1) I Love You Even Though…
by Rebecca M. Schuler and Christine W. Regan (Andrews McMeel Publishing)
Admit it–sometimes we just don’t get where our better half is coming from. Are 23 pairs of black heels–each varying in heel height, number of straps, and degrees of self-inflicted foot pain–really necessary? Does a $5,000 Bose stereo system qualify as a “home improvement”? Inside I Love You Even Though . . . , coauthors Rebecca Murray Schuler and Christine Wiesedeppe-Regan offer nearly 50 sarcastic insights on romantic rapport paired with charming, edgy line-drawn illustrations. Perfectly timed for Cupid Day gift-giving, guys and gals will find that all the important relationship topics are covered: lawn mowing, ESPN’s SportsCenter, her propensity to collect shoes in varying hues of black, and his ability to quote entire scenes from The Godfather but always forget three items on the grocery list. Although Schuler and Wiesedeppe-Regan indicate that debates will rage over the culinary merits of stuffing a beer can up a chicken’s bottom and the fine line between talking, asking, and nagging, one thing remains certain, unequivocal, and dependable–that thing is love.Sample entries include: I love you even though . . .
* You can effortlessly organize a fantasy football draft involving 12 guys, 6 cases of beer, 8 pizzas, and 5 orders of Buffalo wings, but forget to make dinner reservations for our anniversary.
* You don’t understand the financial and emotional disparity between “Coach” being printed on a handbag and “Coach” being printed on an airline ticket.
* You declare that G.I. Joe is not a doll, but rather an American icon embodying man’s primal need for social order and homeland security.
* You consider camouflage a color.
* Even though you sometimes don’t get me and I sometimes don’t get you…I love you.
by Nick Galifianakis (Andrews McMeel Publishing)
Everyone knows the only thing more painful than relationships is not having them–or is it the other way around? Whatever, says author and cartoonist Nick Galifianakis. In his first book, If You Loved Me, You’d Think This Was Cute: Uncomfortably True Cartoons About You, he makes the case that either way, the only recourse is to embrace our frailties and laugh.
Taken from Carolyn Hax’s nationally syndicated advice column, this compilation spins the pain of dating, mothers-in-law, “beneficial” friends and more into … the pain of self-recognition. The intricately drawn pen-and-ink panels and pointed captions explore some of life’s most uncomfortable truths, exposing the humanity in our mistakes, the underbelly of our triumphs and the sheer heroism of trying and trying again.
Throughout this character study of men and women (and the dogs who love them), Galifianakis mines our hopes and insecurities for a unifying truth: If we can’t laugh at ourselves, he’ll do it for us.
“Nick snuck me into my first comedy club when I was only a back-acned teenager. The back acne went away but the comedy stuck. I know that last sentence sounds like a lyric from a Joan Baez song, but trust me, it’s original.” –Zach Galifianakis, from the foreword
“Nick’s cartoons are funny, witty, and smart. But what makes them so special are how universal and true they are, making the laughs they bring all the more poignant. Relationships, in all their glory, have never been captured quite so succinctly and with such charm.” –Amy B. Harris, writer/producer for Sex and the City
“Nick Galifianakis understands relationships unbelievably well, for a guy. My guess is he actually menstruates.” –Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Washington Post humor columnist