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What Was I Thinking?: 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories Hardcover – February 3, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312384726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312384722
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,224,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fifty-eight boyfriend stories that are (hopefully) worse than your own! Fabulous, humorous and outrageous."--OK! Magazine

About the Author

BARBARA DAVILMAN began her career in NY in advertising and then went on to create a greeting card company, Bittersweet, that dealt exclusively with relationships gone bad.  After that, she moved to Los Angeles to become a TV writer/producer.  Along with her husband, Ellis Weiner, she co-authored YIDDISH WITH DICK & JANE, YIDDISH WITH GEORGE & LAURA, and HOW TO RAISE A JEWISH DOG. In her ‘spare’ time she writes and produces reality television and is the Los Angeles Co-Coordinator for Ridgeback Rescue. 

LIZ DUBELMAN is the founder of VidLit.  Her pre-digital career included ten years in film production. Her television work won her two Emmys -- one as a producer and one as a director. She has consulted to all of the major studios in the area of digital rights and Internet content.  Ms. Dubelman  is a graduate of Hampshire College. 

 


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Read this after a bad date or a bad break up - you'll feel much better!
Merle Ginsberg
Now, I'm not the pot calling the kettle black, but I didn't stick around for the continued abuse when I was dating.
Loves teaching
Thoroughly enjoyable...well written, interesting stories by a collection of terrific authors.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Merle Ginsberg on February 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"What Was I Thinking?" - the new collection of essays about bad boyfriend behavior from editor/writers Liz Dubelman and Barbara Davilman - which includes essays by Carrie Fisher and Rachel Resnick (whose book "Love Junkie" made me realize I got a jones of my own) - is a sassy salve for single women everywhere. Hell, it's a salve for married women, too. Men are good for some things (some better than others) - but let's face it, they all descend into dorkdom at various stages of knowing them - some sooner than others. I am single in my forties, and have been engaged twice - I think I've been on more dates than most women in their lives. Which means, more BAD dates (leading to BAD relationships) than most women my age - most women alive, perhaps. This book comforts me and makes me feel less like I am the only femme in the world who's had to live through these excruciating, awkward, depressing - and ultimately (and much later), hilarious moments. Bad experiences always lead to hilarious literature - that's bad experience's only upside. Read this after a bad date or a bad break up - you'll feel much better! And men, read it and weep - whoops, didn't mean that - read it and LEARN.
Merle Ginsberg
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B Bear on February 4, 2009
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For people who think there are few things more hilarious than stories about Mr. Wrong, this book is manna from Romance Hell. The subtitle might be misleading, in that the men in question aren't necessarily bad boyfriends -- though, to be sure, many of them are horrendous -- but they are all bad choices by the women who are often dragged kicking and screaming to that realization, while we get to sit back and laugh as the evidence piles up. A "Sex and the City"-type TV series seems like a no-brainer, as does a Davilman/Dubelman talk show. Bring on the sequels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Flowers on February 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This collection of essays are deceptively amusing. I did laugh out loud, but I also found some hard-won wisdom, too. A great gift for the romance-prone among us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Palmer on February 10, 2009
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Reading WHAT WAS I THINKING? is like having lunch with your best girlfriend...all the stories are fantastic, and made me feel so much better about my own (questionable) choices when it comes to men...I especially LOVED Rhonda Talbot's story - was literally laughing out loud.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Huck Finn on February 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book was hilarious, I laughed out loud. So many stories I related to, as most women will. I can't wait for the next one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We've all been there, ladies. This book is hilarious. I defy you not to fit into one of these scenarios!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Book Babe on March 30, 2009
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Ah, boyfriends. Husbands. Lovers. Men in general. Most of them are wonderful, if you meet them at the right time and right place in your life. But we usually have to go through at least one "bad boyfriend" before Mr. Right; it's so prevalent that it's almost a female rite of passage. Davilman and Dubelman started asking around and yep, just about every woman they talked to had a bad boyfriend story. More importantly, there was usually a defining moment where each woman realized "This is never going to work." The breakup might have happened immediately after that "aha!" moment, or it might have taken a couple months or years for said woman to finally throw in the towel. But they all that distinct "aha" moment where they just knew this guy wasn't going to be the one.

I had requested that our Collection Development department order my branch a copy of this collection, and when it showed up last week on a return, I thought I should read it. Why not? I mean, it was my idea to order it, right? Well, I sat down yesterday afternoon to read some of it - and ended up finishing the whole thing in just a few hours. The stories are addictive in a way I hadn't anticipated, and also very reminiscent of parts of my own life. Some are more literary than others, some are downright hilarious, some are just sad. And the "aha" moments are all so different, everything from a prospective beau mangling the French language in a restaurant to another boyfriend yelling about the "right" size noodles to use in soup. One of the funnier ones is "My Date with Homer", where the date in question starts talking about his childhood and inadvertently plants the seed in the woman's mind that she's on a date with Homer Simpson.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Johnson on February 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The perfect book to get your women friends for Valentine's Day...
Hilarious, dishy, unbelievable and yet...so so believable.
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