A Guy's Guide to Dating: Everything You Need to Know about Love, Sex, Relationships and Other Things Too Terrible to Contemplate

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Bachelorhood used to be something young men aspired to. A man alone was a man empowered. But not anymore. As we cross the threshold into the twenty-first century, the state of being stag has lost its luster.

In A Guy's Guide to Dating, Brendan Baber and Eric Spitznagel shepherd guys from ages thirteen to thirty through the murky waters of the modern dating pool and then escort them down the path to contemporary relationship nirvana, covering all the stages of masculine romantic ...

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Overview

Bachelorhood used to be something young men aspired to. A man alone was a man empowered. But not anymore. As we cross the threshold into the twenty-first century, the state of being stag has lost its luster.

In A Guy's Guide to Dating, Brendan Baber and Eric Spitznagel shepherd guys from ages thirteen to thirty through the murky waters of the modern dating pool and then escort them down the path to contemporary relationship nirvana, covering all the stages of masculine romantic development. Topics covered start at childhood with "Dating Your Mom (Early Lessons in Love)," "Hand Jive: The Jerk-Off Years," then move on to "High School Confidential: An Introduction to the 16-Year-Old Girl," "Higher Learning (or How to Spend $15,000 a Year to Get Stoned, Date Lesbians, Argue with Feminists, and Contract Herpes," and then end up with "Commitment and Other Things That Scare the @#%! Outta Us" and "The M Word." Readers can say they are buying it for the most hilarious testosterone-tinged humor in a generation-when in fact many of them will pick it up for the genuinely practical, sane, intelligent dating advice.

A brash, sidesplitting guide through the pitfalls of modern romance, modern women, modern etiquette, and good old-fashioned lust, A Guy's Guide to Dating explains the art of finding women and then snaring them '90s style. This is a book no single man will want to be without, and no single woman will be able to resist buying for the men in her life.

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While you wouldn't want to be caught dead reading either of these titles on the subway, they offer a study in contrasts. Baber and Spitznagel seem to have set out to produce a humorous look at dating and mating, but they deliver a boorish effort that will confirm a lot of women's worst fears about male dating behavior. While some might think that the "humor book" caveat makes everything okay, the overall Beavis-and-Butthead approach to the subject which is, less dating and more sex in these authors' minds provides little in the laughs department. Men and women should avoid this book like a blind date with a cold sore, and libraries. can pass. By contrast and in keeping with the excellent "For Dummies" treatment of complicated subjects, psychologist Browne's book offers a professional, insightful, and very readable examination of dating, real dating. Browne covers every aspect of the basic mechanics of dating in the 1990s, from making your own personal inventory to help you discover who you are and what you want, to finding appropriate people to date, to actually conducting dates at various stages of relationship development. Nothing seems to be missed by Browne: she tackles breaking up, sex, and even the darker sides of dating, like rape and stalking. This excellent book's biggest drawback for libraries is its numerous "work form" sections, an invitation to certain patrons to make it their own. But Dating for Dummies is worth the risk; recommended for all public libraries.David M. Turkalo, Suffolk Univ. Law Sch. Lib, Boston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385485531
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 1,299,939
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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