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The between boyfriends book : a collection of cautiously hopeful essays
Cindy Chupack
Adult Nonfiction HQ800.2 .C48 2003

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Chupack (Sex and the City; Everybody Loves Raymond) gathers columns that appeared in Glamour and other magazines in this funny and occasionally poignant first book. Reading Chupack's meditations on such modern mysteries as dating, therapy and male behavior, fans of Sex and the City may hear echoes of Carrie Bradshaw's wry voice. Standout chapters include "The Breakup," in which men dump their girlfriends through a proxy ("a doorman informed me that my date was not coming down. Ever") or simple desertion ("They'll say they're going to the rest room and never return. Then they'll meet friends for drinks and say,..."What do I have to do, spell it out for her?" ). In "Seventeen Dates," Chupack endures that many terrible dates ("Date #13 was a plastic surgeon ...[who] asked if I was 'swimsuit ready'), positing that she must go through that many stinkers after a break-up before she meets an eligible guy. She learns a painful lesson: "there are no shortcuts, because it's not only time and distance you need after you lose a love, it's reflection." The book is padded with magazine-style pieces that stray far afield of the single women and relationships theme: there's a chapter on adjusting to L.A. after growing up in Oklahoma and one on father/daughter communication. Enough of Chupack's material, though, is clever and original enough to make this a good beach book, and the cover reminds readers that "if you read it in public, men will know you're available." (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In this collection of essays, Chupack, a television writer, executive producer (Sex and the City), and single girl extraordinaire, gives the gals without guys advice from the front lines of the dating scene. She has been known to write for Sex character Carrie Bradshaw, the columnist, fashionista, and swinging single city girl played by Sarah Jessica Parker, and here she echoes Carrie's voice. With chapters running no longer than three pages, Chupack keeps her message short and funny-single women are not sad but sexy. Stories from the dating history of Chupack and her friends are highlighted by terms such as holloweenies, "people who break up around Halloween because it's the last stop before family filled...high pressure holidays," and cupidity, "the faulty logic that leads a well-meaning but clueless third party to believe that two random singles are perfect for each other." Not an intellectual discourse on male/female mating rituals, this is instead a look at today's scary dating scene from the perspective of someone whose humor and insight gave single women everywhere a hero in Carrie; now they have a cohort in Chupack herself. For larger libraries or where there is demand.-Rachel Collins, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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