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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (October 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439255296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439255292
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7.9 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,714,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... a funny and informative glimpse into the minds of men that kept me highly entertained and allowed me to look at some common dating situations in a new, more comical light. --Kristina de la Cal, BellaOnline's Dating Editor

I believe this author gives one of the most 'it is what it is' outlooks on relationships, marriage and dating than most books out there on this subject. It is funny, shocking, eye opening, and real. It's a story about life. --Jeanie Herold

I absolutely loved this book from the first line! It's fun to see where most men's minds are and where most women's minds are. It's very refreshing to learn what the men are truly thinking! --Cassie Mae

Many of the stories made me think and all of them made me laugh. If you want a book filled with wit and insights into the male world and one that is a quick read, that you can pick up and turn randomly to any story, then this is the one. --Timothy D. Webster

From the Author

Who am I? What do I know? What qualifications do I have to observe and evaluate?

I'm just a man in his late forties who was fortunate enough to have a relatively baggage-free second shot at love and a sense of humor to avoid the depression that comes with rejection. I'm also lucky to be able to work from home, giving me the time to reflect and write about love on the West Coast. Finally, yes it's true: people in Southern California enjoy nicer weather and provide a large dose of physical and social dysfunction, giving me plenty of writing material.

This is not an autobiography. I embellish most of what I write to make it entertaining. Life is interesting, but to embellish is to add spice to the meat of a story. Forgive me for exaggerating and being judgmental and shallow at times. A nice, predictable, and politically correct Phil is a boring Phil--in person and in print. That's why I drink, and that's why I use my imagination.

Some people will find an essay or two they are convinced is about them. Rest assured that nothing in this book is about you, it's all about me: such a nice guy.

More About the Author

Torcivia is a divorced man who transplanted himself from Pennsylvania into the treacherous dating pool in Southern California. His feline companions, Syd and Symon, share his home in San Diego and an occasional dish of leftover tuna. Torcivia loves nothing better than bellying up to the bar with his favorite social lubrication (wine) and watching the bizarre mating rituals of the locals, which he translates into humorous essays. He has been single long enough to be involved in a few train wrecks of his own, admitting that he's "one relationship disaster away from a third cat."

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This book was so good that I read it cover to cover in one sitting, unable to put it down.
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This was a fun book to read and would recommend it to someone that needs to lighten up their mood.
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"Such a Nice Guy" by author Phil Torcivia is about a middle aged man in today's dating scene.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cassie Mae on November 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved this book from the first line! It is hilarious. No wonder the author's friends told him he should write a book. I wish I could meet this author. He must be a riot to hang out with.

The book talks about all different situations. If you are a man reading this you may find yourself in the same predicaments and agree with the way the author thinks. It's fun to see where most men's minds are and where most women's minds are. It's very refreshing to learn what the men are truly thinking!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to laugh and learn more about men--from a man's point of view.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blue Cobia on November 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Such a Nice Guy by Phil Torcivia presents a series of short stories and philosophical ramblings about men and women from a distinctively male/ male's view point of a females view. His stories are sometimes personal reflections, sometimes stories told to him or observed/overheard from others. Often they are astute observations of the world around him. However sometimes they are blatant fabrications which may also be accurate depictions of some people's world.

The common thread is that they are all humorous and shed much accurate insight into the workings of one man's mind and the male mind in general. It is a very easy book to read and you can pick it up and start reading anywhere in the book and find fun and enjoyment.

The book provides unusual insights into male and female dating motivations and habits. Although the stories center on a rather narrow part of society (middle aged people that go to bars) many of the insights apply to men and women throughout society. I recommend that you read this book with an open mind and a willingness to laugh at the world around you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristina de la Cal on July 9, 2010
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Few things seem to perplex heterosexual women more than the minds of men. Thanks to differences in the wiring of the brain as well as variations in social conditioning, men and women tend to perceive some things in remarkably different ways. Dating is, of course, no exception, which is why both men and women so often complain about how challenging it can be to understand the wants and needs of the opposite sex.

Luckily, thanks to author Phil Torcivia, women now have a way to gain some insight into the minds of men while being thoroughly entertained in the process. In his book, Such a Nice Guy, Phil Torcivia offers one hilarious anecdote after the other about the dating adventures of a middle-aged, divorced man. Though he readily admits to having embellished the situations that he describes for dramatic effect, it seems fairly obvious that both his perspective and imagination hold some valuable clues about how men perceive dating, relationships, and the women that they encounter along the way.

Though he touches upon a few subjects that are typically of a serious nature, such as infidelity, dissatisfying relationships, and emotional baggage, Torcivia puts such a humorous spin on each of them that his approach is sure to leave you tickled, if not laughing out loud altogether. Many of the stories in the book offer as much enlightenment as they do entertainment value. One such example can be found in a chapter titled, "If You Love Him, Leave for Him", wherein Torcivia makes a good case for why it is important to recognize when a relationship has run its course and to avoid staying with a partner for all the wrong reasons.

Another memorable and amusing chapter in Torcivia's book is titled "How Do I Work You?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul McFarland on December 7, 2009
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Mr. Torcivia has produced a collection of short studies on the life and times of a post forty divorced male. The pieces are of a humorous bent but he does veer serious at times.

I found several of his stories to be quite funny and one or two to be thought provoking. However, this is not a heavy weight book. The author will go for the laugh every time.

He works hard at trying to portray the problems of a basically nice fellow who still wants to enjoy the company of women. At times he works a little too hard in my opinion. He also occasionally falls into the gap between tasteful and outrageous.

But all in all it was a fun book, a quick read and you do not come away with any sense of time wasted. I would recommend it for light reading or a gift for a guy who reads. One note of warning some may feel that the author leans a bit toward homophobia. I read it as locker room humor myself, but I would avoid passing it on to someone who might be twitchy about that sort of thing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeanie Herold on November 12, 2009
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This book is extremely well written. An easy read that will keep you turning the pages and you will end up finishing it in one sitting. For the guys...you will be histerical through it all and be talking about it while passing the book around to your buddies. For the gals...you will be histerical, a little bit shocked, maybe angry, but have learned a lot about how the male mind of a nice guy really works. And if we are honest with ourselves...he is pretty much on the mark with his portrayal of both men and women, equally fair in the comedy of relationships. The different reactions will fall upon the fact that men laugh easier at reality than most women. In fact, I believe this author gives one of the most..'it is what it is' outlooks on relationships, marriage and dating than most books out there on this subject.
It is funny, shocking, eye opening, and real. It's a story about life. To put the book down and not finish it because you are put off by a few of the realities portrayed in some of the chapters is a mistake. If you take the time to read what the author is really relaying you will find he is actually not only nice, but considerate and has offered a realistic view of exactly what a nice guy is all about. There is no perfect out there and it is so much more fun to see the humor of it all than it is to pretend the truths portrayed about guys dont exists!! Hopefully all will see the incredible humor and maybe learn how to have a better relationship with your significant other by understanding them better and accepting that MEN!!...they will be what they will be... :-)! And we love them anyway!!!
Well done, Phil! A+++++
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