Picks and Pans Review: Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About
Pel, who works in a library at a shady British university, is raising two kids with his chilly German girlfriend Ursula. When they disagree, he says, "any slight irritation I might occasionally have is soon soothed by simply sitting alone in a car for a few hours and screaming."
Pel tangles with Ursula and gets promoted past his skills at work. His remarks are like stand-up routines, but they're as fine-tuned as Ray Romano's. Defrosting the fridge, he notes, "I am a wise enough man to realize that hardly anything is worth the misery and frustration of doing it." And what's the deal with shopping carts? "How did students get home from the pub before shopping carts? What did people throw into bodies of water back then?" (Villard, $12.95)
BOTTOM LINE: Winning argument