Keep It Simple, Stupid: You're Smarter Than You Look

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Today's definition of "family" is completely unrecognizable from what it was forty, thirty, even twenty years ago. With Keep It Simple, Stupid, Judge Judy addresses how convoluted family life has become. The traditional "nuclear" family has expanded to include ex's and parents of ex's, merging families, stepchildren, lovers, adopted children, in-laws -- the list goes on and on. And when it comes to families, judge Judy has seen it all in her courtroom.

Her Ten Simple Rules:
  • Living Without Benefit: If you call this commitment, you should be committed.
  • Tying The Knot: Ten times measure, one time cut.
  • Married Bliss: If life were fair, men would have stretch marks.
  • Kids Happen: Having a baby is easy; being a parent is hard.
  • After The Ball Is Over: Don't get mad, get out, and move on.
  • Tug-Of-Wars: Love your kids more than you hate each other.
  • The Second Time Around: For better or forget about it.
  • The Family Bond: Honor your parents.
  • Til Death Do Us In: Where there's a will, there's a way.
  • Keep It Simple, Stupid: You're smarter than you look.

Tackling all the explosive issues that drive families crazy -- and into court -- Judge Judy shares her on-target, brutally honest thoughts on the chaos that is characteristic of today's American family and gives no-holds-barred advice on how to resolve conflicts and repair relationships.

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If you think buying a home with Mr. Maybe is a good way to determine if he's Mr. Right, hold everything. In Judge Judy's latest round of advice, Keep it Simple, Stupid: You're Smarter Than You Look, she tells you to keep it all separate until you tie the knot legally. Touching on all of life's challenging family situations, from dating and marriage to caring for elderly parents and losing loved ones, America's favorite judge ultimately encourages us to plan ahead and avoid unnecessarily complicating our lives.

Much of what she delivers we've all heard a thousand times before, but for some readers her renowned matter-of-fact tone is the ideal voice to reaffirm these commonsense solutions. "Life is a one-shot deal," she says. "There are only so many seconds, minutes, hours, days, and years. Every second you devote to negative energy and negative emotion is a second lost forever."

Carefully excerpted conversations between feuding family members lay the groundwork for each chapter. For instance, when Jimmy, trying to help his brother's failing marriage, inadvertently invites them to tag along on his anniversary trip to Hawaii, Jimmy's wife, Joanne, hits the roof. Judge Judy's response is simply put:

Jimmy, you're clueless. While you're so busy trying to save your brother's marriage, your wife is getting ready to pack her bags. Your brother and his wife can mend their marriage at another locale. It doesn't have to be Hawaii. Besides, since when do husbands make social plans? It's not unreasonable for Joanne to want to celebrate a special anniversary alone, and that's what you should do.
With the no-nonsense attitude and cut-to-the-chase style of a woman who has seen and heard everything, Judge Judy Sheindlin continues to help us solve our most complicated life problems and find ways to keep it simple. --Phyllis Monroe

About the Author:

Judge Judy Sheindlin established herself as a tough but fair judge in New York's family court. She is the presiding judge for Judge Judy, a nationally syndicated daily television show based on real court cases, and the author of two best-selling adult books and a children's book. She lives in New York City with her husband, Jerry, a New York Supreme Court Judge. She is the mother of five and a grandmother of four.

Judge Judy Sheindlin established herself as a tough but fair judge in New York's family court. She is the presiding judge for Judge Judy, a nationally syndicated daily television show based on real court cases, and the author of two best-selling adult books and a children's book. She lives in New York City with her husband, Jerry, a New York Supreme Court Judge. She is the mother of five and a grandmother of four.

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