April 12, 2019

Looking Back - Couplehood

Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.

Couplehood by Paul Reiser
1994 Bantam
Finished in June 1998
Rating: 4/5 (Very Good!)

Publisher's Blurb:

In the tradition of the #1 best-seller SeinLanguage, Bantam Books proudly presents the first book by Paul Reiser, television's sharpest, funniest observer of love, marriage and other mysteries of life. A veteran comic performer, Reiser is best-known as the co-creator and star of the highly-rated NBC comedy, Mad About You, which Time magazine called "The season's best new sitcom"in its 1992 debut. Every Thursday night more than twenty million viewers watch as Paul Reiser reveals the most intimate and hilarious scenes of a marriage. Now for the first time, Reiser brings his trademark wit to the page in a book that will delight his eagerly-awaiting audience, and anyone else who has ever fallen in love--or tried not to. In Couplehood, a New York Times bestseller for more than 40 weeks, Reiser reflects on what it means to be half of a couple -- everything from the science of hand holding, to the technique of tag-team storytelling, to the politics of food and why it always seems to come down to chicken or fish.

My Original Notes (1998):

Hilarious! Laugh out loud humor. I loved it. Reminded me a lot of Mad About You. I could relate to so much of what Reiser said in this book. A perfect wedding or anniversary gift. [Really?] Can't wait to read Parenthood [also by Reiser]. 

My Current Thoughts:

I had this book on my shelf for many, many years and tried to read it again a few months ago, but it didn't hold my interest and wasn't nearly as funny as I remember. I wonder if I would feel the same about the TV series. My husband and I didn't watch a lot of sitcoms back in the '90s, but Mad About You was one we always tuned into. Paul and Jamie were so relatable and had such great chemistry together. They cracked me up!

While searching for images for this post, I found out that there might be a revival of the show in a limited series. I know I'll be watching!


  1. Mad About You was one of the best shows ever! I hope they do a revival of the show. I may try to find a copy of the book.

    1. Vicki, I may just have to binge on the the series until the revival. I remember laughing out loud quite a bit!

  2. We loved Mad About You!! I also read this book years ago and remember liking it.

    1. Wasn't it a great show, Juli?! I wonder how I'll like it now, after all these years...


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