Mr. & Mrs. Happy Handbook: Everything I Know about Love and Marriage

Mr. & Mrs. Happy Handbook: Everything I Know about Love and Marriage

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by Steve Doocy, Mrs. Doocy
     
 

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Ever since Eve asked Adam, "Do I look fat in this fig leaf?" it has been apparent that husbands don't know how to relate to their wives. Men believe they understand women and vice versa, but really men know as much about women as a cocker spaniel knows about assembling a Weber grill.

Welcome to The Mr. & Mrs. Happy Handbook, Steve Doocy's laugh-out-loud

Overview

Ever since Eve asked Adam, "Do I look fat in this fig leaf?" it has been apparent that husbands don't know how to relate to their wives. Men believe they understand women and vice versa, but really men know as much about women as a cocker spaniel knows about assembling a Weber grill.

Welcome to The Mr. & Mrs. Happy Handbook, Steve Doocy's laugh-out-loud perspective on love, marriage, and family. The book can be used for its hilarious husband and wife wisdom or, if things aren't going well, as a projectile to get somebody's attention. This is not an advice book. It is a Don't Even Think of Trying This book. The author, his family, and his collection of friends (some very famous in the worlds of entertainment, business, and politics) have already discreetly made almost every conceivable marriage mistake, and it is their hope that this irreverent manual can save you the trouble of being an idiot on your own.

Doocy, co-host of Fox & Friends, who has been married for twenty consecutive years, provides real slice-of-life stories on everything from early marriage ("I love you, you're perfect, now wear this thong") and pregnancy ("You're eating for two? Who— you and Shaquille O'Neal?") to sending your child to college ("Is that a funnel?") and retirement (high-fiber appetizers on Viagra dates). Most of the stories conclude with "corrections" and additional wise words from Doocy's real-life wife, Kathy, who, after two decades of picking up Steve's socks in the garage, has developed a zany sense of humor herself.

There is also a handy troubleshooting section for when things go haywire, like during the eye- opening experiment undertaken especially for this book, wherein the author wanted to prove to his wife that they were perfect for each other, so he had them join an on-line dating service. Out of a database of several hundred thousand guys, he was not in her top 532 local men. Despite the fact that their one- month experiment ended a year ago, she's still getting photographs of single men whose head shots appear to have been taken at a recent skinhead convention. Luckily for him, she still prefers "bonehead to skinhead."

This book is a celebration of the pageantry that is wedlock, which starts with an "I do" and sometimes ends with a boiled rabbit. Let's face it, marriage isn't always as smooth as a forty-year-old's forehead after six months of Botox. In fact, marriage is ridiculously hard, but laughing about it is now incredibly easy with The Mr. & Mrs. Happy Handbook.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Both of these tapes purport to offer marriage advice. However, Smith's program is for those seeking solid information, while the Doocy audiobook offers lighthearted entertainment. A licensed psychologist, Smith, who reads her own work, believes that truth is the main ingredient sustaining a lasting and happy marriage. Her book offers guidelines on what traditional marriage vows mean in a modern context. Couples are offered effective suggestions for how they can explore their individual interpretations concerning these promises. Tested techniques are suggested to ensure that discourse is respectful and empathetic. Anyone who wants to have a successful intimate relationship will find very useful advice here. Doocy primarily gives a humorist's view of courtship, marriage, sex, and child rearing. Harried parents of young families will recognize themselves and their situations-and laugh. Those who enjoy reading Erma Bombeck or regularly peruse Lynn Johnston's cartoons will enjoy this handbook, narrated by the author and his wife. While both of these programs are pleasurable, Smith's is essential for any selfhelp collection; Doocy's offering is a good choice for the humor section.-Kathleen Sullivan, Phoenix P.L. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060854058
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/17/2006
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

Meet the Author

Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Steve Doocy is the cohost of Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends. He has earned reporting and writing awards from the Associated Press, Sigma Delta Chi, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and has worked at NBC, CBS, and Fox. He and his wife, Kathy, live just outside New York City with their three children.

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Mr. & Mrs. Happy Handbook: Everything I Know about Love and Marriage 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I laughed out loud a number of times reading this book. I even nudged my half asleep wife to read her some of the funniest parts (for some reason, she didn't find them quite as funny, I wonder why?) We've been married 33 years and have had many of the same experiences as the author and his wife, so it was great reading that others had similar experiences. The last chapter is a real thought-provoker.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its true...with all the how to books out there, this is the best I have found. By example they show that laughter is the best way to deal with life. Just reading this book made me feel happier and more positive. This should be a study guide for kids in school. Leave all the depressing negative books on the shelves and buy this one. I'm giving copy to all my friends for Christmas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding book! The author, Steve Doocy, is as funny in his book as he is on Fox and Friends every morning. What a gem! You've got to buy this book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cried, I laughed until I cried. Mr. Happy's wife is fabulous and now I know what a CCD teacher is. At first I thought Mr. Happy's life was extraordinarily comedic (especially if you count the number of tetanus shots) and that we had a lot in common (I am a thrifty handywoman). However, I have decided instead that he has captured the universal humor that transcends almost every family's life and that the comedy multiplies when children arrive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oooohhhhh! O.k. now I get it. O.k. talk to you maybe later tonight. Bie.
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