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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (June 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812976193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812976199
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excerpt from Anita Liberty’s Blog:

Boyfriend and I are going away for the weekend. We’re going to Vermont. To a cabin. In the woods. Away from everything. And everybody. Just the two of us. No distractions or interruptions. It was his idea. Me? I live for distractions and interruptions. Lizzy asked me if I thought Boyfriend had planned this romantic weekend because he’s going to propose. I was like, “What? Propose? Are you crazy? We’ve only been together for a few months. I’m not going to get engaged after only a few months of knowing someone.” Lizzy said that she knew that I wouldn’t, but she didn’t know about him. So it got me thinking. I mean, he does talk a lot about our future together. He talks about things very far into the future. He acts like it’s a given. It does seem like he’s ready to take the next step, even if it seems quick. I’ve heard stories of people who “just knew.” I never thought I’d be one of those people, but maybe I’m about to go on a romantic weekend with one of those people.

Advice from Anita Liberty:

Be aware that sometimes well-meaning friends can unwittingly (or wittingly) plant a tiny thought in your brain that, finding your brain to be a fertile and hospitable environment, can germinate and sprout and take root and spread and grow and fluorish until you have no more room in your brain for any other thoughts. Especially rational ones.

Excerpt from Anita Liberty’s Blog:

We’re back. The first night we were there, we sat on the couch and drank red wine. We were staring deeply into each other’s eyes. There was a fire blazing, crickets chirping, the promise of a hot night of sex in front of us. Everything was perfect. All of a sudden, Boyfriend gets this look, like something has occurred to him. Like this moment is a special moment and he has something he wants to ask me. I swear. That was the look he gave me. So he looks at me meaningfully and tells me to wait on the couch, that he has to “get something.” He gets up and walks across the room to a trunk in the corner. My heart dropped into my stomach. My throat constricted. I’m thinking, “Oh my God, he’s getting a ring. How’d he get a ring into that trunk in the corner? He hasn’t been out of my sight since we got here. I even peed with the bathroom door open. Oh! I know. He Fedexed a ring to this place and had the owner hide it in this trunk so that he could retrieve it and propose. Now that I think about it, I’m quite certain that the owner gave Boyfriend a little conspiratorial wink when we checked in.” I was a little drunk at this point, so I’m trying desperately to separate out my immediate panicked reaction from my actual feelings and I’m finding it extremely difficult. I’m like, “Okay, I now have about thirty seconds to figure out what I’m going to say when he asks me to marry him. Do I want to marry him? Can I tell him it’s too soon and that we should get to know each other better? Will that hurt his feelings? Should I just say yes and see how that feels? Maybe it’s not too soon. Maybe we are meant to be together. If he knows, maybe I should trust that. Maybe I should trust him. That would be a novel concept.” Boyfriend closes the trunk. I’m shaking at this point, anticipating what’s to come. He turns to me, smiling. And he’s holding… a blanket. That’s right. A blanket. He sits down beside me and puts it cozily around us. He says, “That’s better. I knew there’d be one around here somewhere. Hey, you look really pale all of a sudden. Are you all right?” I gurgle, “Uh, yeah. Fine.” I am relieved. Oh, and strangely disappointed. (Or is it: I am disappointed. Oh, and strangely relieved.)

More About the Author

I am Anita Liberty. I am the author of THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE (YEP, THAT WOULD BE ME), HOW TO HEAL THE HURT BY HATING and HOW TO STAY BITTER THROUGH THE HAPPIEST TIMES OF YOUR LIFE. They are good books. They are funny. I'm a good writer. I am funny. (I'm working on my personal affirmations.) Oh and ALSO... I am Suzanne Weber and I wrote a book using that name called TO WHAT MISERABLE WRETCHES HAVE I BEEN BORN? Revenge Poetry for Babies and Toddlers. It's good and funny, too. I'm committed to practicing self-love in 2014.

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So buy this book, you'll laugh, you'll snigger, you'll scare wholesome moms everywhere.
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I couldn't put the book down, I just had to know everything right away.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carl Skutsch on June 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
If a book of poetry can have a sequel, How To Stay Bitter is the sequel to the lovely and nasty How to Heal the Hurt by Hating. And a freaking fantastic sequel it is.

Anita's poems chart the saga of her life. Well, really they chart life's inanities that surround us all with poems that eviscerate idiocy with a zen master's delicate touch.

