From Library Journal
Romance writer Keyes reads these unpublished pieces and essays and articles from The Irish Tatler and other UK publications. The contents are often witty and almost confessional, ranging over dieting, house hunting, wedding plans, book tour escapades and tribulations, and other personal ruminations that give a good insight into the unglamorous life of the author. Keyes and her family, especially her husband, become endearing characters who transcend and explain their fictional counterparts. A highly entertaining alternative.Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY
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Best-selling Irish author Keyes is known for her sassy, warmhearted women's fiction (Sushi for Beginners
[BKL Je 1 & 15 03]; Angels
[My 15 02]). She is also a journalist, and this collection of 47 nonfiction pieces, most of which have been published previously in magazines and newspapers, sports her trademark irreverent spin on issues close to a woman's heart. The short articles are grouped into seven sections dealing with the writing life, personal possessions, friends and family, acting like an adult, holidays, Irishness, and travel abroad. Topics include women's obsession with shoes, the fitting-into-the-wedding-dress diet, buying a house, and Botox and other miracles. She is especially funny on the topic of marriage--after her husband requests her assistance in finding his cuff links at 7 a.m., she chants, "The womb is not a locating device." She is serious in spots, as when she discusses her alcoholism, and some of the pieces seem dated (most are from the late '90s). Still, her fans will want to get an up-close look at this wildly popular author. Joanne WilkinsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved