The Guy Book
An Owner's Manual: Maintenance, Safety, and Operating Instructions for Boys
By Mavis Jukes
(Crown Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780679890287, 160pp.)
Publication Date: January 8, 2002
List Price: $12.95*
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Mavis Jukes is the queen of girl talk, but this time she’s set her sights on the guys. Told in the author’s usual straightforward, funny, favorite-aunt style, The Guy Book delivers sound information and useful advice for boys preparing to go through, or in the midst of, puberty. Boys will find specific information on a variety of subjects, from getting rid of acne to buying birth control to finding help for depression. Answering questions that are too embarrassing to ask, dealing with guy-basics like tying a tie, being a good friend, and essential dating dos and don’ts, this is a must-have for boys who want to get the facts, be in control, and learn how to make informed choices.
I have lived on a small ranch in northern California for 32 years. I have two great stepsons and two great daughters. For the past two years, I have been writing lyrics for country songs, fulfilling the not-so-secret dream I've had ever since my book "No One is Going to Nashville "was published in 1983. Now that my kids are grown, I spend all of my spare time out on the high desert plains under the big skies with my husband, Bob, where we drive out on lonesome, two-rut roads to hunt for rocks, twisted wire, and rusty, shot-up buckets and cans. And to rustle up ideas and images: for books, songs, and artwork. Bob is a sculptor who incorporates found objects in his work. I am his biggest fan, lifelong companion, and partner in the hunt. He's an art cowboy who wears J.B. Hill boots with stars on the tops and a Stetson with a bent brim. I've been getting a lot of ideas and inspiration from Bob, beginning with "No One is Going to Nashville "and "Like Jake and Me "and continuing right on up through "Smoke". So, thanks, Bob!