Stay Bitter has prose poems that nail Hollywood, cute little dogs, and one short poem on Anita's sexual fantasies that had me sniggering nastily and loudly while I read it in a playground full of sweet little tykes (getting me a lot of dirty looks from moms all around). There's even some poems about what happens when (horrors!) a bitter girl meets an actually nice guy.

So buy this book, you'll laugh, you'll snigger, you'll scare wholesome moms everywhere.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mariah on June 27, 2006
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Who would have thought that it could possibly get any better than "How to heal the hurt by Hating". I picked up this book totally prepared to be just a little let down (I mean seriously...Anita Liberty got married and had a kid?) That being said, I LOVED it! Married, divorced, or single, it is impossible not to relate to this book. I actually laughed so hard that red wine came out of my nose, I do recommend avoiding that because it stings a bit.

BUY THIS BOOK! In fact buy a few copies because you'll be handing it out left and right to every friend you have.

Viva la Liberty!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Hart on June 13, 2006
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I loved Anita Liberty's first hilarious and heartfelt book, How to Heal the Hurt by Hating and she does it again in this pithy next volume, where she chronicles love and marriage. I laughed out loud as she illuminated just how contradictory we can be when we get exactly what we've been asking for! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. And if you haven't read her first book, pick it up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By john t on June 17, 2006
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I probably don't fit the 'typical' Anita Liberty fan profile...( I'm 65 years old, married to the same woman for 40 years), but I wanted to endorse the previous "PS" by Wormygirl. Guys, do yourself and your wife or girlfriend a big favor and read this book. You'll be glad you did. And it's also a real bargain...it's the most fun I've had for less than $15....well, unless you count that time in Juarez when I was 18!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wormygirl. on June 15, 2006
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After years of toting around my tattered copy of How to Heal the Hurt by Hating, my loyalty to the book is being challenged. It's How to Stay Bitter Through the Happiest Times of Your Life I want hoist above my head and holler about now. With her candid, casual writing style, Ms. Liberty works through the struggle of reconciling the functional bitterness that maintained her in her single days with the the reality-based bliss of falling in love. The normally unvoiced panic of contemporary single women raises its voice from the pages of this book like a conversation with your best friend. The doubt, regression, anger, frustration and bliss of being in love are all covered in humiliatingly precise detail. I've had the book for two days and I can't stop dog-earing the pages, underlining passages, calling my friends and reading my favorite parts to their answering machines...

Since we were old enough to know we are female, we have been both blatantly and subtly reminded that our lives will not be complete without a man. So many of my generation have shrugged it off, opting out of the desperation that previously defined our gender. Instead, we relish in our own lives, buy our own homes and sit on our own porches and drink our own beer. Because we can. Because we know what we are worth and we know (from both experience and lore) what we won't stand for. It's not a pity party thing. And it's not about being a man-hater. It's about retaining an identity and being honest enough to recognize that relinquishing that identity isn't an easy thing to do.

It's like when Sammy Hagar joined Van Halen. He was still Sammy Hagar, but he wasn't JUST Sammy Hagar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By booksllr on June 26, 2006
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I originally reviewed her first book 'How to Heal the Hurt by Hating'. I was impressed by her well-placed words and her blade-sharp wit. Wicked stuff. In her typical trademark style, Anita has once again written another inspirational tome. She says the sorts of things you dream of saying hours after the opportunity to say them is gone. Only she says them right away. In classic fashion she takes us down a winding, blistering road of bitterness so we can watch as she nearly loses her grip on this most acidic of styles. It's a well written journey and a must for anyone who either loved the first book or wants to know just who this Anita Liberty person is.

I love everything she's written so far because I can identify with it. If there's a third book and it's focused on her life, I may not be able to follow along (The CF should take note). but you'll have to read 'How to Stay Bitter Through the Happiest Times of Your Life' to see why I say this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By What's shakin' on June 14, 2006
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I couldn't put the book down, I just had to know everything right away. Anita Liberty is happy!. Her writing style portrays a different side of Anita that we all wanted her to have but selfishly wanted it to be prolonged as much as possible. Loved poem in page 143. I can't wait for her next book and to see her live. Anita you need to come to Seattle! Also, if you want the perfect book after a breakup, you MUST read How to Heal the Hurt by Hating. We read this book during my book club and we definitely were healing by totally laughing! Thanks Anita!
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