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When You Need a Lift: But Don't Want to Eat Chocolate, Pay a Shrink, or Drink a Bottle of Gin Hardcover – September 18, 2007

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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.)
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About the Author

Joy Behar, currently a cohost of ABC's The View, is among today's leading comic talents.

Actor and voice-over artist Ren�e Raudman has performed on film, television, radio, and stage. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and numerous starred reviews.

David Drummond has narrated over seventy audiobooks for Tantor, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, from fantasy to military, and from thrillers to humor. He has garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie Award nomination. Visit him at drummondvoice.com. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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: 5.1 x 1 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,393,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Joy Behar is an interesting person that I have somewhat enjoyed on The View for several years. I was expecting to hear some real comedic entertainment, but the book just left me feeling "flat". For those who enjoy Ms Behar, then by all means read the book. I think each person will know before buying the book if they are going to enjoy it or not. You are either a fan or not. Apparently, I am not. Would not recommend.
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This book is especially disappointing. Some of the content is laughable, but none of it is humorous.
I use to enjoy the humor of Behar, but lately she has entered partisanship and in that respect she's said some uninformed, stupid, and polarizing things. Just today she blamed the measles outbreak on conservatives. Look back Joy, it was liberals who recommended "no vaccinations." Jennie McCarthy and Robert Kennedy, Jr., just to name a few. So Behar just shoots off her mouth with uninformed knowledge, and blind partisan bomb-throwing comments. And there's certainly nothing funny about that.
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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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Length: 1:01 Mins
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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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Couldn't make it through the first disc, and I've listened to some awful stuff before. While listening, and thinking of how dreary it was, I decided to check a few other reviews, just to see if 1) it gets better; 2) it is actually good (and I have the problem); 3) it sucks and I shouldn't waste any more time.
I was actually happy to see that 3 was correct (would have worried if I was that disgusted by an actual good book). The other reviews confirmed what I felt...the audio book is dreary, boring, and a waste of time.

For me, it caused me to resort to chocolate (see the title) to overcome the effects of the book.

I give it the second star only because I feel guilty giving only 1 star for something I couldnt/wouldnt finish.

Please don't waste your money, or especially your time.
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