Picks and Pans Review: Ten Stupid Things Men Do to Mess Up Their Lives
Okay, I'll 'fess up: I haven't run across the breed of male addressed by radio therapist Dr. Laura in these pages. If such Neanderthals really do exist, they may find this book a profound experience (provided they know how to read). But, hey, maybe I just run with the wrong crowd. So, guys, here's a test: 1) "You guys' mentality tends to be black and white: Sex is great, and she says she loves me and that I'm wonderful—period." 2) " 'Real men' don't need women except for sexual release. Right? Wrong."
Now if either of those sentences strikes you as deeply meaningful, then, by all means, go and buy Dr. Laura's take-no-prisoners advice on how to be a better date, mate and father.
If, however, her simplistic distillation of male-female relations (not to mention her tortured prose) leaves you cold, then go the Cliffs Notes route and simply scan the table of contents. There, you'll find a tidy summary of Dr. Laura's thinking on self-destructive ambition, irresponsibility and philandering, minus her self-impressed ramblings and gushing testimony from her fans about her healing powers. To wit: "Dr. Laura—thank you for being the band-aid on the bloody knees of my achin' broken heart." (Cliff Street/HarperCollins, $24)