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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461061180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461061182
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,945,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Chambers on October 26, 2011
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We all know one guy who is just too sweet. The one who you just know is going to get his heart broken over and over because he isn't afraid to show his emotions.

Then there are all those other guys out there who don't seem to have emotions. Except, apparently, they actually do. Thirty-eight men submitted their stories anonymously, sharing their tales of heartbreak and how they dealt with it. These personal stories are interspersed with professional insights from therapists, psychics, and bartenders. (Because where do men turn with their broken hearts? They can't talk to their friends.)

As I read, I put the men into various categories in my mind:

The sweet guy who's skanky girlfriend (or boyfriend) left him (I just wanted to give those guys a big hug and say, "She's not worth it. You deserve better.)

The idiot who is heart-broken because he cheated on his wife and either got caught and lost his wife or broke off with his lover (or she/he broke it off) and is still in mourning. (I just wanted to walk up and smack those guys and tell them what putzes they were.)

The men whose wives/girlfriends had died. Oh my, did I cry.

Women are allowed, even expected and encouraged, to grieve when a relationship ends. We hang out with friends, cry, and tell the whole world what a jerk he is. Men are expected to keep everything inside and never show emotion (unless it involves cars or sports). This book is a great read for women who are wondering if men have feelings. And for men who may not realize that other men actually have feelings, too.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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"The heart was made to be broken." - Oscar Wilde
"Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation." - Khalil Gibran

authors Kimberley A. Johnson and Ann Werner present, in this compelling and informative collection, personal stories of how men deal with a broken heart.
aside from the more than 30 men who shared their experiences, two psychologists provide professional opinions and two bartenders and two psychics give their commentaries.
what lead to the heartbreak and what happened afterwards are as varied as the ages, backgrounds and sexual preferences of the anonymous contributors. it is interesting to note, however, that despite the differences, there are commonalities in how most of the men cope with their heartbreaks.
bingeing on alcohol is commonplace. men are supposed to be tough. boys do not cry but the stories negate this. the following may then come as a surprise but crying, not dating and abstaining from having sex for a certain period are also on top of the list.
i am a male blogger and as a man, i do not believe that i and the rest of the brotherhood come from a red planet. i think that both men and women generally have the same capacity to fall in love and feel pain. what probably sets the genders apart - other than the obvious reproductive organs- is how each expresses these feelings and the choices that are made along the way. there is also the question of the role history and society play with regard to certain expected behaviors for males and females respectively. act differently and one is branded as separate from the norm.
i wish every adult man and woman would read this book. the number of respondents who related their painful memories may not be a significant one nor are their stories definitive.
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This was a sad and very interesting glimse into the minds of men who are hurting after deaths and breakups. Some hurt just like women do but they mostly keep it inside. I liked hearing all the different stories and was surprised not only by how many men sought therapy, even years after their breakup, but by how many of them chose to not have sex for years afterward.

I do think men are less emotional, at least outwardly, than women and wasn't surprise to read that a therapist said men tend to express themselves through writing and poetry.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book but wished it could have been longer.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Book Review: Ain't No Sunshine
Men Reveal The Pain Of Heartbreak
By Kimberley A. Johnson & Ann Werner

`Ain't No Sunshine', compiled and edited by Kimberley A. Johnson & Ann Werner, is sort of like a `reality show' in print. The book is a collection of stories from men that have gone through a break up.

As women we grow up not only believing that `letting our feelings show' is a good thing. We not only believe that but we are encouraged to do so. On the flip side of things, men are taught from a very young age that `crying is for sissies' and it's better to `suck it up' than to show pain.

With that in mind it is not surprising that we see men showing a different attitude about a breakup than women do. Men seemingly move on with their lives more quickly - even after a major break up. They often begin dating sooner and appear as if everything is fine.

But underneath that composed surface, what is really going on?

These compelling stories will provide you with insight into what men really feel. And ironically, you will probably be able to identify with the emotions expressed. The difference is, most men hide these feelings. And that fact alone could possibly mean that men have a more difficult time dealing with breakups than do women.

Face it, if you are hurting you can disclose that to friends and family members. And in all likelihood you will receive support and comfort. But since most men have this idea that showing feelings is wrong, they must deal with the situation alone. Although their friends and family may `be there' for them most men feel they need to `stand tall'.

Each of the stories in `Ain't No Sunshine' is real and they will touch you in a unique way.
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