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This book is a hilarious look at human nature, particularly the part that makes some people want to gripe, nag, complain, and whine. January Jones ... has divided the whiners into categories: Children, teenagers, baby boomers, men, women, seniors. In each section, she gives common whines along with advice on curing these whines. Although the book is laugh out loud funny, the advice is excellent and spot on. It's the type of book that you find yourself quoting from to everyone you know. --Self Help Daily, November 1, 2008

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"January Jones is the undisputed expert on whining. Her laugh-out-loud book left out only one tiny detail--whining burns calories! Truly, the cure for whining isn't just her fabulous book, but January Jones herself."
--Diane Heavin, Founder of Curves International
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825305799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825305795
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,790,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was gifted this book by the author, January Jones, for appearing on her web radio show, Sharing Success Stories.

January, an author, humorist, and web radio host has a quirky sense of humor and it comes out in her book Thou Shalt Not Whine: The Eleventh Commandment. I love the way she organized the book with chapters on major classes of whiners, such as, children, parents, baby boomers and grandparents as examples. She hits the nail on the head with her keen observations of people's typical behavior.

Best of all, to me, at any rate, was the chapter titled the Pity Party Cure. Even now, days after I've read that chapter, I still tear up with the sense of loss, but also of hope, January wrote into that section.

If you'd like a good chuckle and perhaps ideas about how to stop the whining going on around you, pick up this book.
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Bring this book on your flight--you'll laugh all the way from the check-in line to baggage claim, putting complaints about life's troubles, including the in-flight kind, in perspective with no-whine wisdom that will change your perspective by the time you step off the plane.
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By Sally on November 1, 2008
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This lighthearted look at whining and the cure(s) for it, is my idea of a terrific bathroom book! Let me explain. A bathroom book is one that I pick up and put down on a daily basis while I'm in a fixed seated position. (I'm trying to be delicate, here.) Each whine is discussed and the cure for it is offered within one page. Therefore, one page could be read, and the book put down, or if you have more time, you could read on.

Each whine is placed into one of the top ten categories. Some are serious whines with serious suggestions, while others are quite funny. To paraphrase, when a child whines "He's still looking at me" make them both wear sunglasses. I chuckled as I read this one. Who knows? It could work.

There are definitions when needed: "Mother-in-law: A woman who destroys her son- and daughter-in-law's peace of mind by giving them a piece of hers."

Amusing celebrity quotes are included. I like books that give me cause to chuckle.
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If you're a parent with kids who know at least two words, you hate whining. It was absolutely amazing how the kids could push all my buttons with that simple act. But now, it seems like nearly all of society has picked up on whining as being the preferred form of communication these days. January Jones takes a humorous look at this phenomenon in her book Thou Shalt Not Whine: The Eleventh Commandment: What We Whine About, Why We Do It and How to Stop. Along with pointing out the most common whiners and their offenses, she also offers up ways to stop the whiner in their tracks... even if the whiner is you.

Contents:
Introductory Lesson: Flying without Whining
Top Ten Whines From:
Children
Teenagers
Parents
Couples
Singles
Baby Boomers
Seniors
Women
Men
Best Friends
Grandparents
Post Script: Win, Don't Whine
Appendix: Woe Is Me - I'm a Celebrity
About The Author
Acknowledgments
MORE Thou Shalt Not Whine - Submit Your Own Whining Data

I'm guessing you'll find a match or two in the table of contents list... :)

Each of the chapters starts out with a brief description of the target audience, along with where the whining tends to be focused for them. Then you get the top ten list of whines. Let's take couples for example... The top ten are money, jobs, each other (stage 1), each other (stage 2), in-laws, sharing chores, entertaining, lack of romance, closet space, and pillows. For each of those whines, you get a couple examples ("your stuff's on my side" and "how many shoes do you need?") along with why this whine happens and how to cure it. Since I picked on closets here, the "why" is that there is no closet that can blissfully accommodate both a man and a woman.
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to read this book and not be able to see yourself, friends and family in every page! Ms Jones has a knack for seeing the humor in just about anything. It was a great easy read.
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The thought of a book about whining made me grit my teeth. Why on earth would I want to spend time reading and thinking about whining? Life is too short to spend listening to whiners. With twenty-four hour news channels and political pundits coming out of nowhere to complain about anything and everything, why would we need a book about whining?

Precisely because there is so much whining, that's why! January's timing is perfect!

January Jones' book-cover caught my eye with its warm and inviting colors. The author's photo and welcoming smile suggest that this is no ordinary diatribe about whining. It seems as if she is asking us to sit down and chat and have a good laugh and stop taking ourselves so seriously. We are encouraged to look at ourselves, our whines, our responses to other people who are whining and turn to delightful "cures." There are no victims in this book.

Read the book, share it with friends and open up a delightful dialogue while indulging in several cures.
Enjoy your dark chocolate and a glass of wine while looking at whining in an amusing light.

There is a lot of joy, laughter in this book that offers a timely replacement for whining.
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