely entertain you. Buy a used copy and read it when you have absolutely nothing to do and then sell it back on amazon.com market place realizing that you could have made a better use of your time reading some other book.
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