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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (81,887 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Melissa Bank Narrator: Melissa Bank Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 1999 ISBN: 9781429592307
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Hailed by critics as the debut of a major literary voice, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing has captivated readers and dominated bestseller lists. Generous-hearted and wickedly insightful, it maps the progress of Jane Rosenal as she sets out on a personal and spirited expedition through the perilous terrain of sex, love, relationships, and the treacherous waters of the workplace. With an unforgettable comic touch, Bank skillfully teases out universal issues, puts a clever, new spin on the mating dance, and captures in perfect pitch what it's like to be a young woman coming of age in America today. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Charming and funny. The New York Times
     
  • As hilarious as Girls’ Guide is, there’s a wise, serious core here. The Wall Street Journal
  • A sexy, pour-your-heart-out, champagne tingle of a read—thoughtful, wise, and tell-all honest. Bank’s is a voice that you’ll remember for years to come. Cosmopolitan
  • Believe the hype: Jane’s touching (but unsentimental) career and love trials ring true. Glamour
  • Bank writes like John Cheever, but funnier. Los Angeles Times
  • Crafted by a gifted writer, a descendant from the school of restraint whose grandfather is Hemingway and whose father is the early Raymond Carver. The presiding mother figure is Lily Tomlin. The News and Observer
  • Only a few authors have successfully blended the compressed nature of short prose with the novel’s greater panorama of character. Melissa Bank brings similar energy and style to her new book. Chicago Tribune
  • “I read the first chapter and thought, ‘Wait, I know this girl.’ By the second, I realized she was my friend. She did all the things that good friends do: she made me laugh, she made me weep, and when I closed the book at the end of the day, I knew I’d never forget her. Ruth Ozeki, New York Times bestselling author of A Tale for the Time Being and My Year of Meats
  • Courageous and wise, as heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny as only the most deeply true fiction can be. Melissa Bank writes with a fine eye, a clean voice, and a generous heart. Pam Houston, bestselling author of Sight Hound and Cowboys are My Weakness
  • A compassionate comedy of manners, pitch-perfect . . . Bank’s people are fully realized and, just like us, fond, foolish, blind, and wise by turns and in ways both tenderly familiar and refreshingly odd. Amy Bloom, New York Times bestselling author of Away and Lucky Us
  • Melissa Bank accomplishes that hardest of simple things: She shows life as it is—and makes it readable. The Washington Post Book World
  • Writing literature that mixes comedy and tragedy in the proper amounts is not an easy task. Only a handful of contemporary writers (Joseph Heller, Ann Tyler, and John Irving come to mind) can do it with any success. Whether dealing with serious issues or mundane, Bank proves that she has what it takes to stand in such august company. The Denver Post

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leena | 2/15/2014

    " Loved it. More for women than men. Very fast read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katarina Daroshca | 2/8/2014

    " I am not sure why this book received the hype it did. Does Melissa just have fabulous publishing connections? The book teaches you nothing except that love is sometimes difficult (no brainstorm there). Jane doesn't experience most of the love traumas most women do. None of the men up and leave her. None really cheat on her (there's one maybe brief moment of infidelity) or abuse her. They all seem to adore her, perhaps in their limited way, but adore her nonetheless. And she always leaves them. Why then does she need to buy and follow Meeting and Marrying Mr. Right? Her problem isn't that she can't keep a man. Her problem is that she's not choosing her men wisely. Actually, her men reflect her own ambivilance about her life goals. The solution doesn't lie in better relationship games but in figuring out what she really wants in life. I will give her credit for writing a very quick read but an only mildly entertaining read. The writing style is light with some snappy one-liners. The one highlight in the book is her relationship with her father. But it's definately not a realistic look at relationships in the 90s -- unless you're dating men who take you on great trips to St. Croix and men older than your father. If you must read it, wait until the paperback. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/5/2014

    " To be fair, I read this a long time ago and don't remember much about it. It definitely did not stick with me. It did not make a vivid impression. I would place it in the "fluff" category. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naj Lee | 2/4/2014

    " Could have been better. The last part was really interesting. Maybe if that was the main plot of the book, the story would have been a better read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Flowers | 1/28/2014

    " so good, like Sex and The City but a tiny bit classier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 1/25/2014

    " average book. I didn't like it at first and later realized I was pouring through the pages. very quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allie O'shea | 1/21/2014

