Listen up Three new books offer advice with attitude on work and love (your own or others').
The Bridesmaid's Manual: Making It to and Through the Wedding With Your Sanity (and Your Friendship) Intact (Berkley) by Sarah Stein and Lucy Talbot gets right to the nitty-gritty, like buying a cute but cheap clutch for the reception just big enough for "a phone, a c-note, a credit card, and a condom."
Love Him or Leave Him, But Don't Get Stuck With the Tab (Simon & Schuster) by Loni Love gathers the comedian's hilarious and straight-to-the-point (although NSFW) romantic advice on everything from meeting up to breaking up, and even getting hitched.
Stop Tweeting Boring Sh*t: The New Rules of Work (Chronicle) by Paul Hirsch and Josh Denberg offers mordant advice for the newly employed and the rest of us, like "Nothing good comes from hitting 'reply all' " and "Not getting fired is the new promotion."
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor