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Book Review: Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me

By Sandy Amazeen Jan 26, 2009, 4:39 GMT

Book Review: Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me

The Emmy award-winning former executive producer of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report has assembled a stellar lineup of men who have one thing in common: all have been dumped...and are willing to share their pain and the lessons learned. Relationships end. And in most cases, even the most callow among us, even men, learn something from the experience. Now in this smart, funny, and insightful anthology, some of ...more

Co-creator and executive producer of The Colbert Report, Ben Karlin collected forty-six mini-essays from some of the funniest guys in show business that illustrate the differences in how men and women perceive relationships and the lessons learned from getting dumped. Contributors to this uneven anthology that swings from hilarious to maudlin, include Adam Schlesinger, Bob Kerrey and Dan Savage. Stephen Colbert’s severely “edited” “The Heart is a Choking Hazard” allows the imagination to run unbridled while Bob Odenkirk’s bitter take on remaining in a bad relationship for nine years falls short of the mark.

Most of the “lessons” are just a few pages long making this an ideal choice for short, quick reads without requiring much concentration. Given the talent of the contributors, it is surprising this was not a better, funnier collection.

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