You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story

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by Annabelle Gurwitch, Jeff Kahn
     
 

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In this hilarious and ultimately moving memoir, comedians and real-life married couple Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn prove that in marriage, all you need is love—and a healthy dose of complaining, codependence, and pinot noir.
 
After thirteen years of being married, Annabelle and Jeff have found “We’re just not that into us.”…  See more details below

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In this hilarious and ultimately moving memoir, comedians and real-life married couple Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn prove that in marriage, all you need is love—and a healthy dose of complaining, codependence, and pinot noir.
 
After thirteen years of being married, Annabelle and Jeff have found “We’re just not that into us.” Instead of giving up, they’ve held their relationship together by ignoring conventional wisdom and fostering a lack of intimacy, by using parenting as a competitive sport, and by dropping out of couples therapy. The he-said/she-said chronicle of their intense but loving marriage includes an unsentimental account of the medical odyssey that their family embarked upon after their infant son was diagnosed with VACTERL, a very rare series of birth defects. Annabelle and Jeff’s unforgivingly raw, uproariously funny story is sure to strike both laughter and terror in the hearts of all couples (not to mention every single man or woman who is contemplating the connubial state).
 
Serving up equal parts sincerity and cynicism, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up is a laugh-out-loud must-read for everyone who has come to realize that being “in love” can only get you so far.
 
On Cohabitation
He says: “Within days of Annabelle’s arrival, I became very aware that she demanded solitude and had the housekeeping habits of a feral animal.”

She says:
“The guy had some sort of nudity radar. When I would take my clothes off for even a second, Jeff would be in front of me cheering as if he’d scored box seats at Fenway Park.”
 
On Sex
He says: “I want to have sex every day, but Annabelle only wants to do it once a week. So we compromise: we have sex once a week.”

She says:
“Jeff says talking about money before you have sex is a turnoff, but it’s only a turnoff if you’re talking about not having money. Talking about money before you have sex when you have money is actually a turn-on.”
 
On Pregnancy
He says: “For God’s sake, all I wanted to do was have sex without a condom for a little while; now we were moments from bringing a new life into the world!”

She says:
“My ass was expanding so fast it was like a Starbucks franchise. On every corner of my ass there was a new branch of ass opening up.”


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Editorial Reviews

Lisa Bonos
Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn's You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story shows how hectic, hard and hilarious married life can be. Spanning friendship, courtship, marriage and parenthood, their "he said/she said" memoir at times reads like a mix of couples therapy and "Real World" confessionals for grown-ups. Only funnier and heavier.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Married for 13 years, Gurwitch and Kahn look back with laughter at the highs, the lows, and their “different marital needs.” Writer-actor Kahn (Curb Your Enthusiasm) won an Emmy for scripting The Ben Stiller Show; actress Gurwitch (Seinfeld) produced a documentary adapted from her 2006 book Fired! Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, & Dismissed. By teaming for this equally merry marriage memoir, the duo doubles the giggles and guffaws. Over many months, they have been doing readings and performances from this book in progress, when it had the working title, How Not to Have a Marriage Like Ours. The book includes alternating “He Says”/”She Says” sections. Opening with Jeff’s pursuit of Annabelle, they write in a lighthearted fashion about dating, cats, living together, marriage, the honeymoon, and lots of sex: “In the beginning, there was sex and it was good. In the middle, it became something to schedule like a tennis lesson and flu shot.” A genuine crisis interrupted their comedic conflicts when their son was born with birth defects, a situation that affected their marriage: “We became each other’s psychological punching bags.” In the concluding chapter, they speculate on the future direction of their marriage, possibly “like the bonds of emperor penguins and Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.” Readers will hope they stay together to write more heartfelt, funny books like this one. (Feb. 14)
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"You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story shows how hectic, hard and hilarious married life can be. Spanning friendship, courtship, marriage and parenthood, Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn’s "he said/she said" memoir at times reads like a mix of couples therapy and "Real World" confessionals for grown-ups. Only funnier and heavier.”—The Washington Post

“This book is a must-read for couples and singles alike. Finally, a married couple that doesn't hide behind such tedious traits as personal loyalty, good taste, and an overall sense of decorum.  You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up tells people what marriage is really like!”—Liz Tucillo, co-author of  He’s Just Not That Into You and author of How to Be Single
 
