The Lonely Guy and the Slightly Older Guy

Author(s): Bruce Jay Friedman
Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2007
Product Number: EB00641294
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802197429
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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The New York Times–bestselling author finds the pulse of the aging American male in two ingeniously funny novels. "I just laughed myself sick" (Neil Simon). Two classic works of comic self-help fiction by "one of the funniest writers in America" available together for the first time in a single ebook edition (John Gregory Dunne). With its "sparkling . . . winsome and true" look at the single male in America—from his sad new apartment furnishings to his career struggles to the mystifying dating world—Bruce Jay Friedman's The Lonely Guy's Book of Life was as cringingly relatable to both men and women when it was first published in 1978 as is today (The New York Times Book Review). The inspiration for Steve Martin's classic cult film comedy, The Lonely Guy, it was hailed as "the funniest book of this year, or most any other. You don't close this book. You just start reading it again immediately. I loved every page–and laughed out loud on most of them" (Dan Jenkins, author of Semi-Tough and Dead Solid Perfect). Twenty years later, Friedman returned to the subject with The Slightly Older Guy, finding his quarry no longer alone, maybe a little less lonely, not so young anymore, faltering at fashion, pondering a new career, but just as resiliently witty. Featuring a new afterword, The Considerably Older Guy offers advice on such topics as divorce, grandchildren, exercise, diet, and insomnia. "If you believe in reading, then when a book comes along by Friedman, you have to read it. It's as simple as that" (The Washington Post Book World).