    " It wasn't until the end that I began enjoying the book. Ended on a great note. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janeene | 1/20/2014

    " I remember reading this while flying to DC for a meeting - and laughing out loud while reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krystle Smith | 1/10/2014

    " I didn't love this book it was an alright read wouldn't recommend to another "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanie | 1/6/2014

    " I enjoyed this the first time I read it years ago - when I went to re-read it more recently, I didn't enjoy it as much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/3/2014

    " I read this book my first year out of college and had high expectations because of the reviews but was left disappointed. Now that I am a little bit older I might give it another try, but honestly I totally forgot I had read it till I saw a friend had reviewed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annette | 11/20/2013

    " didnt really care for this book, wouldnt recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elle Lapraim | 9/24/2013

    " This is one of my all time faves. I need to get it in paperback and have it forever. I recommend this book a lo. It is laugh out loud funny and I love to go back and read it again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joelle Anthony | 8/8/2013

    " I have never met a collection of short stories that I LIKED, so this was a pleasant surprise. If I'd known it was short stories, I would've skipped it, but I got hooked before I realized it. I still don't really know why I liked it so much, but it was funny and touching and I just did. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rhica | 6/19/2013

    " I bought this book for a $1. I expected nothing great. It wasn't, though there was wit in every paragraph that I enjoyed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth Owosina | 4/4/2013

    " Fairly disappointing. I just didn't enjoy reading about this woman's problems and mistakes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurah | 4/3/2013

    " a great pick from my book club "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trish | 3/16/2013

    " Didn't care for this book. The movie is called Suburban Girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbi Dion | 12/30/2012

    " a really important book to me, personally. engaging. sad. honest. more than just "chick lit" or "beach reading" or "literary fiction for women" -- this is an excellent book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Hayes | 11/30/2012

    " The best quote in the book: "I'm just a truthball, searching for goof" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johanna Lomuljo | 9/23/2012

    " Even though tingin ko sobrang sick na pumatol siya doon sa matandang guy, nakakaaliw pa rin ang book na to. Dito ko rin nakuha ang definition ko ng love: Love is the greatest suspension of disbelief. hihi "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 7/10/2012

    " I found this book at a time in my life where it fit perfectly. I loved Bank's measured wit and her situational irony. Good read. Fun. A bit of a beach-read. . . but there's nothing wrong with that! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doris | 6/10/2012

    " Very cute book about finding love. A quick but well-written read with substance and humor. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 3/21/2012

    " I really identified with the main character. There was a chapter in there that seemed misplaced with her story, but it still held me to the end. Reading it was like reading a friend's story and you wanted her to end up happy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cydni | 1/17/2012

    " It was a fun read, but nothing really stood out to me that would make me really want to read again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgia | 10/15/2011

    " I'm kind of left thinking...so what? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crista | 7/3/2011

    " Read, but can barely remember it! I remember liking it, though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 5/10/2011

    " Dry. Sarcastic. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian | 4/29/2011

    " Read this in about 3 days. Wasn't really sure what to expect, but I felt an instant kinship with Jane from the start. I like that it shows that not all relationships were meant to last and that's ok. I just wish the book were longer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elle | 4/28/2011

    " This is one of my all time faves. I need to get it in paperback and have it forever. I recommend this book a lo. It is laugh out loud funny and I love to go back and read it again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 4/27/2011

    " I loved this book. I had it for years and I'm so glad I finally read it! I had my college aged daughter read it too and she also loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johanna | 4/25/2011

    " Even though tingin ko sobrang sick na pumatol siya doon sa matandang guy, nakakaaliw pa rin ang book na to. Dito ko rin nakuha ang definition ko ng love: Love is the greatest suspension of disbelief. hihi "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gennielc | 4/21/2011

    " This book is supposed to be about a book editor, and it's one of the most poorly written books I've seen published. Horrid! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 4/21/2011

    " I read this in college and it made a lot of sense to me then. Melissa Bank is straightforward and brings her characters to life. A story about finding yourself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridgette | 4/11/2011

    " It was ok, there are some parts that may be funnier to other people but if you know about medicine some of it just sounds dumb. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Merissa | 4/11/2011

    " All girls like to cry
    must be the PMS -- not.
    bored, Jane was a wuss.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 4/8/2011

    " I absolutely love this book! "

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