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Have I Got a Guy for You: What Really Happens When Mom Fixes You Up Paperback – April 1, 2008
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"Despite my insistence that I could manage my love life without her interference, and despite my far-out claim that few TV producers actually scrounge for romantic prospects in the viewer mailbag, my mother pressed on, prompted by Regis's on-air riffs about Gelman's single status, sending letter after letter to the morning show."
Gelman, sadly, never wrote back, but other contributors to the volume did wind up going on dates with the guys their mothers had found for them. Usually the results were disastrous. There was, for example, the BBC journalist who announced twenty minutes into his date with Anita Kawatra what his sexual expectations would be should they get married: she was to be "accomodating" and "adventurous," and they would have sex four times a week, six during vacations. Aaron was an aspiring actor who said "totally" a lot and showed author Sara Barron his 8x10 glossies over tea and mocha at Starbucks:
"Then my mother called to see how things had gone.
"'Not well,' I told her on the phone. 'He totes a dance bag and dresses all in leather.'
"'In a gay way?' she asked.
"'Is there any other?' I responded.Read more ›
It's hard to give a summary since this is a anthology. So let's see some of my favorites involved Hindu Matrimonials, "Cousins", the Perfect Son In Law, and a live-action game of Dungeons and Dragons. For the most part this was a good natured look at blind dating. It was funny!
Most of these matches end up in mismatches. But I found myself hoping that something good would come from these blind dates and in a few cases something did! Most of these mothers had their daughters best intentions in mind so it made the stories more lighthearted and loving.
It seemed like a large group of friends got together to contribute to this and a good number of them happened to be Jewish and live in New York, nothing wrong with that but it was definitely a theme throughout.
Reading these all in a row could get a little bit repetitive but at the same time anthologies are nice because you can set them down and pick them back up without losing your place. This is one of the many reasons I love anthologies. I read several stories a day for maybe 3 or 4 days.
I love love love anthologies. The idea of look at one subject (be it vague or specific) from multiple angles introduces you to many new and exciting ways of looking at a subject. And also getting to sample a bunch of different authors at the same time! I still need to go back to this one and look up some of the authors other works. (There are great bios in the back) I love that anthologies have the potential to lead you to your new favorite author.
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This book is a great read if you want to really laugh your heart out. I would recomend this book to anyperson who is looking for fun book.Published on February 22, 2013 by Abram Vargas
While most moms mean well, they don't always get it right, as this book cleverly demonstrates. Fun read. Take it to the pool with you this summer. Read morePublished on May 29, 2008 by Robin G. Newman
I found all of the stories fun and entertaining but the Kawatra story is worth the cover price all by itself. Read morePublished on April 21, 2008 by E. Kahn
I loved it...and I'm a man! The piece by Leora Klein itself is worth the purchase. The entertainment value of dating stories is timeless.Published on April 6, 2008 by Mark Blitz
I enjoyed most of the stories and some of them I laughed out loud. It is a perfect escapist distraction read for an airport or subway. Read morePublished on March 21, 2008 by Layla