I Love You, Nice to Meet You: A Guy and a Girl Give the Lowdown on Coupling Up

Lori Gottlieb, Author, Kevin Bleyer, Author St. Martin's Press $19.95 (271p) ISBN 978-0-312-34008-7
Knowing that bad dates make good stories, Gottlieb (Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self) and Bleyer, a writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, share a collection of ""anecdates"" in this he-said she-said guide to ""coupling up"" that has not infrequent flashes of true hilarity-a rarity among the ever swelling ranks of humorous dating guides. The authors, good friends who have never been an item (""not now, not then""), provide individual interpretations on the standard fare of relationship topics, but cleverly; chapter titles include ""Venue Ask Her Out - Is 'location, location, location' the key to getting a second date?"" and ""I'll Show You Mine, If You Show Me How - Is there any civilized way to get naked with a new lover?"" Insights such as ""If you cry about anything less than the death of a mother...you're doomed,"" ""Oprah is pornography for women"" and ""a week of uninterrupted physical presence isn't a sign of love. It's a stakeout,"" make Gottlieb and Bleyer's stiff shots of wisdom go down more like a fizzy summertime cocktail, helping to make the dating game, if not always fun, at least fun to read about.
Reviewed on: 05/01/2006
Release date: 05/01/2006
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