I Heart My In-Laws

Falling in Love with His Family--One Passive-Aggressive, Over-Indulgent, Grandkid-Craving, Streisand-Loving, Bible-Thumping In-Law at a Time

Dina Koutas Poch

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A practical, laugh-out-loud guide to adopting your man’s family—from your first date to your firstborn
 
Girlfriends, fiancées, and wives rejoice! Here, at last, is a book you can turn to in times of stress, panic, and family vacations to the smallest cottage ever built on the island of Nantucket. Mirroring the natural progression of a relationship and incorporating interviews from women just like you, this hilarious, savvy guide will help you survive your first meeting with future in-laws, from the holidays, weddings, and new babies, to the day they retire to the house next door because “it’s a great real estate investment.”

Discover a wide array of sanity-retention techniques and tips on scoring major points with each and every in-law. Learn how to sweet-talk his sister, mollify his mother, and defuse potentially explosive situations—like when your pumpkin pie gives Nana a bad case of hives. Stories range from the tragic “my father-in-law just pinched my ass and not in that sportsmanship kind of way,” to the triumphant “I’m now CEO of my grandfather-in-law’s cement company—Thanks Pupup!”

Offering handy translation charts with curse words in Persian and compliments in Cantonese, a list of gifts and how to interpret their hidden meaning, tips for reclaiming the holidays one Bastille Day at a time, and your very own set of Mother-in-Law MadLibs, I Heart My In-laws embodies the old saying, “It’s funny because it’s true.”

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Introduction
 
Yours is the story of true love. You met at eHarmony.com. You both like pugs. Your second date was a private tour of the planetarium. Now you share a cell phone plan, shop for organic bread at Whole Foods, and faithfully watch America’s Next Top Model together. Happily, you’ve tossed away your highlighted copy of He’s Just Not That Into You, because now you’ve met someone who is totally into you.
 
Congratulations on finding your soul mate—an impressive task in a world of six billion men and women. He understands your ritual of trying on at least three shirts

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“Skip the champagne flutes and buy this for your soon-to-be-wed friends instead!”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune


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Dina Koutas Poch

Dina K. Poch has a BA from Brown University and an MFA from Columbia University. She is a writer and filmmaker living in New York City with her husband and two cats. Her in-laws live in Connecticut.

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I Heart My In-Laws
Falling in Love with His Family--One Passive-Aggressive, Over-Indulgent, Grandkid-Craving, Streisand-Loving, Bible-Thumping In-Law at a Time
Dina Koutas Poch

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
June 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429916097
ISBN10: 1429916095
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$7.99

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Trade Paperback
Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
June 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805082791
ISBN10: 0805082794
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$17.99
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