There is lots of great advice in Peter Davidson’s Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel – How to be a husband your wife won’t throw out of the window in the middle of the night (US$10.95) beginning right at the dedication:

“Abby,” Davidson writes, “you’re perfect as you are – don’t change a thing.

“Joel – you’re a guy, and you can get all the advice and wisdom you can get.”

When Davidson’s grandson, Joel, got engaged, the author decided to write down some words of wisdom gleaned from his “vast experience as a husband.”

Realizing more people would benefit from his wisdom, Davidson began to blog, offering a new piece of martial advice each week at He eventually turned those blog posts into this book.

“Sure, much of the advice is off-the-wall and wacky, but it’s also an upbeat, insightful, humorous look at married life that any engaged, married, or even single person can relate to and enjoy,” Davidson writes.

While some of the book was stereotypical in the way men and women were presented, including Abby’s obvious love of shopping and the fact Davidson suggests phrases such as “I like it” when in fact a man hates his wife’s latest haircut, most of the book offered a pretty accurate picture of how men and women are different.

“When your wife says, ‘Dear, will you help me…she doesn’t mean next month, next week, tomorrow or when the game you’re watching is over,” Davidson writes. “She means NOW. So hop to it and get it out of the way and then you can peacefully return to what you were doing.”

I particularly liked the “carefully chosen case studies” of male fails and successes with the later confession that all case studies were about Davidson himself.

The book is divided into various chapters from Settling into Married Life (bragging rights; does this dress make my ass look big?) to Understanding your Wife and other Myths (Female shopping logic; Her silent, but very loud, language). Each section is written in a sarcastic, teasing way that often made me laugh out loud and made me want to read passages to men and women alike.

Despite the humourous tone to the book, there is really great information including teaching men how to be chivalrous, how to be rich (or at least not poor) and 13 magical words including I am Sorry and I Love you.

“When it comes to buying that mansion on the lake, that 32-foot cabin cruiser or that fancy sports car, there is only one rule: If you’ve got the money, go for it! If you don’t have the money, don’t fool yourself.”

And another great piece of advice:

“Be careful what you confess to in a weak moment – women have a memory like an elephant.”

A copy of this book was provided by Peter Davidson for an honest review. The opinions are my own.