Subtitle: RULES FOR COUPLES
Author: PATRICIA MARX
Illustrator: ROZ CHAST.
Genre: HUMOR, RELATIONSHIPS, MARRIAGE, GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COMICS
Length: 139 PAGES
Publisher: CELADON BOOKS.
Received From: EDELWEISS.
Release Date: JANUARY 14, 2020
Price: $20.00 USD / $26.99 CDN
Rating: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The perfect Valentine’s Day or anniversary gift: An illustrated collection of love and relationship advice from New Yorker writer Patricia Marx, with illustrations from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.
Everyone’s heard the old advice for a healthy relationship: Never go to bed angry. Play hard to get. Sexual favors in exchange for cleaning up the cat vomit is a good and fair trade.
Okay, not that last one. It’s one of the tips in You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples by the authors of Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It: A Mother’s Suggestions. This guide will make you laugh, remind you why your relationship is better than everyone else’s, and solve all your problems.
Nuggets of advice include:
If you must breathe, don’t breathe so loudly.
It is easier to stay inside and wait for the snow to melt than to fight about who should shovel.
Queen-sized beds, king-sized blankets.
Why not give this book to your significant or insignificant other, your anti-Valentine’s Day crusader pal, or anyone who can’t live with or without love?
100% Hilarious, as well as being 100% Terrific Marriage/Relationship Advice.
My husband wholeheartedly agrees with the following:
“If you keep buying things from Amazon ten times a day even though there’s no more room in the house, you must buy a storage unit. And live in it.”
For me, I love this quote:
“Do not walk ten feet in front of me unless you are checking for land mines.”
However, the advice that rings most true to anyone in a long-term relationship is the following:
“When you do something wrong and there’s no fixing it, apologize twenty times a day for being such a dick and soon I will become so sick and tired of hearing you babble, you will be forgiven.”
This book is the perfect gift for friends and loved ones for Valentine’s Day and should be given to every couple upon the occasion of moving in together.
I know it is intended to be humorous, and it very much is, but it also contains situations that anyone who is in a long-term relationship will recognize and perhaps upon reading this, they will laugh off the irritation rather than let it escalate into an argument. The illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to each humorous quote. Readers of the New Yorker magazine will most definitely recognize the style.
Another thing I am very pleased with is the fact that not all illustrations portray couples as only Cisgender. There are illustrations that depict all sexes. I believe this is important.
I rate this book as 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐
**** Thank you to Edelweiss and Celadon Books for providing me with a free copy of this book. Receipt of this book for no cost has in no way influenced my review. ****
To preview more of this book’s illustrations, visit the following article on the website of The New Yorker.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:.
Patricia Marx has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1989.
She is a former writer for Saturday Night Live and Rugrats, and is the author of several books, including Let’s Be Less Stupid, Him Her Him Again The End of Him, and Starting from Happy.
Marx was the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon.
She has taught at Princeton, New York University, and Stonybrook University.
She is recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Roz Chast was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a B.F.A. in painting in 1977. Her cartoons and covers have appeared continuously in The New Yorker since 1978.
She has published several cartoon collections and has written and illustrated several children’s books.
Her graphic memoir chronicling her parents’ final years, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the inaugural Kirkus Prize, and was short-listed for a National Book Award in 2014.
Her most recent book, “Going into Town,” an illustrated guide to New York City, won the New York City Book Award in 2017.
The editor of The New Yorker, David Remnick, has called her “the magazine’s only certifiable genius.”
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