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"Phil never ceases to make me laugh with his writing." -- Faith

"Phil is, by his own admission, a little relationship dysfunctional. What I like about this book, in addition to being fun and quite witty, is that he's honest about this." -- RJ

"I absolutely loved this book ... His writings are hilarious and random." -- Karma

"Don't be prudish; it's f**king funny!" -- MJ

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I'm still single, but I'm not bitter ... much.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470076519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470076511
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,270,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I admit reading some of the articles in this book were laughable and that all of them were meant to be taken with a grain of salt. That being said I had a very hard time completing this book. It was like trying to watch Dane Cook perform. Yes, a few laughs at the beginning and then you become distracted by the bizarre prancing, and wild-eyed looks punctuated with angry hand-on-hip stances.

I understand that this brand of humor has its place in society, and I applaud the author for finding a way to vent his frustration legally. It's strange to me that women are entertained by this material. I would have thought that men would have been the bigger audience.

I rated this work three stars because while the writing was crass, it was intelligible, well put together, and I managed to think of an audience who could benefit from reading it.

I would recommend this book for those that are thoroughly disenchanted with dating and above a certain age. It would be a great addition to a divorce gift basket along with crushed candy hearts, cut up pictures, and a note written in a drunken stupor.
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I absolutely loved this book, and in my case it was a much needed distraction from my current stress. His writings are hilarious and random and the only thing I don't like is the craving for bread pudding that I now have. I will say though that if you take offense easily or don't like swearing it would be better for you not to read this. His humor is definitely not for everyone. Read the excerpt in the product description and if you find that funny then read the book because that's a pretty good example of the humor throughout the book.
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I found myself reading this one to quickly escape, knowing the segments were short, easily picking it up and putting it down as I needed to fit it into a hectic and tumultuous time for me. The comedy of it was soothing and lightened my heart, but this book runs deeper than the casual read. There's a lot of self discovery that can happen when you recognize yourself within the accounts.

Torcivia has a way with words. His ability to find another way to say, or call something makes me hand him the prize, like when he described a popular, men's short hairstyle and I really knew what he meant and laughed at the truth in it. Phil, you had me at "duck butt bangs".

This ebook made me laugh out loud many times but once I actually cried, being moved by the sentiments on his Dad. I related to it, felt my heart reach out to his and was glad that he included that particular expression in the first book of his that I tried.

Most of the time I was amazed how knowledgeable Torcivia was on the subject of women. Either he knows them well from experience or he's one talented researcher. Note to all men: pay attention to the insights within. There's a bigger payoff if you can find a way to apply even a small amount of his learning.

He blows the cover on men, too, describing some less desirable behavior. He offers a chapter entitled "Apology on Behalf of Men". Read it women. It may be the only apology you'll get. I couldn't help wondering if this book wouldn't be the perfect advertisement to females for Torcivia himself. Discovering a man who knows women so well and admits his own mistakes is a turn on for the fairer sex. Of course they would have to be open minded to his viewpoints (there are many and they are well defined). It would be a wise woman to allow him his truth.
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I came across this book on the Women's Literary Cafe website and requested it as one of my January review picks. It wasn't exactly what I thought it would be, but I ended up enjoying it for what it was.

What a Nice Guy by Phil Torcivia is a book comprised of various vignettes about life, love, and relationships from the blog that Phil keeps. Many of them are humorous, although there are people who would probably consider some of them crass as well. As a divorced man approaching age 50, Phil has had much experience in both life and love and it certainly shows in these vignettes.

Like I mentioned above, this book was not what I was expecting. When I requested it, I thought it was fiction. I am not usually a humor or non-fiction reader. However, given that I finished it in about five days, I would say that I enjoyed it. At first, I wasn't sure what this book was even about, as the vignettes are connected only through illustrated headings. Otherwise, they were very diverse, with few connecting threads. The humor was sometimes crass, which some people might find off-putting, but I don't mind bad language or sexual humor. Overall, the book was funny, and I got some good laughs, but it is not on my list of favorites. I give it three stars out of five.
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"When asked what type of woman I'm attracted to and what I'm looking for in a relationship, I hear Nature giggle at each answer." ~from the chapter 'BOTTLED'

Keeping in mind I have yet to read this book's predecessors, and that I'm happily married with children, I found Mr. Torcivia's work an entertaining piece. The fifth of his collections of weblog entries, he writes of love, the sexes, and getting snipped.

If his other works equal this one, then you can be sure you'll not find a more humorous series of ponderings where the cynicism is not only biting, it latches on and gnaws for marrow.

"Nice Guy" is portrayed as a man with moral scruples in a world where those are outdated principles that got pushed aside for a quickie in the loo. However, he does not restrain himself and speaks as openly as your best friend you've bellied up to the bar with.

He bashes men and women, but mostly appeals to women to tell him the punchline to the joke about love and dating while showing them there's worse things in the world to be waking up next to. You'll find pointers for men in his "fiction"; twice the pointers for women in his "truth".

There are short dialogues that cut to the quick of each matter in simple words. Sex-related jokes are clever even in their trashiness, and don't be expecting the delivery to be any cleaner. Torcivia doesn't mind stating he's comfortable with his own ineptitudes, attitudes or platitudes. This is something I can respect in the morning.

Pros & Cons:
As weblog entries go, I advise that this collection should be read in portions or in several sittings so that you don't immediately pick up on similarity of themes between chapters.
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