Picks and Pans Review: Do You Know Your Husband? Do You Know Your Wife?
Do not confuse these twin tomes with self-help. Where marriage is concerned, in fact, they are more like self-destruct books, since Carlinsky, a humorist who has written a dozen books including The Great 1960s Quiz, has concocted 100-question marital third degrees that only the most devoted spouses will be able to score well on. Do you, for instance, know your husband's mother's maiden name? When he makes a sandwich, does he cut it into triangles, into rectangles or not cut it at all? Can you name any of his old girlfriends—first and last names? Or, can you remember your wife's phone number when she was single? For whom did she vote in the last election? Which of your male friends does she think is most physically attractive? The little books are just the thing to keep a party going or start an argument. Carlinsky, by the way, is in the seventh year of his first marriage. (Price/Stern/Sloan, $1.50 apiece)