The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life

The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life

by Melanie Shankle

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The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life by Melanie Shankle

Welcome to the story of a real marriage.

Marriage is simultaneously the biggest blessing and the greatest challenge two people can ever take on. It is the joy of knowing there is someone to share in your joys and sorrows, and the challenge of living with someone who thinks it’s a good idea to hang a giant antelope head on your living room wall.

In The Antelope in the Living Room, New York Times best-selling author and blogger Melanie Shankle does for marriage what Sparkly Green Earrings did for motherhood—makes us laugh out loud and smile through tears as she shares the holy and the hilarity of that magical and mysterious union called marriage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781414385549
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 247,534
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Melanie Shankle writes daily on her blog, Big Mama. She is a graduate of Texas A&M and loves writing, shopping at Target, checking to see what's on sale at Anthropologie, and trying to find the funny in every situation.

Most of all, she loves being the mother of Caroline and the wife of her husband, Perry. The three of them live in San Antonio, Texas.

Table of Contents

The Importance of Being Antelope: A Prologue xi

Introduction: Erring on the Side of Love xv

Chapter 1 Warm Heart, Cold Salad Bowl 1

Chapter 2 The Art of Kissing Frogs 13

Chapter 3 White Lace and Promises and Cake 21

Chapter 4 The Day After 31

Chapter 5 Young Love and Old Love and a Rat 41

Chapter 6 The Great House Search 51

Chapter 7 We Make Dave Ramsey Sad 55

Chapter 8 Home Improvement 63

Chapter 9 In Sickness and in Health 73

Chapter 10 Nilla Wafers Aren't a Food Group 87

Chapter 11 That Time I Almost Went on Judge Judy 95

Chapter 12 Root, Root, Root for the Home Team 101

Chapter 13 The Couple That Shops Together Has My Sympathies 109

Chapter 14 And Baby Makes Three 117

Chapter 15 I Would Do Anything for Love, but I Won't Shoot That 125

Chapter 16 Don't Stop Till You Get Enough or the Feds Show Up 135

Chapter 17 The Twisted Gift of the Magi 145

Chapter 18 Frigidaire Will Be So Envious 151

Chapter 19 Because Innuendo Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery 161

