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Last year's much-ballyhooed The Bitch in the House, edited by Hanauer, collated essays by women on their frustration and rage. Now Jones (Hanauer's husband and a novelist and journalist) offers the male version, wherein guys discuss how they feel about their standing in today's shifting cultural landscape (that is, if they care at all). As Jones notes, "The fact that women are in charge of their own birth control and reproduction may be a gigantic cultural shift, but I've yet to hear a single man complain about it." Divided into sections on "Hunting and Gathering," "Can't Be Trusted With Simple Tasks," "Bicycles for Fish" and "All I Need," the essays vary from somewhat revelatory to unsurprising, but they are almost uniformly entertaining and well written. There are several pieces in the vein of Christopher Russell's droll snippet about being bossed around by his Type A wife. Despite her "officious way," deep down, Russell knows her fussiness is often necessary. Some are more visceral, like Robert Skates's display of his jaded humor about the pain of divorce ("Punching doors seems to help. Throwing phones through windows ain't bad either"), or Jarhead author Anthony Swofford's wry tale of beating up a guy at a bar who was molesting Swofford's passed-out girlfriend. While precious few entries stray from the rested maunderings of educated professionals-there's no real scoop on what guys on the assembly line think-the book still manages to open a window into a place many women are pretty convinced doesn't exist: the male psyche.
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In Cathi Hanauer's 2002 book The Bitch in the House, 26 women wrote about their relationships with men, especially the difficulties involved in combining marriage, children, and a satisfying career. But, as Jones explains in his introduction to this sequel, that was only half the story. Here, the editor (Hanauer's husband) gives 27 men the chance to speak out on the same subject and to respond to criticisms leveled against them and their gender in the first book. (Several of the contributors are the husbands of women whose essays appeared in the earlier volume.) Taken either as a stand-alone or as a sequel to The Bitch in the House, it's a remarkably interesting, entertaining book. The contributors, most of them writers by trade, are eloquent, thoughtful, and (in many cases) disarmingly open about their dreams, ambitions, and weaknesses. This is not one of those simplistic men-have-feelings-too books. It's a deep and varied exploration of how the blurred gender roles of men and women have impacted the lives of individual men. An eye-opening account. David Pitt
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A book written by 27 people is bound to be hit and miss. Some parts spoke to me... others, not so much.Published 11 months ago by JCB
Honest, authentic, and stimulating essays. My husband and I are reading these essays together and they are leading to some very fruitful discussions of our relationship and others... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rhoda F. Orme-johnson
I have not finished the book so that is why I rated the way I did. I think it should required reading for all young couples.Published 19 months ago by Marie
Having read a whole lot of books written by women who explain how they feell, and then also the Bitch in the House book, I was excited to get this book. But I felt let down. Read morePublished 19 months ago by alkane
This essay collection is the companion to Cathi Hanauer’s The Bitch in the House. The editor, Daniel Jones, is Hanauer’s husband. Read morePublished 20 months ago by E. S. Charpentier
I do wish each man talked about a totally different topic but despite the overlap this book makes for a great conversation starter and provides something interesting insight into... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Me
The essays, for the most part, were amusing, heartbreaking, observant, and all that stuff. But frankly, based on style, vocabulary, tone and whatever makes each writer's work... Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by Christopher Bischof
I thought this was a great concept for a book, and I learned a lot from it about men's experiences dealing with contemporary relationships. Read morePublished on September 19, 2010 by Learning New Ways
This is a must read for women. It's about relationships and marriages from a man's point of view. Amusing and revealing. Read morePublished on September 18, 2010 by Mary Ann