“So funny because it is so accurate. Kahn and Gurwitch illuminate the insanity of marriage.  They make you want to embrace your spouse for the same reason you want to strangle them.”—Ben Stiller
 
“Although after eleven and a half years of pure, uninterrupted marital bliss I don’t relate at all to the subject matter, I still found Jeff and Annabelle’s book to be hilarious.”—Judd Apatow
 
“As someone who has never married or ever understood why anyone would,would, I feel I can say with authority that this is the finest, funniest, most insightful book I’ve ever read about a subject I’m completely unqualified to comment about.”—Bill Maher
 
“The far right believes that marriage should only be one man plus one woman. But they are oh so wrong. Marriage should only be between two funny people, and Jeff and Annabelle are the shining examples of this new marriage movement.”—Carol Leifer
 
“Damn, marriage isn’t supposed to be this much fun! If anyone is going to save marriage, it won’t be James Dobson—it’ll be Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn.”—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
 
“Oh, now I get it. This whole sham of a marriage was not just for tax purposes, it was also to write and sell this immediately engaging book! I remember when Jeff first told me about Annabelle and the hazy, humid thermal cloud she wrapped his head in. I thought he was nuts. Turns out I was right (see pages 1–250). After reading this book, I feel sorry for both of them now. And that’s quite an accomplishment.”—David Cross, author of I Drink for a Reason
 
“He said tomato, she said shut up, and I took a Vicodin to ease the pain from laughing so hard.”
—Sandra Tsing Loh, author of Mother on Fire and A Year in Van Nuys

"We're just not that into us."—Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307463791
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
02/23/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
645,836
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

ANNABELLE GURWITCH is an actress and writer, best known for her years cohosting Dinner and a Movie on TBS and her Fired! book and documentary film. Her acting credits include Seinfeld, Boston Legal, and The Shaggy Dog. She’s been a humor columnist for TheNationMagazine.com and a regular commentator on NPR.
 
JEFF KAHN won an Emmy Award for his writing on The Ben Stiller Show. As an actor, he has appeared in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Tropic Thunder, as well as in the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage.


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You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
PTQ More than 1 year ago
I have never before wanted to read any type of book about marriage, but this title caught my eye right away. It said in just a few words what marriiage is really about. It's all argue and compromise, and funny too! I found it very uplifting to read that another couple also suffers through the daily battle of marriage and all it entails. From Jeff's seemingly obsessive courtship, (never would have thought a guy was capable of being in an all-encompassing love with one girl for so long!) to Annabelle's flighty interest and lioness-like protection of her family. This book hit home and it was comforting to see that even through all the turmoil, love still exists. Even if it only surfaces for a second in the avalanche of daily life! I highly reccommend this book!
JOANNOFARC More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing. Hysterically funny! Do you want the truth about marriage? This is the book that shows you what everyone else is afraid to admit. (I've been to 8 different marital therapists with my husband for 12 years so I'm more than qualified to talk about this book!) Written from a "his and her" perspective, the authors (married 12 years/1 child) allow us to see intimate details of their marriage: the ups and downs on raising a child, in-laws, sex, marital therapy, career, money, character flaws, illness, death, etc. Very intimate, brutally honest and extremely helpful to those interested in becoming one half of a partnership. They should make this book a "must read" for those Catholic Pre-Wedding (Pre-Cana) Classes couples have to take. I've read every self-help book on the market, from Dr. Phil to Harville Hendrix, and everyone else in between. Definitely buy this book if you want to know the real deal on marriage. Buy it if you want to laugh out loud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were some great parts.... and some where the two just came off snarky. For the most part I really liked it.
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Danester More than 1 year ago
I love stories that help me know I am not alone in this world. This book shows what two people can create with a commitment to their relationship. I love their revealing, honest and funny way of story telling. Some parts are very funny.
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I liked this book- I enjoyed reading it and it had some funny, throw away lines. I would certainly recommend it to be checked out from the library if you like funny, irreverent memoirs. However, some things were a little off putting, namely, how often they talked about their sex lives- I could care less- and how political some of the side comments were. They were so one sided. I felt like I needed to email them with cases of similar stories on the Democratic side, as well. However, I would recommend this book because it was a funny account of their marriage.
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that is exactly how i got here
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Not good...
Level-Up More than 1 year ago
Unfunny, disturbingly inept at understanding the purpose of life.