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Realizing she is the only single woman during the bouquet toss at her friend's wedding, Guidry, a former Hollywood film executive, deems herself The Last Single Woman in America. Along with being 40-something and unwed, she had just lost her job and her boyfriend; however, she remains in good humor and believes that with a handful of Dave Matthews CDs she'll be okay. Guidry offers her view on men (feminism has encouraged women to be easy, therefore men no longer appreciate the value of women), the perks of knowledge (why take advanced yoga when you know all the moves in the beginning course) and her take on the Internet (the overconnected Web population is limiting face-to-face contact with such tools as Internet dating), all the while hurdling the obstacles facing single women. If 40 is the new 20, Guidry does a good job portraying this by exhibiting the maturity level of someone half her age, making it hard to believe her anecdotes. At one point, she attacks her mother at a dinner party by questioning whether she slept with a leprechaun to produce her son, Guidry's always lucky brother. While amusing, Guidry barely offers deeper insight than thoughts on bikini waxes and acupuncture sessions for her pet. (Feb.)
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“Labeled a memoir, this is really a collection of essays born from adversity. Guidry struggles to redefine herself while making the transition from film executive to unemployed Hollywood individual, and she continually encounters resistance in a landscape where being single is considered by many as being incomplete. But these are only some of the conflicts Guidry examines. No one is safe from her pen; the state of her parents' marriage comes under fire, and her neighbors, her ex-boyfriends, and even she herself are all targets. (She's careful to begin the book with a disclaimer stating that while these stories are emotionally true, some facts have been altered for effect.) The end product succeeds: Guidry does not take herself too seriously, and she has a sharp eye for comic detail. Although her observations about sex, gender relations, and the world today are pointed, for the most part, she handles her characters with gentleness. A fresh and funny first book that would make a good purchase for any popular collection.”
—Audrey Snowden, Library Journal

"Wickedly funny. Continuously rib-tickling except for the moments it reminded me that I'm ashamed to be a man"
—Paul Dinello, writer and co-star, Strangers with Candy

“Like a modern day Dorothy Parker, Cindy Guidry is wickedly observant and outrageously funny. Whether you’re single or married, male or female, you’ll be captivated by Guidry’s rollicking stories and unforgettable characters. And that’s just the start. The Last Single Woman in America is filled with tenderness, truth, power and pain, and one can only hope that this marks the beginning of a long-term relationship with a remarkable new writer.”
—Ben Sherwood, author of The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud and The Man Who Ate the 747 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452290015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452290013
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,548,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SRW on January 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Guidry's ability to be funny, revealing, touching and sharp, all in one essay is impressive! From laughing out loud to tearing up, this book has it all. Cindy's ability to find the humor in the most intimate of situations and expose her inner most fears makes you feel like your not alone. I recommend this book to men and women as it holds universal truths.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hey Jac on February 11, 2008
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i am reading this memoir slowly because i don't want it to end. You don't need to be single (i am a 48 year old happily married woman) to enjoy this hilarious, clever, and very entertaining book. i hope Cindy Guidry is working on her second!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader with a shopping problem on January 6, 2009
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Guidry's first book is hilarious throughout, at times poignant and often a little sad. Since each chapter is actually a different essay, this is a great book to pick up and read when time is of the essence.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scrivener L on February 1, 2008
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First off, don't let the cover fool you. Yes, parts of it are pink, but don't mistake this for "chick lit", because "The Last Single Woman in America" is something decidedly (and blessedly) different: an island of honesty in a sea of clichéd "girl meets boy, girl ponders whether boy is Mr. Right, girl and boy have a mutual epiphany and seal the deal in a public display manifesting itself in an airport or a karaoke club" fairy tales. Insta-undying-love is great, in theory... and then there's life, which has a tendency to be a tad more daunting and complex. The author's take on her own experiences serves as a welcome antidote to the myriad simplistic, pat prescriptions out there for personal growth, skewering them in hilarious ways. Romance takes strange and unexpected turns that no single "system", self-help formula, or (in this instance) sage bikini waxer/mystic can hope to address, and that's something that this writer gets in spades. She's tart and acerbic in some passages and self-effacing in others, but underlying all are doses of wit, bravery, and hard-earned wisdom that are downright rare. At the end of the day, Ms. Guidry hasn't given up on the notion of finding a soulmate, but she's able to find happiness in everyday encounters both farcical and poignant, and in the process she takes us on a fun and truly memorable ride.
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Cindy Guidry lives in Neverland. Living and working in Los Angeles is difficult enough; try dating there. Guidry is a smart, funny, sexy woman who is trying to get in touch with her own power as she approaches 40. She's knows it's in there, somewhere. But it's hard to feel powerful when you live in a town where everyone is judged by appearances, and most of those are plastic.

I really enjoyed Cindy's voice. This is a book written by a clever woman who realizes that most of the men she meets are bombarded with too many choices on a daily basis. They can no longer make a decision about anything, especially the most important one of all, the decision of commit to a mate.

Guidry takes her readers on an enjoyable ride through Hollywood as she starts to put the pieces of her life together (accompanied by a Dave Matthews soundtrack) all the while feeling like she's the Last Single Woman in America.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LG on April 18, 2008
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If you're a guy and you cringe that this might be another MEN SUCK book written for only women to read and rally together around the flagpole of self inflicted injustice, this is the book for you. Although she has her complaints about men, this is a refreshingly fair-handed, often sympathetic book about both men and women and their attempts to find and understand each other in this isolating cyber-world. While there are bestsellers as well as entire television networks dedicated to the proposition that MEN SUCK, Guidry offers the possibility of individual empowerment and an unflagging belief in Love, all the while making you laugh out loud about waxing and nail polish and cats and other things men don't generally care about. Men really do want to know what women think, and Guidry tells us in a way both entertaining and enlightening.
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I have never found a book in which the writer (and narrator in this instance) seemingly gave forth so many of my own thoughts. I always considered myself to be a little too jaded, cynical, or critical, and am now glad to see there is a whole generation of us. Cindy Guidry shows there is really nothing too depressing about not knowing what you want to be when you grow up and, guess what?, there are lots of us out there. To heck with Generation X, it's Generation Cindy Guidry all the way!!!

Having been a former lover and devout follower of the series "Sex in the City" and having had to settle for vacuous attempts to fill that time slot or reruns on TBS ever since, I am looking forward to seeing this book and the idea behind it coming to life on HBO.
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The Last Single Woman in America was a terrific read! While I am happily married, it was great fun to read about Cindy Guidry's adventures (and disasters)in dating and life. Plus, her stories brought back memories!

Unlike some recent authors, who try to pass off their fiction as memoir, Guidry admits from the onset that some of the book is fiction and I appreciate that. The upshot is that her thoughts are real and the book is entertaining, touching and, at times, thought provoking.

Sit back and prepare to enjoy the ride provided by Cindy Guidry.

From the author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet
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