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How to Remodel a Man: Tips and Techniques on Accomplishing Something You Know Is Impossible but Want to Try Anyway

How to Remodel a Man: Tips and Techniques on Accomplishing Something You Know Is Impossible but Want to Try Anyway [Kindle Edition]

W. Bruce Cameron
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"Make[s] the reader laugh out loud."--"USA"" Today""An entertaining trip..."--"Toronto"" Star""It's a book only Cameron could write.... Down to earth and funny, funny, funny."-- The National Society of Newspaper Columnists"[A] hilarious, tongue-in-cheek read."--"Toronto"" Sun"

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Current research suggests there is a large group of people who have been trying to change men. For want of a better term, let's call these people "women."

Their urge is understandable. We've all had to take measures to accommodate men, because they are involved in nearly every aspect of modern life except maybe housework and they like to run things like corporate meetings and the planet. The only other alternative has been to try to avoid men altogether, which is pretty hard to do if you are interested in stuff like reproduction or having your oil changed.

That's why How to Remodel a Man is so indispensable-it is a clear, step-by-step guide for anyone who wants to alter the character and behavior of a man, written by an actual man. Author W. Bruce Cameron provides startling insight into male pattern thinking, explaining why men can open a refrigerator and not see the mayonnaise, or how it is that they can throw dirty clothes at the hamper or in front of the hamper or even on top of the hamper and yet not seem capable of getting any of it in the hamper.

Normally, changing a man has certain obstacles, including, but not limited to, the fact that it is impossible. But Cameron is able to overcome this hindrance because he, himself, has been remodeled. In a move so bold it may be shocking to people unaccustomed to such personal courage, Cameron turned himself over to the women in his life and asked them to change him. It started with a list of his flaws (Cameron came up with four; the women came up with one hundred seventy eight) and ended with him writing How to Remodel a Man, so that others could learn from his experience.

If you're a woman, you'll be amazed to learn that men can be trained to perform all sorts of tricks, like using the instruments on the sides of their heads (the ears) to listen to you, and the space between those instruments to think about you.

If you're a man, you've been given this book so that you'll see that it's possible to watch television without holding the remote or to ask for directions from strangers without suffering a catastrophic loss of testosterone. Cameron changed, and you can too.

How to Remodel a Man is the essential guide for anyone in the awkward position of having to interact with a person of the male gender.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (29 Sep 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C2RVQ5W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,453 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 18 Mar 2005
In this hilarious book, W. Bruce Cameron (author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter) turns his attention to men. Men succeed in driving about half the population of the world crazy (women), and in this book, Mr. Cameron gives the reader an insight into male thinking, and gives concrete suggestions on how to remodel the man in your life.
Bruce Cameron is a hilarious author, and this book is another feather in his cap! If you like 8 Simple Rules, and its offbeat humor, then you will love this book, as I did. Just make sure you keep it out of the hands of the woman in your life! (I keep mine at work, so that she'll never see it.) Seriously, I loved this book, and highly recommend it to you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny 15 Mar 2014
By Ruth
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Also very well written, I laughed out loud in places. Not a serious book on man remodelling because obviously that's an impossible task, but really funny.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 would be's pretty good 4 Oct 2004
By J. C Clark - Published on
Do you get Bruce's e-mail newsletter? Have you read his former book? Then this book will be familiar, possibly a tad too familiar. While there is much to like, and even many laugh-out-loud moments, there is also a feeling that the new, Hollywood Bruce has misplaced the family soul that once made his writing so delightful. Divorced from the wife that played such an important role in his previous writing, living in LA and working as a writer on the show 8 Rules, Bruce has made it. And also lost it. There is a pervasive feeling throughout this book of "product", something created and packaged and marketed by the same people who make all those movies about people I've never met, doing jobs that look nothing like reality. Yes, humans play the roles, and quite likely humans even wrote the stories, but those humans are unlike those who live elsewhere on this planet. Good imitations, but synthetic nevertheless.

