Doonan, New York Observer columnist and author of Confessions of a Window Dresser, loves wacky women, and if he ever opted for a sex change, "you bet your sweet bippy" he'd be one himself. A wacky chick (w.c.) is B.R.U.N.C.H.: "belligerent, resilient, uninhibited, naughty, creative and hilarious." She's got attitude and shows it, whether that means filling her apartment with exotic reptiles, setting up her own slashed latex garment business, collecting Chihuahua skeletons or dressing up as Satan in horns at anti-abortion rallies. True, w.c.'s have a hard time keeping jobs (which is why many turn their eccentricities into self-employment) and some "transition from wacky to wack-job" and start shooting, but there's no denying the tremendous life force these gals have. To Doonan, they epitomize feminism: "If the goal of women's liberation was to create a world where the sisters could do whatever the hell they wanted, then the wacky chick must surely be the screeching apotheosis of feminist achievement." Doonan has a gay time neologizing (e.g., "obnoxiosities," "chickorators," "fashiphanous fromage" ) his way through the life stories of some 16 wacky women in this silly but fun self-help book. His point? Support your local w.c. all you can: take her to lunch, treat her like a queen and "validate" her wackiness. "Becoming a wacky-chick hag" may even speed up "your own transformation from Nora Normal to B.R.U.N.C.H.
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Just in time for warm-weather reading comes Doonan's breezy, in-your-face book, in which the uppercase letters spill over from the title to be liberally sprinkled throughout, along with a splatter of exclamation marks every paragraph or so. Thus Doonan's breathless style (complete, somehow, with long, elliptical, though germane, sentences) becomes a character to equal any of the wacky chicks he has interviewed. Assembled from his weekly New York Observer column, his fashion-and-style-focused romp through Wacky Chick-dom (look out, Magic Kingdom!) will vastly entertain readers open to the wacky wisdom of a flea market fashion maven; a kick-ass, lemon-haired gossip columnist; a lizard enthusiast who hand-feeds a monster over five feet long; and a bride who emerges from an egg--and to Doonan's demonstration that these women are B.R.U.N.C.H--that is, Belligerent, Resilient, Uninhibited, Naughty, Creative, and Hilarious. Whitney Scott
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Simon Doonan doesn't disappoint, with his great anecdotes of amazing woman. Once again a great read and lots of witty talesPublished 11 months ago by Al Law
This book profiles some fabulously eccentric ladies, including the author's own Mum & Granny. Great stories, fashion tips and lots of fun. I am proud to be a Wacky Chick!Published 19 months ago by Dari T.
Amazing, made me want to look up all the wacky chicks mentioned and make them my new sheroes! Made me want to get out there and do my own happy wacky things that I want to do! Read morePublished 21 months ago by H. M. Bagnall
I want to be best friends with half of these fascinating kooky broads, along with Doonan. The excellent writing is sharp, warm, hilarious and inspirational. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Frances M. Budynek
I have started admiring Simon since the publication of his window dressing in W magazine.
I believe it was for Absolute Vodka. He used mannequins and I love him.
Simon Doonan has found the quintessential "wacky chicks" of our world and written lively portraits of each of these highly individualistic women. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Ralph
I love his books and have devoured every one of them I could find for Kindle. He's so funny and his observations on so many things are absolutely spot-on.Published on January 13, 2013 by C. Gardiner
This book is just average at best. Pictures of the women interviewed would have helped and often the writers style is just silly and over done. I had high hopes for this book. Read morePublished on March 8, 2012 by wildsolutes
This sounds like hyperbole but this book changed my life. It made me feel like I have the right to "own" my quirks and and even like myself for them instead of trying to hide them. Read morePublished on February 5, 2010 by Sizzalean