”Marry Him is surprisingly, unnervingly convincing... Readers may ask, what is an unhappily single woman doing, telling us how and why to get married? But maybe the better question is, who better?”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
”In business, ''good enough'' is often 'very good.' So why should we expect--and demand--perfection in dating and marriage? In business, 'good enough' is often ''very good.' So why should we expect--and demand--perfection in dating and marriage?”
”There are, unfortunately, a lot of 11- and 12-year-old girls who should read Lori Gottlieb's Stick Figure. Their parents should, too.”
—The Los Angeles Jewish Journal
"The best new funny book about dating on planet Earth, perhaps in the entire universe, and certainly in the Milky Way. Even Tolstoy and God together couldn't write something as funny and cool and weird and wonderful as this."
—Molly Jong-Fast, author of Normal Girl and The Sex Doctors in the Basement
“The emotional honesty of an 11 year old, and a wit and intelligence rare in even adult memoirs.”
—The City Weekly, Australia
“Lori Gottlieb offers a sad and shocking but ultimately triumphant account … as a pre-teen she was as warped about her wasted body as she was perceptive about the hypocrisy of a culture in which womanhood meant starving, shopping and endless self-obsession."
“Lori is so keen an observer that even the saddest parts have some humor.”
—The Los Angeles Times
“This smart and hilarious voyeur's view offers a seminal collection of voices ranging from the haunting to the absurd… expertly captures the comic—and tragic—theatrics of the New Economy.”
—Stacy Horn, Founder of Echo and Author of Cyberville: Clicks, Culture, and the Creation of an Online Town
“So dead-on yet incredibly entertaining, I could not put it down and can't stop spreading the word. Parents should make it a point to check it out.”
—Child Care Today
“Although it reads like novel – a funny, touching, and absolutely gripping novel – Stick Figure is, astonishingly, the diary of Lori Gottlieb who at age eleven [got] from diet books and calorie charts the same scary thrill that other children get from ‘Nightmare on Elm Street.’”
—The Boston Globe
“Gottlieb's wry commentary is engaging … Kibu's misadventures are funny."
—The Boston Globe
"An intoxicating collective memoir of the American Dream gone wild, Inside the Cult of Kibu is chock-full of insightful, hilarious and priceless anecdotes. What's astonishing is that this story is true."
—Peter Guber, former CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment
“The 11-year-old Gottlieb is full of surprising insights … her biting wit spares nobody.”
—The San Francisco Chronicle
“Lori Gottlieb's eleven-year-old self is a singular storyteller of unblinking candor and precocious insight. As rife with wry humor as it is lacking in self-pity, this fast-paced chronicle is narrated with a light touch, and yet is chilling and poignant in its straightforward simplicity.”
—Sarah Saffian, Author of Ithaka: A Daughter's Memoir of Being Found
”An extraordinary and highly entertaining behind-the-scenes portrayal… depicts the players and culture in vivid Technicolor and with Gonzo-like understanding."
—Tim Draper, Founder and Managing Director of Silicon Valley VC firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson
“A warm, witty companion to crawl into bed at night with. I Love You, Nice to Meet You is very funny, only costs a low one-time fee, and won't call you regularly at 1 a.m. 'just to say hi' (I forget in which chapter, but it's covered).”
—Sandra Tsing Loh, author of A Year in Van Nuys
“Often hilarious, the approach is compassionate and thoughtful… so get ready for a real joyride of a read. Stick Figure is an eleven-year-old self telling a story with candor, insight and absolute honesty.”
—Palo Alto Daily News
"It's amazing that this is a funny book because this is one exhaustingly detailed compendium of everything that could ever go wrong in every stage a love relationship."
—Merrill Markoe, original head writer of The Late Show with David Letterman and author of It’s My F---ing Birthday: A Novel.
"Really funny… Kibu contains a lot of entertaining stories, many of them telling and insightful, about the era's delusions and incompetencies and lifestyle excesses. Entertaining stuff."
—The Washington Monthly
“True hilarity … a rarity among the ever swelling ranks of humorous dating guides. Insights such as "a week of uninterrupted physical presence isn't a sign of love. It's a stakeout," make stiff shots of wisdom go down like a fizzy summertime cocktail.”
“I laughed and then I laughed again … and then my stomach hurt and I was glad I was married!”
—Greg Behrendt, New York Times bestselling author of He’s Just Not That Into You.
“I Love You, Nice to Meet You is funny, affecting, blunt and useful… makes us laugh at the gaffes we have all committed in hope of love."
—Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday
“A smart, funny, compassionate journal … Stick Figure stands out as a fresh, edgy take, not just on anorexia but on that perilous time in a girl's life when she's no longer a child but not quite an adult.”
“Hopefully, young Gottlieb will serve as a patron saint for girls vulnerable to eating disorders and the adults who should be caring for them.”
“Preteen anguish is truly compelling and horrifying in Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self… a vivid glimpse into a young girl’s warped perceptions. It’s funny and outrageous, yet steeped in the sad truth about girls’ poor self-esteem.”
—Willamette Week: Portland News & Culture
“This book reveals that, whatever you think you know about the dot-com era, the truth is probably more outrageous.”
—The Orange County Register
“Gottlieb’s writing style manages to show both the dark humor and pathos of her situation at Kibu.com.”
“By turns earnest and funny, hopeful and tragic, eleven-year-old Lori is a latter-day Alice: She takes us through the distorted looking glass that's held up to young. There is no other word for it: You will devour this book.”
—Peggy Orenstein, author of School Girls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap
“A heartbreaking, riveting and humorous autobiography of a preteen who absorbs all the wrong messages about food and figure… all the more important because it’s true.”
—Detroit Free Press
“Gottlieb captures the right tone, and the result is fresh and funny.”
”Lori Gottlieb's approach is compassionate, and very, very funny. Stick Figure is an entertaining and thoughtful coming-of-age story that deals with an almost universal theme — negotiating the minefields of early adolescence and living to tell the tale.”
—Martha Manning, author of Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface
“Hilarious …Good and gossipy…Inside the Cult of Kibu deserves a place on the bookshelf right next to that other classic of digital bubble-popping, Michael Lewis' The New New Thing."
"The funniest book about dating to date … Read it in one big gulp, or savor slowly, bite by bite."
—Valerie Frankel, author of Hex and the Single Girl and The Girlfriend Curse
“The especially poignant thing about Stick Figure is that in spite of her irrational view of her own body, Gottlieb is dead-on about society's irrational attitudes toward women's bodies.”
—The Washington Post Book World
"This book is both funny and true. If only I weren't happily married so I could use it to find my soul mate."
—Stephen Colbert, former Daily Show correspondent and host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report