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The Last Single Woman in Americaby Cindy Guidry
Synopses & Reviews
The funniest, freshest essayist since David Sedaris, Cindy Guidry examines American culture and present-day gender relations in all their confusing, heartbreaking, and hilarious glory.
After losing both her job and a potential husband, Cindy sets off to figure out why on earth she's so happy and soon must combat an onslaught of unsolicited advice from her mother, her "have it all" friends, and a Yoda-like waxing lady, and the guy next door. Making pit stops along the way to ponder everything from the satanic origins of the Internet to her disturbing discovery that men are the new women, Cindy ultimately finds inspiration in her CD collection and renewed hope via a love letter from an Indian gas station attendant.
Cindy Guidry is a self-aware woman with a razor-sharp wit, and in The Last Single Woman in America she takes us on an outrageously funny romp through her own unique mind, uncovering universal truths along the way.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A fresh and funny first book." 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
About the Author
A former film executive, Cindy Guidry grew up in New Orleans. This is her first book.
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