In the bitingly funny, razor-sharp I Love You, Nice to Meet You, platonic friends Kevin Bleyer (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) and Lori Gottlieb give the no-holds-barred lowdown on coupling up from the both the male and female points of view. Or as they like to put it, “Twice the perspective, half the insight” (after all, what do they know – they’re still single).
Like romance anthropologists, Lori and Kevin deconstruct every key moment in the lifecycle of a relationship, from what the fake purse-grab really means when the check comes (how hard is it to find your wallet in a purse the size of doughnut?) to fighting etiquette (Is all fair when love is war?) to who gets “home couch advantage” in couples therapy. Based on stories from their own dating experiences (funny for you, mortifying for them), I Love You, Nice to Meet You is a hilarious and eye-opening collection of “anecdates” from a guy and a girl who just want to find the one but – lucky for you – haven’t.
“I Love You, Nice to Meet You is funny, affecting, blunt and useful. Kevin and Lori are generous to old flames (well, most of them) and unsparing on themselves. This book may or may not help you find true happiness. But it will give you good, sound advice about what not to talk about over that first cup of coffee, or what items that are best not displayed in your medicine cabinet. Their alternating interpretations make us laugh at the gaffes we have all committed in hope of love. But they still hold out hope for love." —Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday
"For lonely urban singles, here–finally–is a warm, witty companion to crawl into bed with at night. The bad news is, it's a book. The good news is, I Love You, Nice to Meet You is very funny, only costs a low one-time fee, and won't call you regularly at 1 a.m. 'just to say hi' (I forget in which chapter, but it's covered). Shake up a cosmo for one and enjoy." —Sandra Tsing Loh, author of A Year in Van Nuys
"Sure, chivalry died. But it got replaced by something much funnier--and luckily Lori Gottlieb and Kevin Bleyer are here to describe it. In dueling essays, the authors spar, match wits, and reveal startling truths about contemporary relationships.Whether you're searching for the soulmate you have yet to meet, or getting increasingly irritated at the one you found already, this book provides the antidote: pure laughter." —Jenny Lyn Bader, co-author He Meant, She Meant: The Definitive Male-Female Dictionary
Publishers Weekly Knowing that bad dates make good stories, Gottlieb (Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self) and Bleyer, a writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, share a collection of "anecdates" in this he-said she-said guide to "coupling up" that has not infrequent flashes of true hilarity—a rarity among the ever swelling ranks of humorous dating guides. The authors, good friends who have never been an item ("not now, not then"), provide individual interpretations on the standard fare of relationship topics, but cleverly; chapter titles include "Venue Ask Her Out – Is 'location, location, location' the key to getting a second date?" and "I'll Show You Mine, If You Show Me How – Is there any civilized way to get naked with a new lover?" Insights such as "If you cry about anything less than the death of a mother…you're doomed," "Oprah is pornography for women" and "a week of uninterrupted physical presence isn't a sign of love. It's a stakeout," make Gottlieb and Bleyer's stiff shots of wisdom go down more like a fizzy summertime cocktail, helping to make the dating game, if not always fun, at least fun to read about.
Library Journal Thirtysomething journalist Gottlieb (Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self) and TV writer Bleyer (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) have written a wonderful gem of wit, honesty, snarkiness, advice, and commentary about all the pleasant and less-than-pleasant aspects of dating relationships. They profile dating in a series of short chapters, beginning with potential dates, first dates, and blind dates and continuing through exclusive dating, serious relationships, breaking up, and post-breakup issues. Each chapter contains a "He Said..." section by Bleyer and a "She Said..." section by Gottlieb that do a wonderful job of addressing an issue from both genders' perspectives. Throughout the book, the authors maintain their irreverence, candor (even when sharing embarrassing stories from their own lives), and ability to boil down big relationship issues to a few pages of witty analysis. Expect this book to be popular.