The best writing, the stuff that demonstrates Bruce is an author and not just a humorist, is not the contrived and goofy discussions with his man pals, funny though they sometimes are, but the writing about his youthful longings and painful struggles at Teen Town. That was excellent. Good, solid, heartfelt writing. Wish there'd been more.

Bruce is a funny guy, quotable, clever, and adept at playing the Woody Allen "I hit him in the knee with my groin" kind of humor. But a little of that goes a long way for me, and this book exceeds "little" by quite a distance. So, while lots to enjoy in this book, it feels much less "real" than his earlier work.

And to those who quibble that Bruce is not Dave Barry. Well, he's not. And Dave Barry's not Jerome K. Jerome. So what? Either a guy is good, or not. Dave can be very funny (and can be pretty lame as well.) So can Bruce. Enjoy it for what it is.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud <LOL> 9 Dec 2004
By Kipsy Marlowe - Published on
<LOL!> Buy this book ONLY if you want to "Laugh Out Loud." It has page after page of hilarious "helpful hints" -- ammunition for the ongoing battle of the sexes -- presented in a sillier, softer format, yet with a sly masculine slant. Chock-ful of light-hearted answers to everyday questions, like why a guy would want to go to a ball game in the snow wearing nothing but green greasepaint, the amusing text turns turns guff into guffaw. The author's comparison to the "map of Wyoming" is a pretty astute observation about what really goes on inside the male brain. On the flipside, the over-the-top mirth level takes some of the pain out of how much giving birth really hurts. Each chapter gets funnier. Presented ingenuously, the Seinfeld-like absurdity of everyday gender-specific topics forces readers to remind ourselves to laugh at/with, rather than leave, the significant other. I laughed so hard at the teaching the dog not to fart part that I dropped the book, and found my page again somewhere between wry and "way-witty." This writer is not just hilarious, he's absolutely hysterical! This Cameron dude takes humor writing to a whole new level. There's only one drawback: Jolly as it is, reading this book is a teensy bit sad because it makes you miss Erma Bombeck's newspaper column. I wish he would write a column for the major syndicates so we could pick up the newspaper and have a new laugh every day.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book cracks me up! 18 Dec 2004
By Pippi - Published on
I was in desperate need of a good laugh when I picked up this book, and it truly did the trick. It allowed me to laugh at the differences between men and women, instead of taking them so darn seriously. While the narrator is truly clueless, Bruce Cameron is obviously NOT. He gets men, women and he urges all of us to laugh instead of overanalyze, nag and nit-pick. It helps to be reminded that men are silly creatures with hearts of gold.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and absolutely true!! 11 Oct 2004
By A.P. Jordan - Published on
Laughed until I cried...can't decide which I like better, his meetings with his children in 8 Simple Rules or this book, which talks about men's inability to ask for directions, find things in the fridge, etc. Great book to read a little each night before bed or to give as a gift. What a great Christmas present for DAD, HUSBAND, BOYFRIEND, ADULT SON, Etc. I can't wait for his next one.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved This Book! 4 Oct 2004
By Tired Mom of Three - Published on
I loved this book because it made fun of guys, but made me like guys all the more in the end. It seems like so often these books are written by women who don't like guys very much and they leave me feeling sad.

Also, it is so full of laugh out loud hilarious stuff that my husband kept grabbing it away from me in bed, because I kept laughing so hard. What was great was that he thought all the stuff about what goofballs men are was funny too!

Every woman dreams of actual being able to remodel their man, and surprisingly this book actually provides some insights into the way men think that could help you get along with your guy better. But in the end, I liked the message that the best way to get a guy to act the way you'd like is to love him, and then he'll automatically want to try and please you.

Everybody always wants to bash men, but because this writer is so brutally honest about his own bad habits and flaws, it kind of made me see the guy's side of the picture. It also seems like he genuinely likes women, and thinks we are more evolved, which is of course true.

I think this book would be a great gift for a girlfriend whose just gone through a breakup, because in the end, it would make her feel that no way is the perfect guy out there, but a real guy is out there, and real guys aren't perfect, but they are doing their best, flawed creatures that they are.
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