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A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend: For Every Guy Who Wants to be One/For Every Girl Who Wants to Build One Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 23, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (January 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401302912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401302917
  • ASIN: B000YFE8CC
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Felicity Huffman won an Emmy in 2005 for her portrayal of Lynette Scavo on TV's hit series Desperate Housewives. She also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in the same role. Her next film, Transamerica, will be released in theaters in early 2006, and her performance won her the Best Actress Award at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. Huffman has appeared in a number of feature films, television shows, and plays. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, actor/director William H. Macy and their two daughters. Patricia Wolff is a producer of both movies and plays. Wolff produced the world premiere of Mamet's play Oleanna off-Broadway as well as the film adaptation, and co-produced the movie Bring It On starring Kirsten Dunst and is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company. Patricia lives in Los Angeles with her son, Jack, and is an associate producer with Center Theatre Group.

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Does it take a Desperate Housewife (Huffman) and a theatrical producer (Wolff) to save potential and current boyfriends from themselves? Perhaps. In this blunt and funny primer for clueless males, narrator Shelley Frasier delivers the sometimes bawdy, irreverent, and even gross content without a hitch. The work is intended mostly for the All-American male--one who wouldnt touch chardonnay or quiche, who is basically incapable of a trace of suaveness or intellectualism, and who is stuck in a post-frat-house mentality. Still, there are some truths that every male can use in his relationships, though feminists may cringe at the traditional gender positioning the authors assume. But if one takes it in the spirit intended, this handbook is a fun romp through meat-and-potatoes American love. D.J.B. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Really good Really funny.....
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It's like having the cool girl friend who will actually break it all down for you.
Crybabyclown
I bought this book as a valentines day joke gift for my boyfriend.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Crybabyclown on January 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What an excellent, funny book. An ireverent, tell all from the other side. It's like having the cool girl friend who will actually break it all down for you. They explain the women's point of view and help you navigate the mystifying obstacles that you inevitably confront when you meet someone worth stepping up for. They don't pull any punches when venting about what men get clueless about, and they don't hold back when busting women on their bad behavior either. Rock on, Felicity and Patricia, we owe you one.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By K. Hinton VINE VOICE on February 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend will be for straight men what He's Just Not That Into You was for straight women--an all-around go-to guide that walks men through relationships from Step A to Step Z and covers everything you can imagine in between. It also doesn't hurt that it's hilarious, well written, and has a conversational style that makes you feel like you're taking advice from a friend rather than another self-help book that claims it will help you find true love.

From a woman's point of view, this book covers everything that you'd hope men would know but probably don't--and might have been afraid to ask. Huffman and Wolff remind men of the importance of little things: you should stand up when your date returns to the table, you should call when you say you will (because we've already learned that men who don't call when they say they will are "just not that into us"), and we do like to talk so be prepared to listen. There are also useful quick tips for men in the "Be Prepared" callouts which give advice like "Love her body the way you found it, or find a body that you can love up."

This book has tons of useful advice for men, but there are also many tidbits spliced throughout for women in the form of "Girl on Girl" callouts. For example, men go into a vegetative state when they're watching television; if you want to get his attention, turn off the tv, take off your clothes, or both. Also, men don't like the phone as much as us, so you have to learn to accept that once the essential details are out (where you're meeting and when) he's probably done with the conversation.

For men and women both, A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend will be a useful go-to guide on dating, mating, and extricating. From the first date to breaking up to the last relationship you'll have (ie, marriage), Huffman and Worth have got it covered with wit and style.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Kruse on May 6, 2007
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I left this book laying in the bathroom and now all of a sudden I'm getting flowers and champagne from my husband. He obviously was reading some of it. He started dressing nicer for me instead of the work clothes all the time and he makes a point to take me out on dates. I found the book humerous and worth reading for myself just to laugh at how nuts we women are. My husband started reading it because it was mysteriously the only new material to read in the bathroom :). It was truly worth buying.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susie on March 14, 2007
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If you want a clue about your girlfriend, guys, read this book. Too many books for guys are about meeting women, this one is about what to do when you've met one. It tells you why we do things that we do and how to work with it, even if you don't want to. You NEED to, guys. It does a nice job of comprimising between working with your girlfriend and keeping your manliness. It also has some advice for we women. I also recommend "God is a Woman: Dating Disasters," which I read after seeing a review about it on this page. It lived up to its hype.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KP on March 8, 2007
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I marked nine passages in the book and gave it to my husband for Valentine's Day and changes are beginning to happen...For the first time in 20 years he actually gave me a compliment when I returned home after getting my hair cut! This past weekend he accompanied me to the theater. He's all about football so that was HUGE!

The book is a bargain at twice the price!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lulu on May 17, 2007
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Want to know what women talk about when you're not around, guys, and how we think? Why we act crazy sometimes or fish for compliments? How to deal with it all without going crazy or getting stuck in a fight? Or worse, on the couch? Read this book. It has lots of truth and some really good tips for things like how to pretend to be hearing us while you're really watching that all-imporant playoff game, so that we don't turn the TV off and ruin everything by choosing just then to talk about our feelings. It's also funnier than most chick lit. Also pickup a copy of God Is a Woman: Dating Disasters, which is right on.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RML7881 on March 9, 2007
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I bought this book as a valentines day joke gift for my boyfriend. I got in a few days before V-day and read through it cause I had a free night. Let me tell you it was absolutely hysterical and SO true. It is brutally honest, hilarious and actually helpful. I still wasn't sure what my boyfriend would think or if he would ever actually read it. When I gave it to him we read the first two chapters together and he was cracking up. It sits on my coffee table and everytime he is over he is skimming through it. And we read it together which is nice cause it's something to do, we get to laugh together and it is actually slightly helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Engebrecht on May 5, 2011
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I bought this book for my boyfriend with the intention of personalizing the content, which means I read through the entire book and wrote commentary in the margins so my bf could gain the most useful information relevant to our situation. This was actually a really good idea and helped the two of us talk about some issues that don't come up in everyday conversations. Although the authors generalized a little too much in areas, this information was spot on and delivered with clean humor.
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