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Listen Up, Ladies! Our Read It Like a Man Series Debuts

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It’s a proven scientific fact that women spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year on books designed to help them understand what makes men tick. Most of these titles are centered around a clumsy, soft-in-the-middle, oft-hungover, low-level filing clerk who gets whisked away by a handsome, Master-of-the-Universe type, only to realize that the smitten dry cleaner holds the key to her heart. The moral of the “chick lit” story is yes, there's a man out there who will let you eat, pray, and love to your stomach’s, soul’s and heart’s content.

Enjoy the Cinderella fantasy, ladies. But know this: None of these books will teach you a damn thing about men. If you seek enlightenment on the simple creature known as “dude,” then you need to read as they read.

We're not talking about books that you wish they would read – or worse, ones you thrust upon them. Those books suck and should be thrown into a Glenn-Beck-book-burning pyre. (Quick FYI: If your fella is currently reading Glenn Beck’s Arguing With Idiots, Steve Harvey’s Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man or Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, you should probably blog it on down the road. Nothing to see here. No hard feelings.)

But if you want to understand the apes, you’ve got to go into the jungle, which is where I come in. I will be your Jane Goodall, bringing you a deeper understanding of the literary monkeys. Each week, I’ll suggest three titles to help explain men, or at least men like me. My qualifications? I’ve been both a male and an avid reader for as long as I can remember. It's also important to know that it’s been a lifelong dream of mine to turn “wasting yet another afternoon on the couch with Philip Roth” into “smart career move”.

Chapter One is one the way.

Bookmark me.

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