Off the Shelf: Male Manuals

Here is a collection of books we’ve read and strongly recommend you do too. If you want to buy any of these books, click on the covers and you’ll be redirected to Amazon.

Consider them the manuals ‘men’ never came with.

Why Men Love Bitches, by Sherry Argov

Why Men Love Bitches

Why Men Love Bitches

Do you feel like you are too nice?

Sherry Argov’s Why Men Love Bitches delivers a unique perspective as to why men are attracted to a strong woman who stands up for herself. With saucy detail on every page, this no-nonsense guide reveals why a strong woman is much more desirable than a “yes woman” who routinely sacrifices herself. Sherry provides compelling answers to the tough questions women often ask:

  • Why are men so romantic in the beginning and why do they change?
  • Why do men take nice girls for granted?
  • Why does a man respect a woman when she stands up for herself?

Full of advice, hilarious real-life relationship scenarios, “she says/he thinks” tables, and the unique “Attraction Principles,” Why Men Love Bitches gives you bottom-line answers. It helps you know who you are, stand your ground, and relate to men on a whole new level. Once you’ve discovered the feisty attitude men find so magnetic, you’ll not only increase the romantic chemistry—you’ll gain your man’s love and respect with far less effort.

Why Men Marry Bitches, by Sherry Argov

Why Men Marry Bitches

Why Men Marry Bitches

Why Men Marry Bitches is a sharp-witted manifesto that shows women how to transform a casual relationship into a committed one. Brings something altogether new to the relationship-advice shelves, and explains why being extra nice doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be more devoted. The guide shares real-life ‘no holds barred’ interviews with men who answer to questions such as: Do men deliberately push women’s emotional buttons? Whether you are single, married, recently separated, or just fed up, this is the must-have guide that will show you how to exude confidence, win his heart, and get the love and respect you deserve.

Act Like a Lady – Think Like a Man, by Steve Harvey

Act Like a Lady Think Like a Man

Act Like a Lady – Think Like a Man

Steve Harvey can’t count the number of impressive women he’s met over the years, yet when it comes to relationships, they can’t figure out what makes men tick. Why? According to Steve, it’s because they’re asking other women for advice when no one but another man can tell them how to find and keep a man. In Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Steve lets women inside the mindset of a man and sheds lights on must-know advice and questions such as how to spot a mama’s boy and when to introduce the kids.

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, by John Gray

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

The legendary relationships guide that mothers recommend to their daughters, friends give as gifts and brothers steal from their sisters, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus is the definitive book on having a happy relationship.

Gray’s insights into how to allow your other half to “pull away” like an elastic band, prevent your emotional baggage from polluting your current relationship, and translate the phrases of the opposite sex are as relevant now as when they were first published.

With straightforward, honest writing from that precious male perspective, Gray unlocks the secrets hidden in your partner’s words and actions to enable you both to reach true mutual understanding and a lifetime of love.

Mars and Venus On a Date, by John Gray

Mars and Venus on a Date

Mars and Venus on a Date

From first look and first date to first fight, breaking up and making up, the world of dating can be a minefield for the unprepared. John Gray turns his expertise to the language and behaviour of dating couples. Asking questions such as:

  • How should you act on your first date?
  • How can you tell if your partner means what he says?
  • Is this love or just lust at first sight?

John Gray helps new couples figure out whether they are partners for life or just enjoying a brief encounter. His approach will help both men and women play the dating game with its complex rules of etiquette and behaviour, and explains how to separate fact from fantasy in conversation, body language and future expectations.

He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys, by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo

He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

He’s Just Not That Into You—based on a popular episode of Sex and the City—is tough love advice for otherwise smart women on how to tell when a guy just doesn’t like them enough, so they can stop wasting time making excuses for a dead-end relationship. It’s the best relationship advice you’ll ever receive.

For ages, women have come together over coffee, cocktails, or late-night phone chats to analyze the puzzling behavior of men.

  • He’s afraid to get hurt again.
  • Maybe he doesn’t want to ruin the friendship.
  • Maybe he’s intimidated by me.
  • He just got out of a relationship.

Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo are here to say that—despite good intentions—you’re wasting your time. Men are not complicated, although they’d like you to think they are. And there are no mixed messages.

The truth may be, He’s just not that into you.

Unfortunately, guys are too terrified to ever directly tell a woman, “You’re not the one.” But their actions absolutely show how they feel.

Reexamining familiar scenarios and classic mindsets that keep us in unsatisfying relationships, Behrendt and Tuccillo’s wise and wry understanding of the sexes spares women hours of waiting by the phone, obsessing over the details with sympathetic girlfriends, and hoping his mixed messages really mean, “I’m in love with you and want to be with you.”

He’s Just Not That Into You knows you’re a beautiful, smart, funny woman who deserves better. The next time you feel the need to start “figuring him out,” consider the glorious thought that maybe, He’s just not that into you. And then set yourself loose to go find the one who is.

