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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
About one of the only books I've seen my husband read in oh, the last 25 years? Since Mr. Reed's English class.

He randomly picked it up and couldn't stop reading, couldn't stop smiling, couldn't stop laughing out loud. Then reading it out loud to me. I thought my heart might split for the happiness. Melanie Shankle is one amazingly funny writer!

A book for every married couple, and the best spontaneous date night ever...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is laugh out loud funny with spiritual and marital truths sprinkled in! There are a lot of books that get a lot of hype and when you read them you start to wonder what those people were thinking. This is NOT one of those books! I read Melanie's blog every morning and she is genuinely funny! You won't regret buying this!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Oh my goodness, Melanie has done it again! She has followed her wonderful Sparkly Green Earrings with The Antelope In The Living Room. What a great read about the realities of marriage! This book should probably be required reading for anyone planning a fairy tale wedding! Nothing against those weddings, but as Melanie says, that's the easy part. Melanie shares some hysterical stories of her marriage and draws some great Biblical insight from the situations she and husband Perry have found themselves in. Her voice is real and reading her work is just like talking with a good friend. She is never heavy or overbearing and is always ready to laugh at herself.

I read mostly to be entertained, encouraged or edified.The Antelope In The Living Room did all three. Highly recommend.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Having been married almost 20 years, I really enjoy books that show the funny side of marriage. We all have plenty of challenges to face on a daily basis, so being able to have a laugh is a great way to bring joy into our lives and I was hoping this book would do just that. Unfortunately The Antelope in the Living Room didn’t even come close for me. Based on the reviews, I was expecting to laugh out loud; instead I barely found reason to smile. I kept hoping the next chapter would get better, but they never did and I gave up half way through. With limited free time to read it just wasn’t worth continuing when I could move on to one of the many authors whose work I know I love.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I've been married for just over eight years now, and while I found this book to be humorous at parts, I also think it might appeal more to younger newlyweds. Shankle's writing style is very fast-paced and easy to read, but she can be hyper and overly-worried, tending to view even mundane situations through the most dramatic lens. I got through this book in a matter of hours, but, by the end, I was still slightly annoyed with her quick-to-freak-out mentality. If you are newly married, you might enjoy this one, but if you've weathered a few marital storms, Shankle's tone may be slightly over-the-top.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 17, 2014
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I was looking forward to this book as a humorous take on marriage. As a big fan of the late Erma Bombeck, the hole she left in the world of satirical writing has not been filled. I suppose it's very wrong to put such high expectations on a writer. Still, even after lowering the proverbial bar, I was rather underwhelmed by this author's matrimonial and family musings.

About halfway through the book, the picture I had was of a woman sitting at a keyboard desperately trying to find ways to make her everyday experiences seem funny enough to fill up a book. At three quarters of the way through, I gave up hope of even cracking a smile. Some of the stories were cute and mildly funny, but other than that, it certainly didn't live up to its back page promise of laughter and tears. Most of the time I kind of just felt sorry for her husband and the shrill way she treated him at time.

The last quarter of this book has gone u read for a couple of weeks now. Maybe the last couple stories are the salvation for this book, but after the disappointment of the majority if the book, I can't bring myself to pick it up again and finish.

After 18 years of marriage, I found myself thinking of instances in the past that were more entertaining than these, and maybe that's the point — to make the reader remember the great and funny times in their own lives rather than solely from the book. It certainly does do that, which is why it gets two stars. Maybe other readers will be more amused by the author's takes on married life, but unfortunately I wasn't. She came across too harshly for me to really relate to her, which is likely a big part of why I didn't find her writing to be funny. If you enjoyed her prior book, give this one a try. Maybe that one has more depth and history that allows the reader to feel a connection to the author and her family, as this book doesn't. Without it, this book is missing a crucial part.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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It appears most of Melanie Shankle's readers are blog followers. For what it's worth, I had not heard of the author before I began reading The Antelope in the Living Room.

Other than excessive parentheses (which got annoying) the book was a good read. I was expecting humor and was surprised by the more serious insights. I’ve been married roughly the same length of time as the author so I didn’t really learn anything, but was able to nod along with many of her general thoughts on marriage. Her personal anecdotes were sometimes amusing, but I didn’t seem to have enough in common to fully appreciate them. If, however, you are into shopping, pop culture and/or manufactured drama, you will likely find this book hilarious.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
I loved Melanie's first book, Sparkly Green Earrings, so I had every expectation that this one would be a home run.

I was not disappointed!

This book is an easy, relatable read and makes you feel like you've just spent the evening with your girlfriends, laughing about all the things you have the tendency to take too seriously.

You'll breathe a sigh of relief, as she plops down beside you on the sofa and weaves a funny tale about the most wonderful and exasperating relationship of life. You'll recognize yourself over and over. And you'll laugh and hopefully let go of some of the tension that keeps you from enjoying this crazy life together.

I put this book down and the weight of life seemed a little lighter. Sharing our stories is how we share our burdens.

This book is a gift—to women and the men they so deeply love. Even when they sometimes don't!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2014
Format: Paperback
I loved Melanie's first book and knew this one would be good - but I think it may be even better - if such a thing is possible. First of all, it is absolutely hilarious, which is wonderful because I always need a good laugh. Second, her humor is just so smart which makes the book great fun to read. Her storytelling and references to pop culture are brilliant. Most importantly, though, this book helps me understand my husband and my marriage. And as we speak, I have my husband sitting on the couch reading his "assigned chapters" so that he, hopefully, will understand me better, too. Melanie hits on all of the trials of marriage with great humor and wisdom. I can't recommend this book enough.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I received a copy of this book to review, and to be honest, I didn't finish all of it. I think the book is fine, and I've heard of lots of folks that love Melanie Shankle's books. However, I think we just have a different sense of humor. I think a little self-depreciating humor is funny (both of herself and her husband in this book). It seemed to me that that was the bulk of the humor and while good, something I tired of.
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