Doofus and Darling's Manners for the Modern Man (Hardcover)

A Handy Guide for Today's Ambiguous Etiquette Situations

By David Hoffman, Mark Zingarelli (Illustrator)

Black Dog & Leventhal, 9781579127930, 112pp.

Publication Date: April 8, 2009

List Price: 12.95*
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Look out, Doofus! It's time to learn a thing or two about becoming a Darling. This wildly entertaining book presents the dos and don'ts of adult predicaments?such as proper etiquette for the morning after, sharing household chores, and making smart decisions?with a breezy and sly humor.

No longer do men have to wonder whether they're supposed to call after the first date, what the protocol is for leaving the seat up or down, or how to deal with a gift they hate. Doofus and Darling combines witty text and edgy illustrations in an uproarious collection of good (and bad) manners for a new generation of social situations.

Every aspect of men's behavior that women complain about, such as "Self-control and lack of it," "Learning good work habits," "Paying attention," and "Being sincere," is addressed here with a nudge and a wink. Hilarious as well as helpful, this collection is a perfect gift for any man who says he wants to make a woman happy?and for every woman who wants to commiserate with her friends.

About the Author

David Hoffman is the author of numerous books on popular culture, including Kid stuff: Great Toys From Our Childhood and The Breakfast Cereal Gourmet.  He has written for several television series, worked as a feature reporter for ABC and FOX, and served as a contributing correspondent to Good Morning America and other daytime talk shows.  He minds his manners in Los Angeles. 

Mark Zingarelli works out of his studio, The House of Zing. His illustrations have appeared in New York magazine.