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Falling for Me: How I Hung Curtains, Learned to Cook, Traveled to Seville, and Fell in Love
Falling for Me: How I Hung Curtains, Learned to Cook, Traveled to Seville, and Fell in Love
by Anna David
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.56
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest touching and hilarious, October 12, 2011
The book is Anna's memoir of navigating her way though advanced singledom using Helen Gurley Brown's Sex and the Single Girl as a roadmap. , I was delighted to find that it easily transcends the parochial reach of the genre (that is to say, even I could enjoy it. Anna describes in brutally honest terms both the travails and pleasures of reaching our age as an unattached female. It is a really candid, touching account of where she has been that will move all who read it.

Her journey via Gurley Brown goes far beyond tricks to lure a man. Learning the various skills HBG advocates do the opposite of pushing her deeper into rules territory, leading her to examine why she feels she needs this so much and what in her own difficult upbringing has brought her to this emotional place of borderline panic.

As for the lessons from Sex and the Single Girl, it's fascinating to see how completely useless the self-improvement tips for the urban sophisticate are in today's brutal dating game. The typical Match date, as brilliantly described by Anna, seems a war of attrition with militant self-absorption as the weapon. For a date to notice your sparkling repartee they would have to take 30 seconds to stop patting themselves on the back, which it seems never happens.

But in the end, the lessons of HGB do seem kind of timeless, although not in the way the author intended. While they may not do you much good as romantic bait, making yourself a more sophisticated person, interested in the world and taking good care of one's self makes life a much more interesting pleasant place, and that is the big lesson Anna finds.


The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks
The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks
by Nicole Laporte
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look inside the dream machine, May 4, 2010
For anyone interested in HOllywood, this book is an amazing look inside the insanity of the movie business. And for anyone who isnt interested in Hollywood, its a breathtaking look at hubris on an enormous scale. A trio of moguls who, in tthe style of baby boomers, thought their own specialness would make things different just because it was them..But in the end, there was less to the specialness than met the eye. A must read!
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