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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; First Edition edition (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307351718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307351715
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,865,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Behar, cohost of ABC's The View, doesn't have any advice of her own to dispense. Instead, she offers brief personal essays from more than 100 of her best friends (children's author David A. Adler and comedian Anne Meara among them). These mood boosters include I look at my friend Chip deMatteo's eighth grade picture (Bruce Hornsby) and My remedy is my ukulele. I sit and strum my blues away (Tony Danza). Danielle Broussard is a big believer in the idea that there is very little that a new pair of shoes and a Klondike bar can't fix. At best, those like Regis Philbin remind us that exercise reduces stress and releases endorphins. In the end, perhaps the best advice comes from actor Richard Anderson, The world is imperfect. Be cognitive. Work hard. Stay out of politics. But you might have figured that one out on your own. (Sept.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Joy Behar, currently a cohost of ABC's The View, is among today's leading comic talents. She earned an M.A. in English education from SUNY at Stony Brook and began her career in teaching before she turned to stand-up comedy. She has performed in her own HBO special and won a CableACE Award for her voice work on Dr. Katz. Joy has appeared on a number of television talk shows, in films, and on stage. She writes a monthly advice column in Good Housekeeping and is the author of Joy Shtick: Or What Is the Existential Vacuum and Does It Come With Attachments? Renee Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O'Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber's Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC's One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC's Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn's Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009. David Drummond has made his living as an actor for over twenty-five years, appearing on stages large and small throughout the country and in Seattle, Washington, his hometown. He has narrated over thirty audiobooks for Tantor, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, from fantasy to military, and from thrillers to humor. He received an AudioFile Earphones Award for his first audiobook, Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay. When not narrating, David keeps busy writing plays and stories for children.
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Customer Reviews

It was a gift but I trashed it by page 8.
P. J. Ricci
This I thought would be funny and entertaining and I found it to be one of those things.
E. Means
Do NOT buy if you are a fan of Joy and looking for a good laugh.
Gnext

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joan S. Mainzer on December 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love Joy Behar dearly; her quick wit on "The View" is the reason I bought this book. But much to my dismay I found that none of the people who contributed were as funny and spontaneous as Joy. I would like to get my money back!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jane on November 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a disappointment. I wasn't expecting great things, maybe just a few useful tidbits. It's so bad it's almost funny. Some of the suggestions included a bizarre one from Pat Boone. He says he only wants to be with his wife when he is feeling down--clearly stating he wants no one else around. Jeez, I hope he doesn't outlive his wife or he'll be in trouble. He then states that he (and wife, of course)goes to his condo in Panama. Oh, that's useful information for the masses or maybe this was just for the elite who have condos to go off to.

In another one the contributor says he had an epiphany of sorts during which he realized dead people would love to trade places and live his depressing life. He actually used the words "rotting in their graves." Thanks for that uplifting image along with the idea that all dead people spend eternity wishing to be alive.

Other new and exciting ideas: eat a tuna sandwich, go swim at your athletic club, pet a cat, or clean your house. Each bit of advice contains a biography of the contributor as long as (if not longer) than the advice they provide.

To make matters worse I was listening to the audio version. Both readers appear to have attended the Casey Kasem (sp?) School of Smarmy Public Speaking. If Ms. Raudman had recorded the entire book, I might have used this when experiencing insomnia. She has one of those voices that lulls you off to sleep.

Okay, I must admit that I did not finish listening to the book. I tried. I really did. I almost completed the first of the three CDs. Alas, it is that bad. I just could not take any more. Don't waste your money or time. And, unless you are really angry at someone, do not give this as a gift.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joan Kiser on December 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
horrible book! don't buy it. i should have read more reviews before purchasing. i thought a book by a comediene would be funny. all it is is blurbs by 'famous people' about what they do when they are feeling sad. waste of money...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert on December 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:01 Mins
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gnext on October 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of Joy and was excited to see she had a new book coming out, how shocked was I to find out that she only had written the 2 page introduction to the book, and that's it!

The book is a collection of stories from other celebrities and semi celebrities, Joy doesn't even add one herself.

Basically a book company somehow talked Joy into using her name and face to sell a book that was thrown together using other celebrities very short stories.

You can tell she did not pick these people herself even, there are two members of the Bush family, Bob Dole, and a Trump included. I am shocked she would use her fame to make a quick buck like this.

Do NOT buy if you are a fan of Joy and looking for a good laugh. You will be very disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William D. Tompkins on July 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Joy has gathered responses from several of her friends to write about what they do when they're down. Its an interesting concept. I think some more responses would have helped this book be better.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on November 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The world is imperfect. Be cognitive. Work hard. Stay out of politics.-RIchard Anderson

The View Co-host Joy Behar uses her celebrity clout to gather a number of her friends in entertainment field to say their ways to beating the blues. This is not a tell all book, just advice. Think of this audio book like a Chicken Soup of the Celebrity Soul

in regards to the unabridged three hour audio production, it slight falls flat in my opinion for three reasons. Reason one, The voice talent of Renee Raudman is a fine choice for a narrator, but I feel this production would have been better suited if Raudman had a female narrator to help him by counter balancing him. The second reason is not the fault of the audio Publisher Tantor Media, but it is a short book...and once you started this, you crave more. The third reason may seem silly, but I wish Joy would have just recorded something, even if it was her own piece or a fresh audio intro in her own voice

Now to the good Points, the advice is sound. The advice is funny. and in this short audio , there is plenty to go around and enjoy

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Navy Bean on September 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes I just can't figure out who I like more: Joy Behar or Whoopi Goldbergs.

It's a question a lot of us ask, but the truth is it does not matter. They are both incredulous! I like that the cover of this book shows a bit of Joy's cleavage as the content inside probably won't be enough for most fans to buy, but the publisher was wise to know what sells books.

I wish Joyce Carol Oates would realize this, it does not hurt to show a little skin to move some product. It's common knowledge and in the long run it makes everyone feel good and is a self-esteem booster.
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