14 August 2010

Day 14 - Non-Fictional Book

I decided to keep it a bit more lighthearted than the non-fictional books I really love... which are memoirs about addiction, depression, mental illness, and serial killers. :) I realize that is not everyone's cup of tea. So I will just list a few of them if anyone is interested in checking them out:

1. Prozac Nation
2: The Final Truth
3. A Memoir of Mood & Madness
4. Girl, Interrupted
5. A Million Little Pieces (/fiction :))

Anyway... today's book is Straight Up & Dirty by Stephanie Klein.

From Publisher's Weekly:

One month after discovering her husband was having an affair, 20-something Klein made him her "Wasbund" and started trying to find a man to date again-or better, a "pair and a spare," as her telephone therapist advised. She "rodated" desperately, searching for someone to repair her wounded ego. She even found a reasonably suitable boyfriend-only she broke it off when he suggested living together. At one point she faced the truth she'd avoided from the beginning, that she had to learn to appreciate herself for her own accomplishments before she could have a healthy relationship with a man. While there's nothing new about that story line-indeed, it's curiously proto-feminist for a recent Barnard grad-Klein's sense of humor is downright wicked. Her ex-mother-in-law was a "shrub of a woman" who "sounded like she'd swallowed a southerner" and looked "like a transvestite who had a one-night stand with a disco ball." Then there's "Mr. Madras Pants," who "carried a degree in poplin with a minor in seersucker... the type of man who was at complete ease when sending his order back to the kitchen." In the end, Klein's is a great, fun read.

I am not really sure how I stumbled upon this book. I think I just happened to pick it up, read a few pages, and decided to buy it. This was years and years ago - 2006 to be exact. I am SO glad that I took a chance on it because it is great! It is a memoir of a girl... newly divorced... and living it up in NYC. It is so fun & she is so snarky.... and she even has her own blog! After reading the book, I checked out her blog (before I even really knew what a blog was). I guess I can credit Stephanie Klein for introducing me into the blogosphere. Anyways, I think all of you would really enjoy it. Her blog: http://stephanieklein.com/

1 comment :

  1. looks like we have a lot in common when it comes to reading! i love memoirs about mental illnesses! haha.