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Lame Adventures: Unglamorous Tales From Manhattan Paperback – May 3, 2013

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Virginia Antonelli was born and raised in San Francisco. Her family’s yard had a white picket fence and her childhood was remarkably non-dysfunctional by today’s standards. She is the product of a very supportive family; her parents actually loved each other and neither of her siblings is a jerk. After moving to New York City in 1982, Antonelli, who at last count registers a score of 3.5 on the ambition-o-meter (1 being stoned slacker and 10 Madonna), completed a BFA in Film/TV at New York University. She proceeded to work a series of get-rich-slow jobs, went on to win no awards and has had zero fame or fortune. She’ll take a pass on fame because she has a proliferation of bad hair days. Fortune would be welcome because she tends to date high-maintenance women. She’s also inching toward retirement age and needs new socks.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480147672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480147676
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,799,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Antonelli serves up a slice of the Big Apple that few outsiders get to experience. Sandwiched between off-Broadway productions and museum tours are humorous snapshots of everyday life in Metropolis. She exposes us to the trials and afflictions of suffocating subway rides along with the satisfaction of enjoying a favorite muffin and the company of good friends. These Seinfeld-like episodes remind us that adventure can be found in even the most ordinary and mundane activities. With this cast of characters, Lame Adventures would make a great reality show.
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This wonderful comilation of tales of life in Little Olde New York is worthy of O.Henry and Damon Runyon with a 21st Century spin. And me thinks the author penned most of these wonderful passages at a cozy nook in the Emerald Inn of the Upper West Side, much like O. Henry did in his booth in his fave saloon near Gramecy Park!
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As a big fan of Lame Adventures blog, I could not wait to get my hands on this book. I love reading Ms. Antonelli's hilarious tales.
This book is one part memoir, one part funny as hell and one part poor woman's NYC travel guide! A must read that will not disappoint!Lame Adventures: Unglamorous Tales From Manhattan
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I first encountered the author's blog earlier this year and have become an avid follower. Her perceptive insights combined with her oh-so-intelligent-and-yet-wacky sense of humour never fail to provoke, inspire and/or entertain. I eagerly anticipate each post and was delighted when I discovered she was publishing this book. Be prepared to laugh out loud (really loud at times!) and get into a New York state of mind like you never have before!
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What happens to a dream deferred? Just ask Virginia Antonelli, author of Lame Adventures: Unglamorous Tales from Manhattan. Her book chronicles her quest to take New York by storm only to be forever sidetracked in the city she loves. But don't for a moment think this one is a downer. At every turn, Antonelli finds laughs and a warped, ironic humor in the art of under-achievement. As the heroine of her own vignettes, she is the latest in a series of New York working girls (the Carrie Bradshaws), but stripped down. Way down! There are no trips to Bloomingdales in her unglamorous tales. She has written a hilarious anthology of middle class survival in post Bloomberg New York.
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