It’s Called a Break-up Because It’s Broken, by Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt

It's Called a Break-up Because it's Broken

It’s Called a Break-up Because It’s Broken

Co-author of the multi-million plus copy bestseller ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’, Greg Behrendt gives us another hilarious, wry and wise take on relationships and how to move on when one goes sour.

‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ is more than a book. It’s a revolution. The phrase has now entered the language: ads, newspaper headlines and spin-off spoof books.

‘It’s Called A Break-up Because It’s Broken’ promises to do this and more. It will help you get over anyone and move on. Behrendt’s voice is unique – combining tell-it-like-it-is advice with humour and the ‘guy’s eye view’. The book is filled with solid advice to help you let go of your ex – for example: ‘It’s 3 am, the bottle of wine is empty, do you really want to make that call?’

Each insightful chapter is complemented with a Q-and-A with Greg on what he’s thinking, case studies, and games. Greg and Amiira tackle tough issues such as break-up sex, how not to lose your friends during a break-up, and 10 great places to cry. It’s the ultimate read and reference for anyone who has ever been in a relationship.

The Rules, by Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider

The Rules: Time-tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right

The Rules: Time-tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right

The Rules, the phenomenal bestsellers that captured the interest of millions of readers in search of Mr. Right. The Rules, is a way of dating that really works. Unlike other books and philosophies that preach “do whatever you want” and “anything goes,” The Rules offers a concrete set of do’s and don’ts so you can actually land the guy of your dreams.

Dating Without Drama, eBook by Paige Parker

Dating Without Drama

Dating Without Drama

Paige Parker covers topics like how to meet men, getting a guy to ask you out, first dating tips, post-date drama, The Calling Game decoded, deciding if he is “boyfriend material,” showing him you’re “girlfriend material,” getting intimate, meeting the friends/family and getting serious.

What the Hell is He Thinking? By Zoe Strimpel

What the Hell is He Thinking?

What the Hell is He Thinking?

Having spent a good part of her post-pubescent life picking apart dating dilemmas with her girlfriends over cocktails, Zoe Strimpel decided it was time to do something once and for all about the mystery that is the male mind.

  • What does he think if I sleep with him on the first date?
  • Why is he possessive even when he isn’t all that into me?
  • What does it mean when he won’t call me his girlfriend?
  • Why does he freak out when I leave my stuff at his house?
  • What the HELL is He Thinking?

So, instead of moping about in the Mars/Venus divide, Zoe did something completely crazy: she talked to actual guys, getting them to explain the tales of confusion that she had gathered from her friends. And – would you believe – they had a lot of gems to offer. So while she had their attention, she also asked them the Eighty Questions You Most Want Men to Answer.

Treat Them Mean and Keep Them Keen, by Gerry Stergiopoulos

Treat Them Mean and Keep Them Keen

Treat Them Mean and Keep Them Keen

‘I look at the way some women behave when they’re dating, and I’m sorry girls, but it’s an absolute car crash. The rules of successful dating are simple, but I bet you’ve been breaking them all.’

After seeing too many of his female friends left all dressed up with nowhere to go, Gerry Stergiopoulos, every woman’s ultimate best gay friend, has gone on a quest to understand why so many fabulous women have a catastrophic love life.

Treat Them Mean and Keep Them Keen is the only dating book that gives it to you straight: it tells you what to hide and just how much to reveal, what to do and when to do it. You might be shocked at what Gerry suggests – but his advice works.

The Manual: A True Bad Boy Explains How Men think, Date and Mate – and What Women Can Do to Come Out on Top, by Steve Santagati

The Manual: A True Bad Boy Explains How Men Think, Date, and Mate - and What Women Can Do to Come Out on Top

The Manual: A True Bad Boy Explains How Men Think, Date, and Mate – and What Women Can Do to Come Out on Top

How many times have you and your friends asked one another these questions without ever coming up with any good answers? Your girlfriends just tell you what you want to hear. At the end of the day, the only person who can give you insight into man problems is—that’s right—a man! But guys have hidden agendas. What guy would give up all his dating advantages by spilling the goods?

Steve Santagati would. A self-confessed serial dater and Bad Boy, Steve is telling all for the benefit of womankind. Every guy is at least part Bad Boy, and in The Manual, this prime specimen reveals what every woman needs to know to counter Bad Boy tactics, both amateur and professional. Steve is never condescending or callous, but honest, perceptive, and street-smart. His guidance is straightforward and his insights are dead-on, giving women tools they can immediately put to work.

Why learn from a Bad Boy instead of, say, a psychologist? Because there’s no replacement for “in the field” experience. You’ll benefit from (and laugh at) stories of real things Steve has done in relationships with women as well as of women turning the tables on him when he least expected it. The book also includes a question-and-answer section, in which Steve explores some of the toughest dating issues.

The Man Manual: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Your Man, by Dr. Linda Papadopoulos

The Man Manual: Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Your Man

The Man Manual: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Your Man

Whether you’re dating, in the very first stages of romance, in a steady relationship or really committed, if there’s a man in your life, you need The Man Manual.

Starting from the premise that men and women think, feel and behave differently in relationships, psychologist Dr Linda draws on her huge experience as resident psychologist at Cosmopolitan to bring you insight into the most common difficulties women experience when trying to deal with men. If you’ve ever wondered why he still wants to see his ex or even just why he won’t do the washing up when you’ve asked him to fifty times, nicely, this is the book for you. Here are the realistic, frank and funny answers to all the questions that drive you mad about men.

Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know, by Barbara De Angelis

Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know

Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know

Have you ever noticed that one woman who effortlessly gets along with men without even trying? She’s in a loving relationship, banters with her male colleagues and is close to her brothers. Every woman deserves to be that woman. Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know, shows you how.

Discover men’s top twenty turn-offs, how to become a better lover without being a doormat, and close the gap between what men say and what they really mean.

Are You the One for Me? Knowing Who’s Right and Avoiding Who’s Wrong, by Barbara De Angelis

Are You the One for Me? Knowing Who's Right and Avoiding Who's Wrong

Are You the One for Me? Knowing Who’s Right and Avoiding Who’s Wrong

The book to help you find and keep the right partner and make love last. Barbara De Angelis reveals everything you need to know about compatibility and shows you how to create the fulfilling relationship you deserve whether you are:

  • Married, and wondering if you could be happier.
  • Single, and wondering how to avoid another wrong partner.
  • In love, and wondering whether your partner is the right one for you.

With powerful advice and groundbreaking techniques, Dr. De Angelis will show you the formula for creating love that lasts, and help you to understand yourself and the one you love as you never have before. Discover:

  • How to avoid making the biggest mistakes in love.
  • The six essential qualities to look for in a mate.
  • How to spot fatal flaws in a partner.
  • How to create the sexual chemistry you want.

Cracking the Code of the Egyptian Relationshit: An Insight into the Complicated World of Marriage and Dating in the Confusing Egyptian Society, by Imz Khattab

Cracking the Code of the Egyptian Relationshit: An Insight into the Complicated World of Marriage and Dating in the Confusing Egyptian Society

Cracking the Code of the Egyptian Relationshit: An Insight into the Complicated World of Marriage and Dating in the Confusing Egyptian Society

Meant as a guide for Egyptian men and women to understand what goes wrong in relationships and how to fix them; this book is a self-help relationship book. It’s marketed to target Egyptians, but most of the tips can apply to anyone worldwide.

Cracking the Code of the Egyptian Relationshit (no, that’s not a typo) is divided into 20 sections; ten sections about ’The Convicts‘: men’s worst personality types and how to avoid them, and the other ten are about ’The Sinners’: annoying habits that women have and how to fix them to become more desirable to men. These sections are divided into several subsections about how to deal with the person, danger signs, how to get out of the relationship and the ’scientific and psychological explanation‘ section.

The book is available in most major bookstores in Egypt: Diwan, Virgin, Alef and Bookspot.

How to Mend Your Broken Heart: Overcome Emotional Pain at the End of a Relationship, by Paul McKenna and Hugh Willbourn

How to Mend Your Broken Heart: Overcome Emotional Pain at the End of a Relationship

How to Mend Your Broken Heart: Overcome Emotional Pain at the End of a Relationship

Almost everyone, at one time or another, is affected by a broken heart. But how can we cope with this most personal of traumas? Hypnotist Paul McKenna and psychotherapist Dr Hugh Willbourn show how to cope with the grief which can accompany the break-up of a relationship. How to Mend Your Broken Heart is packed with simple, highly effective, practical techniques which will make you feel better fast, and bring about lasting change.

Men Who Can’t Love: How to Recognise a Commitmentphobic Man Before He Breaks Your Heart

Men Who Can't Love: How to Recognize a Commitmentphobic Man before He Breaks Your Heart

Men Who Can’t Love: How to Recognize a Commitment-phobic Man Before He Breaks Your Heart

This is the classic relationship book that looks at the dynamics of male-female communication and gets to the heart of the all-too-common phenomenon: women who are ready and willing to commit, and men who back off just as the relationship moves toward the next level. This book can help you to:

  • Recognise early warning signs of the commitment-phobic man;
  • Determine the extent of his fears — and his willingness to change;
  •  Analyse your own role in the situation;
  • Avoid unnecessary stress and heartache.

 Women Who Love Too Much, by Robin Norwood

Women Who Love Too Much

Women Who Love Too Much

Is having ‘somebody to love’ the most important thing in your life? Do you constantly believe in Mr Right, and that being with him would guarantee you would no longer feel depressed or lonely? Are you bored with ‘nice guys’ who are open, honest and dependable?

If being in love means being in pain, this book was written for you. Relationship and marriage therapist Robin Norwood describes loving too much as a pattern of thoughts and behaviour, which certain women develop as a response to problems from childhood.

Many women find themselves repeatedly drawn into unhappy and destructive relationships with men. They then struggle to make these doomed relationships work. This relationship self-help book investigates and reveals how powerfully addictive these unhealthy relationships are – but also gives a very specific programme for recovery from the disease of loving too much, a problem that plagues women everywhere.

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