The Bastard On The Couch

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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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 twentyseven 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 aloudat increasing volumewhy 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 printthey 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 meatandpotatoes 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.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Hunting and Gathering
Confessions of a Boy Toyp. 3
An Invitation to Carnal Russian Roulettep. 14
In Search of a Female John Waynep. 21
A Bachelor's Fearp. 30
Unsticking the Bodhisattva: Love, Bad Faith, and a Chance to Changep. 41
My Marriage, My Affairs-His Storyp. 51
Can't Be Trusted with Simple Tasks
I Am Man, Hear Me Bleatp. 65
Chivalry on Icep. 74
Quality Time Keeps Love Freshp. 86
My List of Choresp. 92
Men in Housesp. 102
The Lock Boxp. 111
My Problem with Her Angerp. 121
Bicycles for Fish
My Life as a Housewifep. 133
A Brief History of the (Over)involved Fatherp. 146
The Dog in Mep. 156
Why My Kids Like Mep. 167
Ward and June R Usp. 174
She Didn't Want a S.N.A.G.; She Wanted Mep. 184
Embracing the Little Steering Wheelp. 195
All I Need
Why Men Lie (and Always Will)p. 209
On Loneliness, Comfort, and Being a Savagep. 220
The Hole in the Window: A View of Divorcep. 229
Quarantined Behind Concrete and Steelp. 238
Log Manp. 246
The Dog's Lifep. 253
Father of the Yearp. 265
Contributorsp. 277
Acknowledgmentsp. 285
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