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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446580694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446580694
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Amazon Best of the Month, February 2008: New York magazine knew what they were talking about when they said, "If you've laughed in the last ten years, Ben Karlin was responsible." The latest project of this former senior editor of The Onion, former executive producer of both The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, and co-author and co-editor of America (The Book) collects 212 pages of semi-insightful and mostly hilarious life lessons from a lineup of writers and comedians in a book with the best title so far this year, Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me. Ben's own mom kicks things off with "I Think My Son Is a Catch," but read on to enjoy contributions from Andy Richter ("Girls Don't Make Passes at Boys with Fat Asses"), Stephen Colbert ("The Heart Is a Choking Hazard"), Jason Nash ("Don't Enter a Karaoke Contest Near Smith College; You Will Lose to Lesbians"), Dan Savage ("I Am a Gay Man"), and David Rees ("Get Dumped Before It Matters"). Filled with High Fidelity-style insight into the inner workings of the modern male mind, this is an anthology for readers of all genders, no matter their relationship status. --Brad Thomas Parsons

Our Moment with Ben
Ben Karlin is a man who holds a virtual PhD in Modern American Comedy. Karlin's career kicked off as the editor of The Onion and he is the former executive producer of the award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and co-creator and former executive producer of The Colbert Report. He was also a co-author and co-editor of the bestselling America (The Book) and his latest project takes him back to the book world as the editor of the anthology Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me, 212 pages of semi-insightful and mostly hilarious life lessons from a lineup of writers and comedians. Amazon.com senior editor Brad Thomas Parsons caught up with Karlin to talk about his new book, the writers' strike, the serious job of writing comedy, and what makes him laugh (hint: it isn't America's Funniest Home Videos). You can read the complete interview or listen to the podcast on Amazon Wire.




From Publishers Weekly

Karlin, coauthor of Jon Stewart's America, establishes that if there is one thing men have in common, it is their lack of understanding and the misguided information they have acquired about women. With miniessays from famous comedians and writers, including Nick Hornby, Stephen Colbert and Bruce Jay Friedman, this book is organized into short chapters of truth, testimonies and realizations about the women that got away and, sadly, the women that they never had to begin with. Some of the essays offer advice, such as Bob Odenkirk's bitter nine-year plan, where he discusses why nine years is the perfect amount of time to be in a bad relationship (by year nine you [had] tried everything, including depression and deep boredom). Some of the men's experiences proved to be valuable lessons such as Dan Savage's essay I Am a Gay Man, where he finds that women can be detestable, and learns that he doesn't have to fake being straight or join the priesthood and can instead just be a gay man; or Patton Oswalt's realization that his crazy, stripper ex-girlfriend helped him appreciate his wife. Whether the men pathetically recall their failed dating attempts or are celebrating their record number of dumps as learned experiences, these witty, comical approaches to being dumped are sure to entertain anyone who has entered the world of dating. (Feb.)
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Customer Reviews

Check it out from a library if you can, but not worth owning.
margieebee
There are basic grammatical errors too--mildly irritating in blog entries, particularly galling in a book I actually paid for.
npydyuan
I can't say I learned anything from this book, and I didn't get a good laugh either.
Frederick S. Goethel

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By ellen holmes on February 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Feeling kind of down, I escaped into my local bookstore and this was the first book that caught my attention. I read several of the stories and found most of them quite amusing and well-written. One of them, called something like "Sex is the Most Stressful Thing Ever Created in the Universe" by Dan Vebber especially stood out. It was hysterically, laugh-out-loud funny, and really lifted my spirits. I honestly think that particular piece is some of the best writing I've ever encountered. Depending on the individual, this could make a very nice gift to cheer up a friend going though the agony.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Hartwell on February 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
TILFWWDM is, on the whole, a delightful collection of essays focusing on the lamentations of men who found themselves at the receiving end of some rather memorable, if painful, dumps. While this may sound depressing rather than hilarious, most of these men adhere to the maxim of looking back and laughing, and as many of them are professional comedians and comedy writers, the end result is often extremely amusing.
The book suffers from the same drawback any collection of essays or short film festival will, in that there is so much range, not every piece is going to be suited to every person's tastes. This is, however, also a plus side, as the wide range of essays ensures there's something in the book for everybody who isn't a humorless stick in the mud.
I for one only disliked two of the essays in the book, and one of those was out of intense jealousy.

Definitely check it out, it'd make the perfect gift to give to the guy you're about to dump.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By spitgrrl on March 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What initially drew me to this anthology was not the topic (men discussing their failed relationships) but rather, I was very excited to see that many of the contributers are some of the best comedians/comedic writers around today. Stephen Colbert, Patton Oswalt, Andy Richter, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk and Dan Savage are just some of the guys who found it in their hearts to submit tales of their dark and torrid romantic pasts to paper for the amusement of us all. And while these essays certainly are amusing and left this reader chuckling out loud at various points, there is a serious aspect to all of these recollections and each author will spur readers to ponder the power of romantic attachments--both past and present--and why we never really seem able to let go of our memories and how these former flames have helped (for better or worse) make us the person we are today.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By npydyuan on May 10, 2012
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Though the book contains a few standout selections, for example the one from Dan Savage, the more stories I read, the more I started to have the feeling of bloat and empty calories that is the result of trying to make a meal out of junk food. Too many of the stories lapse into the same disingenuously self-deprecating "write-like-you-talk" style, all too common these days, that suggests the author hasn't yet learned (whatever else he may have learned from the women who dumped him) that not everything that happens to him is interesting in its own right, nor that gratuitous use of cutesy "meta" comments on his own writing do nothing to enliven a pedestrian story. There are basic grammatical errors too--mildly irritating in blog entries, particularly galling in a book I actually paid for. But overall, it's entertaining enough that I don't really regret the purchase. There is enough insight and genuine sweetness scattered throughout to make a night spent reading this book better than, say, a night of watching reality TV.
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31 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Frederick S. Goethel VINE VOICE on February 1, 2008
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Humor is something that is very individual, and while I have a pretty good sense of humor, I found this book to be lacking. Several of the essays contained within it were laugh out loud funny, although the majority were either just humorous or attempts at humor that failed. There were several essays which I think were supposed to be serious, but it was hard to tell.

One redeeming facet of the book were several heartfelt and sincere stories about relationships; in particular the one by Bob Kerry.

I can't say I learned anything from this book, and I didn't get a good laugh either. Maybe another reader will think it is hysterical, but for me it wasn't worth the money. If you want to read it, it might be best to check it out at a local library and see if the humor is your style before you plunk down your money to buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josh Cannon on July 8, 2013
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This is one of my top 10 favorite books. It's good to read any time, but definitely will help you or a friend get through a break up faster.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeannine Kilgore on June 17, 2013
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Good, quick, funny read. Many great comedians contributed relatable feelings, awkward moments and laugh out loud stories. Good break up/any time read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Temple on December 17, 2012
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Because of the variety of essays in this book, I found some stories laugh-out-loud funny, others completely obnoxious, and others kinda boring. In my opinion it's not worth the "new book" purchase price, but if it's just a couple of bucks go for it.
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