The Bastard on the Couch: 27 Men Try Really Hard to Explain Their Feelings About Love, Loss, Fatherhood, and Freedom

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Harper Collins, May 31, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 320 pages

The husband of The Bitch in the House responds with a collection of original essays in which male writers describe what men desire, need, love, and loathe in their relationships and in the world today.

Cathi Hanauer's bestselling The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth about Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage spurred a national conversation about the level of friction in contemporary marriages and relationships. Now her husband, Daniel Jones, has rallied the men for the "literary equivalent of The Full Monty," in which twenty–seven thoughtful, passionate and often hilarious men, lay it bare when it comes to their wives and girlfriends, their hopes, and fears.

Enough with pop psychiatrists telling us why men lie, cheat, and want nothing more than to laze around the house in front of the TV. Enough with women wondering aloud–at increasing volume–why the men in their lives behave the way they do. The time has come for men to speak for themselves.

Many of the husbands and fathers in these pages contemplate aspects of their personal lives they've never before revealed in print–they kick open the door on their marriages and sex lives, their fathering and domestic conflicts, their most intimate relationships and situations. Yet unlike the average meat–and–potatoes father who still rules the roost, these men are grappling with new ideas of manhood –– some they are going after and grabbing, and others that are being thrust upon them by a changing world.

Powerful, heartfelt and irreverent, The Bastard on the Couch is a bold, unprecedented glimpse into the dark corners and glaring truths of modern relationships that is guaranteed to amuse, entertain, enrich, and provoke.

 

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too gimmicky - especially since it turns out his wife wrote a similar book about bitches. I was disappointed as I thought it might help my memoir writing since I was writing about an abusive childhood ... Read full review

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User Review  - MarkPSadler - LibraryThing

too gimmicky - especially since it turns out his wife wrote a similar book about bitches. I was disappointed as I thought it might help my memoir writing since I was writing about an abusive childhood ... Read full review

Contents

Hunting and Gathering
1
An Invitation to Carnal Russian Roulette
14
In Search of a Female John Wayne
21
A Bachelors Fear
30
My MarriageMy AffairsHis Story
51
Cant Be Trusted with Simple Tasks
63
Chivalry on
74
Quality Time Keeps Love Fresh
86
The Dog in
156
Why My Kids Like
167
Ward and June R
174
She Didnt Want a S N A G She Wanted
184
Embracing the Little Steering Wheel
195
All I Need
207
On LonelinessComfortand Being a Savage
220
Quarantined Behind Concrete and Steel
238

My List of Chores
92
Men in Houses
102
The Lock
111
My Problem with Her Anger
121
Bicycles for Fish
131
A Brief History of the Overinvolved Father
146
Log
246
The Dogs Life
253
Father of the Year
265
Contributors
277
Acknowledgments
285
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About the author (2005)

Daniel Jones is the author of the novel After Lucy, which was a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Award. His writing has appeared in Elle, Mirabella, Redbook, Stagebill, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Massachusetts with his family.

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