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The Guy's Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth and the First Year of Fatherhood Paperback – May 10, 2005

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"Michael Crider's The Guy's Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth and the First Year of Fatherhood is absolutely hysterical. No matter what stage of the fatherhood process you're in, you've got to read this book. Whether you're still watching your wife expand (and listening to her gripe!) or if you're up all night with the little one, this book will provide much-needed comic relief."

About the Author

Michael Crider is the author of The Guy’s Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the First Year of Fatherhood, and The Guy’s Guide to Dating, Getting Hitched, and Surviving the First Year of Marriage. He lives in Tennessee with his wife and son.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st Da Capo Press Ed edition (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738210277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738210278
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Demirdjian on March 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is exactly what the author claims it to be: the story of a man who never wanted to be a father and to whom this seems to have happened accidentally. Until then, we're ok. Soon we realize that the author has no or very little education on pregnancy, child education or any sort of academic background granting him the right to claim providing fathers-to-be with a "surviving guide".

In reality, the macho and insensitive approach to the book makes one feel that pregnancy is a burden and that, whatever you do as a father-to-be, just do the bare minimum to survive and hope for the best.

I guess in this day and age, everyone believes they have a right to express themselves and publish a book. In our capitalist mind, it's OK, but all this book is doing is taking space on a shelf in some bookstore.

I strongly disadvise reading this if you want to learn anything about how to help your partner, wife or girlfriend to get through pregnancy. And mostly, I strongly disadvise reading this book if you want tips on how to deal with your new role and responsibilities as a father.
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While I understand that this book will appeal to some types, please read this title carefully. The author is merely trying to survive pregnancy.

I bought this book for my husband as a father's day gift as a new dad to be. He was disgusted with the tone of the author immediately and the "humor" throughout the book. It was clear that the author came from a very different lifestyle than ours and I was sorry for not reading the reviews more carefully before my purchase.

I understand where the author is coming from. I've known men like him and he's exactly the kind of man that we would never take parenting advice from. In fact the author himself says that the only thing that he has to offer is the advice to take no parenting advice from anyone. I am sorry that I made the purchase and certainly will never recommend this book to anyone else. I will try to find someone to give it to who might enjoy it more, but most likely it will be thrown away.
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My husband was given this book as a gift when I first got pregnant. Don't be deceived by the title: this book is not informative at all. It is merely a collection of stories about how the author reacted to his wifes pregnancy. It is self-indulgent crap. Crider's writing style tries to be cheeky but just comes off obnoxious. He probably hangs out with a lot of people that say "git 'er done". If that's sounds like you, by all means go for it.

I think the title is very misleading. For those looking for a humorous, practical, and informative book to help a nervous new or future dad they know, check out the book "Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for Dads." My husband and I both liked that one and thought this "crider guide" thing was worthless trash.
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I picked this up and flipped through it on a horrible trip to register for things at the baby store. It seemed funny so I ordered a copy when I got home. Unfortunately the rest of the book wasn't nearly as funny as the section I read at the store. It is okay but nothing fantastic.
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Let me start that I traded my "Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads" by Gary Greenberg for this book with a friend that is also expectiing. Needless to say, that was a very poor trade, and I want my old book back.

Whether the Greenberg book is full of useful information about how to best dispose of soiled diapers, how to baby-proof a hotel room in minutes, etc, "The Guy's Guide to Surviving Preegnancy" reads more like a series of blog-posts by a clueless guy. Basically, this is NOT a "guide" to anything.

Somewhere in there the author talks about how is struggling to achieve the target word-count for the publisher, and he's not kidding.

Three stars go to the super-cute cover!!!
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This book was a great read - my wife and I read a chapter each evening while we were expecting twins and would giggle ourselves to sleep. It's true... It's sort of the "I didn't expect to ever have kids but here I am" version. It's light-hearted, witty, and helps you realize that there isn't a science to being a good parent. The other reviews here must have been expecting a recipe for getting their kid into Yale to be so disappointed. This book sounds like conversation among friends who are chatting about becoming a after nevet expecting to and what the conversion feels like ad you progress from husband to father.

This isn't a how-to book so if you need steps on changing a diaper look elsewhere.
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Before I wrote my own review, I was reading through the other reviews and noticed that they were EXTREMELY polarized. For the most part people either loved it or hated it. I can explain this. This book is very obviously, from the time you pick it up, not intended to be a serious guide on how to deal with pregnancy. If you're looking for a pregnancy text book, this is not for you. If you're looking for a great read with some good sarcastic smart a$$ humor that also has some very real insight into pregnancy from a guy's perspective, then this is a great book. We didn't buy this before our first pregnancy, but we picked it up as we were expecting our second. Having been through it all once before, this book pretty much nails things on the head in a very light hearted and readable manner (which is very important for me, as I have ADD when it comes to reading). If you're an expectant mother you might want to share some information from the text book you're probably reading with your husband too; but, I promise he will get much more that he can relate to and will be much more interested in this book. I highly recommend it, but you have to have a good sense of humor and not be too "anal" to appreciate it.

We actually liked it so much that we bought three additional copies and gave them as gifts to other couples who were expecting.
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