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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034549119X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345491190
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,022,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Schnurnberger (The Botox Diaries, with Janice Kaplan) goes solo for a middle-age crazy tale of Tru--a stay-at-her-Park-Avenue-home-mom of twin teens whose husband loses his job in the financial meltdown--and glam sidekick Sienna, a TV anchor kicked to the curb for a younger face. The resourceful gals cook up a wacky plan to keep themselves in lipstick and lingerie: an escort agency specializing in well-bred over-40 "courtesans." It's a hit, and along the way, Tru competes to keep her husband; deals with her irrepressible mom, Naomi (a former Miss New York Subway), after her life-changing heart attack; and discovers her daughters are competing for the same wicked eighth-grade heartthrob. The multigenerational antics of this light, enjoyable romp are safely PG, as is the message: true love (or is it Tru's loves?) conquers all. (Jan.) (c)
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From Booklist

Tru Newman has an enviable life, a famous best friend, a wealthy husband, and well-behaved twin daughters. Her biggest problem to date is living in the shadow of her overbearing ex-beauty-queen mother. All of that comes to a crashing halt when Tru discovers that her husband has been secretly unemployed for more than three months. When the economy crashes, Tru is forced to go back to work and chooses an unlikely profession: she starts a call-girl service featuring women over 40. Tru’s travails are told in a light, breezy tone combined with an endless stream of up-to-the-minute pop-culture references. A deeper novel might try and make connections between Tru’s work as a madam and her husband’s work as an investment banker, but this frothy tale is pure wish fulfillment. After all, although the novel is clearly set in 2010, Tru lives in a world where long-term married couples easily forgive major betrayals to have hot sex in the elevator, young men pay to sleep with fortysomething women, and Cher arrives at a reunion to make everyone’s problems disappear. --Marta Segal Block

More About the Author

Thank you for finding my author's page--I know it couldn't have been easy to spell Schnurnberger.

I started out as a painter (one of my prints is somewhere in the basement of the Museum of Modern Art ); I wrote two award-winning musicals for children; I've been an on-camera reporter and an NBC talk show producer. For two years I popped up regularly on morning television as a media spokesperson for the hosiery industry, demonstrating the proper way to wash pantyhose. (When I was replaced, I'm proud to say it was by Lauren Hutton.) I've been interviewed about my books and fashion on Oprah, Entertainment Tonight and Extra, among others, and have written for The New York Times, New York, Reader's Digest, People, Parade and just about every woman's magazine in America. I also founded Foster Pride, a non-profit which provides mentoring and art classes for New York city children and teens in foster care.

In other words, I've had a lot of jobs. I didn't follow a career trajectory so much as to seize opportunities that seemed interesting--and that would pay the rent. Two goals that I'm happy to say didn't prove to be mutually exclusive.

I had a ball writing Let There Be Clothes: 40,000 Years of Fashion History, a cult classic that's chocked full of interesting trivia. And writing novels has been even more fun, because I get to make things up. The books have been translated into a half dozen languages and they're bestsellers here and in Europe and Latin America. Best of all, the books have provided me with the opportunity of going around the country and meeting the women who are reading them -- and nothing, has been more fun than that!

Customer Reviews

This book was light and fun.
Lulu
It felt like the author spent a lot of time writing scenes from a sitcom (for example the whole first chapter) and not enough time developing the story.
Noelle
It had been on my Wish List for a very long time and it should have stayed there.
WyoReader

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Beverly TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 14, 2011
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What does our economy have to do with modern-day courtesans and credit cards? A lot more than you might think. Tru Newman, one of that small group of ladies-who-lunch, is confronted--albeit three months later--with a problem that crosses all levels of our society. Her husband loses his (mega salary) job. She swaps planning and worrying about gala charity events for concerns of paying the now-in-arrears mortgage, her twin girls' swanky private school tuitions, and quitting her designer shopping sprees. And her perfect marriage? It may not be so perfect when (you've gotta' love the author's tongue-in-cheek humor) Tiffany Glass hires Tru's hubby, Peter Newman. But is she `grooming' him for her cosmetics business or, the altar?

Tru thinks her college pal, Sienna, has it all; brains, beauty, and bucks but, the illusion ends when Sienna quits her news anchor job and finds that despite her foxy good looks, being over 40 is as good as being dead for a female TV personality.

So what can a stay-at-home mom and a diva do to earn decent livings? Why, start a courtesan (escort) service, of course. A real business that pays its taxes. And offers its clients the benefits of charging their `purchases' on credit cards. The world's oldest profession meets plastic.

Author Lynn Schnurnberger injects comic relief with such zingers as, "....everything is built on a house of cards...Visa and American Express..." and "It's nobody's fault. It's the economy, stupid". Even the doorman, Terrance, is funny, spouting psychobabble. "But by the end of the journey you will be in a different place from the one you started out in."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan M on February 9, 2011
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Had read the review in Parade magazine and thought I might enjoy this book. Was so poorly done it left me more depressed than entertained. The author left unmined the gold in the details of the courtesans and their fellows. Truly a waste of time and money to buy or read. I mentioned to friends that I had bought it, not having read it, and now wish I could retract my premature "endorsement." Ugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 2, 2011
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The story line had some promise but it wasn't fulfilled. The author tries to be funny but she's not a comedian. I hate it when somebody who is not a comedy writer tries to be one. The story was pretty predictable and wasn't very well developed. All in all, this was an easy read and would probably satisfy a need for beach reading. Literature it is not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elizababble on March 26, 2011
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This book was recommended by several sources, none of which typically lead me wrong. But I was very disappointed. I could barely read three paragraphs without coming upon a pop culture cliche, which will mean nothing to anyone who reads the book a year or two from now. The cliches were annoying in their frequency. The funniest thing was, near the end of the book the main character's daughter corrects her mother for being too cliche. The author should have taken her character's well-placed advise. And come on. The main character's husband loses his job, lies about it to his wife for three months while almost losing their home, she finds out about it through the grapevine no less, and her immediate response is to pleasure him orally? "No downsizing here." Come on. I don't need my reading to be completely rooted in reality but this was too over the top. Yes, I did finish it, hoping it would get better. It didn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sonia Skiba on March 25, 2011
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I was really disappointed in this book. I should have waited for it to show up at my local library rather than buy it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By susan on January 12, 2011
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I loved this book! Fun, over-the-top, I felt like I was a fly-on-the-wall listening in on the juicy goings on at a fundraising party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the ex- beauty-queen mom as she re-lived her days as a former Miss Subways. And I loved when the best friends decide to open an escort agency--for women over forty--it was a real Lucy and Ethel moment!!
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By Phyllis Gronewold on January 21, 2011
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When Tru Newman, an Upper East Side stay-at-home mom, finds out that her husband has been out of work for 3 months, her best friend loses her job, and the economy tanks, she has to find a way to earn money. With her best friend and her husband's tax attorney, Tru starts an over-forty escort agency. To her surprise, their clientele are under thirties yuppies who appreciate older women. Prepare to enjoy meeting some innovative women and the men who enjoy being entertained by experienced women.
Follow Tru as she becomes a multitasking survivor handling her husband, her two daughters, her mom (a former Miss New York Subway) and hiding her new business. The Best Laid Plans is a easy, fun book filled with delightful characters.
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By Hillary Anne Watson on January 21, 2011
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I've read Schnurnberger's other books but nothing compares to this one. She is clearly writing from the heart and with her own natural sense humor. The character of Tru (the heroine) engages the reader from the beginning and how Schnurnberger manages to do this when Tru is running an escort business is part of the book's appeal. So funny. So poignant. And so readable...it's near impossible to put down.
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