The Down and Dirty Dish on Revenge: Serving It Up Nice and Cold to That Lying, Cheating Bastard

Eva Nagorski, Author, Michael Lotenero, Illustrator Thomas Dunne Books $13.95 (239p) ISBN 978-0-312-37957-5
Cautioning readers against getting arrested, Nagorski proceeds with ""your recipe book"" of revenge, a tongue-in-cheek guide to achieving vigilante justice for relationships gone bad. A writer, director and producer in New York, Nagorski handles all the angles, taking a historical-cultural look at methods for dealing with marital transgressions; the ancient Egyptians, for example, whipped a man ""a thousand times with rods"" for cheating, and sliced off a woman's nose. Modern-day retribution pales in comparison, evidenced in tales of recent celebrity breakups, chapters devoted to payback songs (e.g. Hilary Duff's ""Dignity,"" Kelly Clarkson's ""Never Again"") and movies (e.g. Fatal Attraction, A Perfect Murder). Jilted women may find her barbed thesis on heartbreak-thinking about revenge can be as satisfying as exacting it-cathartic and a bit comforting, but might want to stay away if the wound is too fresh.
Reviewed on: 06/08/2009
Release date: 06/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
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