Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me

Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me

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by Ben Karlin, Author, Will Forte
     
 

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The Emmy award-winning former executive producer of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report has assembled a stellar lineup of men who have one thing in common: all have been dumped...and are willing to share their pain and the lessons learned.

Relationships end. And in almost all of them, even the most callow among us take something away. This is a book

Overview

The Emmy award-winning former executive producer of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report has assembled a stellar lineup of men who have one thing in common: all have been dumped...and are willing to share their pain and the lessons learned.

Relationships end. And in almost all of them, even the most callow among us take something away. This is a book about that something, whether it be major life lessons, like "If you lie, you will get caught," simple truths like, "Flowers work," or something wholly unique like, "Watch out for the high strung brother in the military."
This anthology will be comprised of longer and shorter pieces, drawn from an array of impressive celebrities, writers and public figures. Some pieces may be a paragraph in length while others will be full-blown essays. All of them will be about that salient something men take away from a failed relationship. Yes, men learn.
This is not a touchy-feely book. This is not a self-help book. This is a book packed with smart, funny and insightful stories from men you probably thought never got dumped, or if they did, would never admit it.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Twenty-four notable writers and comedians, like Stephen Colbert, Neal Pollack, Dan Savage, Todd Hanson and Andy Richter, comment on the mysteries and intricacies of relationships. The essays are funny, crude, often hilarious, and occasionally unexpectedly moving, ruminations on the male/female conundrum. Some stories are of straightforward rejection (like Will Forte's "Beware of Math Tutors Who Ride Motorcycles") while others take a different bent. Larry Whitmore's "Women Are Never Too Young to Mess with Your Head" charts his efforts to win his newborn daughter's love as she screams and cries whenever he holds her. David Wain and Zandy Hartig enact a laugh-out-loud series of phone vignettes in "Persistence Is for Suckers" that follows Wain's frustrating attempts, over several months, to secure a date with a woman he met at a party. Like any collection, not every piece is on target, but the majority of the stories hit the humor bull's-eye. Simultaneous release with the Grand Central hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 10). (Mar.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594838828
Publisher:
Hachette Audio
Publication date:
02/04/2008
Edition description:
Abridged, 3 CDs
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Ben Karlin was the executive producer of The Daily Show and the co-creator and executive producer of The Colbert Report. He lives in New York City with his wife.

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TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
This collection of stories from various men and the women who've hurt them can be interesting at times and boring at others. It just really depends on the author of the anecdote. Some are really insightful, like the one about heartbreak from an unexpected source - his daughter. Some are funny, like the one about a man and his cat. And some are just plain boring, like the one about a man and his near-Mrs. Robinson experience. Still, there is bound to be a story of interest to any reader and there will certainly be more than one that the reader will be compelled to share with his or her friends. It's a fun, summer-light book that's easy to carry due to its compact size.
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I purchased this book for my brother as a gift, so I haven't actually read it cover to cover. However, he has shared excerpts of some of the stories and I think it has that cross-over appeal. Definitely not just a "book for the guys".
Slessman More than 1 year ago
THINGS I¿VE LEARNED FROM WOMEN
WHO¿VE DUMPED ME
Edited by Ben Karlin
Grand Central Publishing
$12.99 ¿ Paperback
240 pages
ISBN: 0-466-69946-2
Reviewer: Annie Slessman



Now, let¿s face it¿with a book title of THINGS I¿VE LEARNED FROM WOMEN WHO DUMPED ME one can expect an amusing collection of life experiences as they relate to ¿being dumped.¿ With over thirty contributors from the world of comedians, writers, magazine editors, cartoonist to musicians you will find a variety of different takes on the subject of being dumped in a relationship.

My personal favorite dumping story is the one told by Larry Wilmore, a stand up comedian, actor, writer and producer. His story revolves around his relationship with his newborn daughter and their first year together. Wilmore wants his daughter to adore him, well¿at the very least, respect him as her father. Things do not go as he desires and his story of how he deals with her rejection is hilarious. I had to get up from a sitting position to stand due to my side hurting from laughing so hard.

The stories are full of different views and personality plus. I would have loved to be involved in the interview process of this work. One just couldn¿t have remained in a bad mood after hearing one fun story after another. A two page cartoon on the subject of being dumped entitled, The Sorrows of a Young Walter or The Lessons of a cyclical Heart leaves the reader with a the impression that life is just one cycle after another that we need to adjust to if we are to survive. This was a fine example of the variety and ingenuity of those involved in compiling this work.

Summer will eventually happen and you will need a good book to enjoy as a soft breeze caresses your sun kissed face. This is your book. At $12.99, it is a bargain and a book that will make the rounds of all your friends.

Karlin¿s mother, Barbara is still seeking the right partner for her son. If you find one for him, be sure to have her tell Ben that he needs to call his mother!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. An interesting look into the comedic male mind.