Chapter 20 In-Laws and Outlaws 167

Chapter 21 Skeletons and Grace 177

Chapter 22 Deck the Halls 183

Chapter 23 The Antelope in the Living Room 191

Chapter 24 Coming Home 197

Acknowledgments 203

About the Author 205

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The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Lyn52 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, funny, and entertaining read. Delightful. I love the author's sense of humor!
MartaS More than 1 year ago
Melanie Shankle puts in print what most wives have thought or experienced in marriage. So easy to related to what happened over the course of her married life! Truly enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an easy read. Hard to put down and makes you laugh out loud! LOVE IT
AnotherBibliophile More than 1 year ago
Very Entertaining While Being Real. Melanie Shankle has absolutely great humor even while being transparent about her very human quirks and very real marriage. This book has a practical side, too, regarding her courtship, relationship, faith, and marriage, but I really enjoyed it and thought it was very funny. I read a lot of parts out loud to my husband, who laughed, too. We can relate to some of the scenarios she mentions. I don’t always read the endorsements, so I didn’t discover them until after I finished the book. My husband and I laughed some more at the fake funny endorsements from recognizable culture and TV references. Maybe I’d better get Sparkly Green Earrings now.
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
What a hilarious, honest, and refreshing look at marriage! I found myself laughing out loud from the fake endorsements through the very end. Many of Shankle's stories reminded me of my own marriage. Sometimes it was funny, and sometimes it caused me to think about things in a new way. While I don't normally read memoirs about people I don't "know," I have thoroughly enjoyed both of Melanie Shankle's books. I love her sense of humor and hope you will find something to laugh over while you read this delightful book!
BellFL More than 1 year ago
Funny easy read. Easy to relate, especially if your married to a hunter.
J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
Before I started reading this book, I knew it would make me laugh because Shankle is gifted at finding and expressing the humor in most of life's situations. I was not disappointed. This book offers laughs in every chapter as Melanie describes her marriage and the blending of two people into one life. The best part about this book is that even though each marriage is different, there are some characteristics that are universal. Shankle focuses on the humor in them, even if they are not particularly funny at the moment they happen. I love the way she differentiates between Old Love and New Love because it is so true. Things are vastly different in the land of Old Love than in the land of New Love - not better or worse, just different. If you are looking for a book to make you laugh and brighten up your day, this is the book for you, especially if you are married. This is a very funny book!
Louisa_May More than 1 year ago
Melanie Shankle is so incredibly gifted in the hilarity department! She knows how to weave a story so perfectly that I'm laughing out loud at least every other paragraph. I sit in bed, read, laugh, try to hold the laughter in so I don't bother my hubby who's trying to study... but then the laughter just erupts and he has to know what I just read that's so funny. In conclusion, I've read him about 1/4 of this book... and he has actually TAKEN THE BOOK FROM ME when I was in the middle of reading and not given it back! I can't wait to get my hands on her Sparkly Green Earrings book!
BeachNana8 More than 1 year ago
If you want to read a hilarious book, read this one. Melanie met Perry at a Bible study at Texas A&M. Several months later they both moved back to their family home: Perry to San Antonio and Melanie to Houston. However the only job Melanie found was a sales job in San Antonio. Miserable and lonely in the new city, Melanie called her friend Gregg who had been their leader for Breakaway. He reminded her she was living near Perry. Desperate for a friend she contacted Perry and eventually they got married. And the fun and laughs began. From trying to paint over old paint to trying to lose weight to buying new jeans with Perry’s help to deciding who gets up with the baby or changes the messy diaper, to sitting in a deer blind waiting for the deer to come so you can shoot it without making all her doe friends sad, to listening to young guys trying to sell new windows, or to deciding what to give Perry for Christmas, etc., Melanie Shankle told funny story after story of life as she was experiencing it. You can’t help but laugh! This is a book you will really enjoy!
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
How very funny! I love how Melanie brings humor into everyday situations! (I’m sure she would be my friend if I ever met her!) She tells of her courtship with her husband – and of how things became different when they married. The difference between new love and old love. She references all sorts of things from my childhood – like Cherry Ames books and watching the Sound of Music once a year when it came on TV, putting on SPF 2 and thinking we were really protecting ourselves from sunburn. This was just a really humorous look at Christian life and marriage and I recommend it to all my girlfriends!
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
This was a very funny and entertaining book! Melanie Shankle talks about when her and her husband were first married and some of the funny adventures she went through. There were stories that I could definitely relate to even though I've been married a few more years than her. This was a very easy book to read and Melanie Shankle is a very talented writer. I would recommend this to everyone!
rlighthouse More than 1 year ago
Entertaining Book!   This book offers an honest glimpse into the author's marriage sharing both the funny moments and a few serious ones.  This was a funny entertaining read.
Becca1006 More than 1 year ago
Melanie is a great writer and her book is so sweet and funny.  Her references regarding "old love meaning your spouse takes a cab to the hospital before his surgery" literally had me laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes.  Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book based upon how much I liked Melanie's "Sparkly Green Earrings." Both books have laugh out loud moments, as well as touching and sad. But throughout Shankle uses wit and humor to blaze through various marriage subjects. She shares how her faith has helped through life. I recommend this for anyone wanting a humorous look at a faith-based marriage.
KLJ25 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it ! Melanie is so honest about marriage, that it is wonderful, difficult, challenging and something to fight for. She also has great dry humor that has me laughing out loud. Even better than her first book 'Sparkly Green Earrings', which I really enjoyed also. She writes a blog called Big Mama that is also very humorous.
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
I was not sure if I would like this book since I am not real big on memoirs, but I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed it. I loved the authors sense of humor. I am sure that I got quite a few looks from others while reading it because there were so many parts that made me laugh out loud. It was a good read.
jbm More than 1 year ago
Love reading anything Melanie writes!!!
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kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
Melanie Shankle's first book, "Sparkly Green Earrings" was a memoir on motherhood, and this one (although in a similar style) is about marriage. Both provide the author's humorous and down to earth take on life and family - and both are well done. In "The Antelope in the Living Room," each of the chapters -with super awesome titles, such as "We Make Dave Ramsey Sad" and, "That Time I Almost Went on Judge Judy"- tell a different story from Melanie and husband Perry's lives, beginning with the wedding and their lives as newlyweds up to present day. She calls it "the story of a real marriage," and you can easily see their transparency as well as their love for each other. She doesn't sugarcoat, nor is this a cautionary tale; rather, they are simply real stories that make up their lives together for better or for worse. I had never heard of Melanie, hadn't read her blog prior to reading this, but CLEARLY we would be friends. If we hung out. And that is perhaps the best endorsement I can offer you :)
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