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Bank's first collection has a beautiful, true arc, and all the sophistication and control her heroine could ever desire. In "The Floating House," Jane and her boyfriend, Jamie, visit his ex-girlfriend in St. Croix, and right from the start she can't stop mimicking her beautiful competitor, in a notably idiotic fashion. "I'm like one of those animals that imitates its predators to survive," she realizes--one of several thousand of Bank's ruefully funny phrases. But even as Jane clowns around, desperately trying to keep up appearances, she is so hyperaware it hurts. Again and again, the author explores the dichotomy between life as it happens and the rehearsed anecdote, the preferred outcome. In The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, even suburban quiet has "nothing to do with peace." Bank's much-anticipated debut merits all its buzz and, more to the point, transcends it. --Kerry Fried --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This was a reread for me, as it's been ten years since I first read "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing," and after hearing Melissa Bank speak at the Aspen Summer... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Melissa S.
I bought this book upon a recommendation. It was okay, but I've definitely read better. Buy it used, not new, or better yet, get it from your local library.Published 3 months ago by Emily Soufette
This is one of my favorite books. I read this when I was a kid (12 years old) and loved it then, along with similar styled female-coming of age novels, such as Dicey's Song, by... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Chelsey B. Anderson
So funny, so touching... ... ... A "girly" book about finding love in the Big Apple but with a lot of heart.Published 4 months ago by Kindle fan
It was a fun, entertaining vacation read. Exactly what I hoped for. I wasn't sure of the point of the story early on, but I kept wanting to find out more.Published 4 months ago by 4.5 months pregnant
I purchased this book because I just read The Fault in Our Stars, and needed a light-hearted read. I assumed by the cute cover, title and vague description, “captures in perfect... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Heather
I picked this book because of an article I read on BuzzFeed. It paired this book with the childhood favorite-dear god it's me Margaret. Read morePublished 5 months ago by sll
Funny, relatable, and sometime too real. It's a good one to read for that 20 something woman trying to find her place in a career, a relationship, and herself.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought it when I was sixteen, and had no idea the impact it would have on twenty-nine year old me. It's the best. If you're a woman, read this. Read morePublished 6 months ago by McChelisa