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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (Aug. 3 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416595414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416595410
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In this comic relationship self-help, semi-functional (but self-aware) couple Lee and Morris -- brandishing their credentials as "a major nut bag" and "a genuine dunce," respectively -- boil down the whole of male-female relationships to a simple, provocative statement, then go about examining the evidence and implications in an alternating, occasionally overlapping, he said-she said format...Morris and Lee have a warm, funny, playfully adversarial relationship that's both intimate and identifiable, and put through the paces in lengthy, laugh-out-loud dialogues. For all its self-deprecating comedy, this volume provides valuable insight into typical relationship potholes, including chick-flick conflict, the dreaded "Do I look fat?" conversation and chronic miscommunication." -- "Publishers Weekly"

About the Author

HOWARD J. MORRIS began his career in television, writing for the revolutionary HBO series Dream On, and then on the Emmy-nominated Home Improvement. He created the series, Holding the Baby and In Case of Emergency.  He’s also written on My Wife and Kids, According to Jim, and most recently, The Starter Wife.  JENNY LEE was a writer on the hit comedy series Samantha Who?, starring Christina Applegate. And a writer on the Nickelodeon show, The Troop. She is also the author of three books of humor essays: Skinny Bitching, What Wendell Wants, and I Do. I Did. Now What?!: Life After the Wedding Dress.  They live together in Los Angeles. 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bbb1771 on Oct. 28 2009
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book based solely on the catchy title and cover art. The dust jacket hinted that I might expect nothing more than a light read with some mild gender giggles. What I found instead was an extremely well written and entertaining exercise in mutual gender based navel gazing. This isn't so much a "He said, she said" journal as it is a Rosetta stone for the modern couple.

Every man who has ever silently tried (and failed) to understand what it is about women wanting flowers needs to buy this book. Jenny Lee spells it out in a way even a knuckle dragging caveman can understand. To his credit, Howard Morris gives a profound and elegant insight to women about how 1 1/2 flowers in a vase are sometimes worth a whole lot more romantic credit than most women would be inclined to give.

From the incomprehensible pleasure men and women get from sports on HD TV and designer footwear respectively, this book blends many laugh out loud moments with profound insights, such as "Take care of the stupid and the crazy takes care of itself."

If you're sane and smart, you will share "Women are Crazy, Men are Stupid" with your significant other. But only after you've read it cover to cover first.
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By Inkhorn HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 3 2012
Format: Paperback
When I ordered this book I had high hopes that it would be brilliant given that both authors are experienced writers on tv shows.

Howard writes on The Starter Wife, and has written on Home Improvement, and According to Jim, and Dream On. Jenny writes on Samantha Who, the prime time ABC comedy.

Here Howard hilariously explores two opposing dynamics of romantic relationship, men as stupid, and women as crazy.

He unsparingly uses himself as an example of stupid, and equally unsparingly uses girlfriend Jenny as the example of crazy. She writes rebuttals and commentaries on each chapter.

In the process he expounds on many subjects including chapter one Am I Fat? His girlfriend's instant reaction: "Are you saying I'm fat?" Sensing the warning signs he immediately grabs the chapter back.

He explores many subjects including why women ask certain questions, which you sense whatever answer you give will land you in deep trouble. They ask for honesty and then you're condemned for it. It's one of those can't win situations, but he does come up with hard won wisdom as he wriggles off the hook like an expert.

If you care to look beyond the humor you will discover some pearls of wisdom to hold in reserve for the appropriate time.

He explores the chicken and egg paradox. Which is the cause, and which is the consequence. Do stupid men make women crazy, or do crazy women make men stupid? The answer may surprise you.

Some time ago I had the realisation that attempting to understand female behavior through logic and reason did not work. The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.
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Format: Paperback
When I received my order, books weren't in good conditions. Sheets were cut and the cover too... The corners of the books are even folded... Kind of bad when you want to offer them... They were suppose to be new books... Deceided not to give them for gifts and prefer to do nothing with them...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, very wry, human view of relationships April 19 2010
By A Super Cool Amazon Reviewer Bro - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
The problem with most books diagnosing relationships is that they are cynical and encourage game playing. Women are Crazy, Men Are Stupid (WACMAS) replaces the clinical and calculating with a warm and bemused take on the idiosyncrasies of the opposite sex. It is clear that the authors do think of their partner that they are stupid and crazy respectively--but they are absolutely besotted with their stupid/crazy mate, and can't wait to see what new stupid/crazy thing they will do.

Beyond the warm fuzzies, WACMAS does provide interesting insights into the way in which the opposite sex analyzes and breaks down situations. The authors show how two decent, well-intentioned people can still drive each other crazy with their different approaches to situations. One thinks: how can he be so insensitive?! while the other is busy thinking how can she be so ridiculous!?

Having this book to hand might fend off a fight borne of frustration. It might help to soothe an upset as well.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Hilariously relatable... turns out crazy & stupid need each other! Dec 23 2009
By J. Hensel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This clever laugh-out-loud book, had me devouring the pages as I felt immense relief that other couples had such similar relationship experiences! Turns out I'm not alone in my "crazy" over-analysis of my boyfriend's every statement or action and so relieved that I wasn't the only girl out there falling for "stupid" men who seem to mean so well... we can understand each other if we take a second to look at situations from the other's point of view. You will find yourself constantly laughing at the relatable and often ridiculous relationship situations. Jenny and Howard have truly written a fun and knowledgeable book here and I've recommended it to all my friends!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Relationships: Which came first, crazy or stupid? July 23 2009
By John Williamson - Published on
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Do a pair of young but seasoned television comedy writers have any business at all offering relationship advice to couples?

Read Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid: The Simple Truth to a Complicated Relationship by Howard J. Morris ("Dream On", "Home Improvement") and Jenny Lee ("Samantha Who?") and perhaps you might find the answer... if you're lucky. And even if not, you'll find yourself involved (if not engrossed) in a thoroughly enjoyable read.

The title to this often very witty book comes from a quote:

"Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid."
~ George Carlin

This first appeared (to my recollection) in the comedian Carlin's When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?. Using it as a book title is a stroke of pure comedic genius on the parts of authors Morris and Lee. One can only speculate that the late George Carlin would probably agree, were he to read this book.

And the authors are very funny as they reveal themselves to us within the pages of this witty "he said, she said" dialog between each other. Continuously funny, this book has its own romantic side as well, and luckily for us guys, it's of the tolerable kind... especially when early into it Howard shares such wisdom as: women have boobs, boobs render men stupid, and this in turn drives women crazy.

Hey, Howard said it... yet I for one agree.

And other questions for couples are revealed here, such as why does every conversation with a woman lead back to whether or not she's fat? It's hard to say more here without leaving a few spoilers, so I'll stop here and now.

All humor aside, this is a pretty decent relationship book for couples, be it one to share with another or for a gift for just that perfect pair that many of us know. Don't expect a lot of serious psychological relationship advice here such as you might find in Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, as there are many books available of that genre (often boring, but some not).

This one will surprise you with the way the ongoing dialog goes between authors Howard and Jenny, who happen to be a real couple living together in Los Angeles. Couples, if you have your act together and even the smallest sense of humor, get it and read it as a shared gift. You won't be sorry.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good for a few chuckles and not intended as serious relationship guide. Oct. 15 2009
By D. Chou - Published on
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The authors, Howard J. Morris and Jenny Lee, are writers for comedic TV series and books. They are also in a "complicated relationship". The readers are treated to eleven funny chapters dealing with women crazy/men stupid behaviors. Morris craftily recounts actual incidents (going out, gifts, sports, movies, etc.) where aforementioned behaviors occurred and we are also treated to hilarious "Jenny's Response"/rebuttal segments in each chapter for the female perspective. All this interjected with real, crazy/stupid dialogue between Morris and Lee. There's a lot of random drivel but these two writers obviously see what's funny in relationships and provides humorous instances that most women and men can relate to.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Bridget's Review Jan. 27 2010
By bridget3420 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Men and women have different ideas about how to express their love. When you're a little girl, your parents tell you that when a boy hits you or pulls your hair, it's because they like you. That should have been my first clue that maybe they had a different interpretation of how to show they care. I've always found the human mind fascinating and so I had to read this book. Once you realize that the people in your life have a different perspective, it's a lot easier to accept them for who they are.

It was so funny, I literally spit my drink all over the living room. I was cracking up so loud that my Aunt in California heard me (I live in Kentucky). That's a bit of an exaggeration but I think it helps get the point across that this book was hilarious!