Title: You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples
Author: Patricia Marx, illustrated by Roz Chast
Publisher: Celadon Books
ISBN: 978-1-250-22512-2
On Sale Date: 1/14/2020
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

The perfect Valentine’s Day or anniversary gift: An illustrated collection of love and relationship advice from New Yorker writer Patricia Marx, with illustrations from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.
Everyone’s heard the old advice for a healthy relationship: Never go to bed angry. Play hard to get. Sexual favors in exchange for cleaning up the cat vomit is a good and fair trade.

Okay, not that last one. It’s one of the tips in You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples by the authors of Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It: A Mother’s Suggestions. This guide will make you laugh, remind you why your relationship is better than everyone else’s, and solve all your problems.

Nuggets of advice include:

If you must breathe, don’t breathe so loudly.

It is easier to stay inside and wait for the snow to melt than to fight about who should shovel.

Queen-sized beds, king-sized blankets.

Why not give this book to your significant or insignificant other, your anti-Valentine’s Day crusader pal, or anyone who can’t live with or without love?

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Patty shares her relationship witticisms (containing nuggets of wisdom such as Never go to bed angry. Play hard to get. Sexual favors in exchange for cleaning up the cat vomit is a good and fair trade…“), while Roz highlights each one-liner with her classic illustrations. You Can Only Yell At Me For One Thing at a Time is the perfect gift for your significant other, friendly anti-Valentine’s Day crusader, or anyone in your life who wants a good laugh about the absurdity of love.

Roz and Patty will present their hysterical new book with a visual presentation and conversation.

  • Patricia Marx
    Patricia Marx Author

    Patricia Marx has been contributing to ​The New Yorker​ since 1989. She is a former writer for “Saturday Night Live” and “Rugrats,” and is the author of several books. Marx was the first woman elected to the ​Harvard Lampoon​. She has taught screenwriting and humor writing at Princeton, New York University, and Stonybrook University. She was the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship.

  • Roz Chast
    Roz Chast Illustrator

    Roz Chast has loved to draw cartoons since she was a child growing up in Brooklyn. She attended Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in Painting because it seemed more artistic. However, soon after graduating, she reverted to type and began drawing cartoons once again.

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