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The Between Boyfriends Book: A Collection of Cautiously Hopeful Essaysby Cindy Chupack
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Cindy Chupack takes a hilarious look at love, dating-and not dating-in this witty, truthful and utterly charming book. Tackling topics such as "sexual sorbet" (the first man you sleep with after a breakup), "the VISA defense" (the claim, usually invoked by men, that 'I paid, therefore I am innocent') and "eggsistential crisis" (a panic attack, common among women in their late thirties), The Between Boyfriends Book is as reassuring as that late-night post-date phone call to a best friend. It says: you may be single, but you are not alone.
"Oh, how I love this book! I laughed out loud again and again. It hits such an intimate and true chord, it's painful actually, how insightful Cindy Chupack is. Every woman who's been through the dating miasma must read it."
- Julia Sweeney
"Cindy Chupack is funny about single. Very funny. And smart. And sympathetic. And empathetic. And helpful. And the stories in this book are really horrible in a great way."
- Delia Ephron
"[F]unny and occasionally poignant....[F]ans of Sex and the City may hear echoes of Carrie Bradshaw's wry voice....Enough of Chupack's material...is clever and original enough to make this a good beach book..." Publishers Weekly
"[A] wry, upbeat tour of the dating scene....A positive spin on a state usually considered a downer." Kirkus Reviews
"The Between Boyfriends Book features first-person essays on relationships that sound so similar to something Carrie Bradshaw would think or say or write, it's tough not to hear Sarah Jessica Parker's voice in your ear when you read the book. Whether this is a good or a bad thing depends on your feelings about Parker and HBO's hit show....[L]ike the show, Chupack's book is often funny and insightful, and sometimes more than a little cloying....The puns are spread on way too thick, just as they are on the show, rendering what was once a distinguishing trait a repetitive, overly cute shortcut....Still, Chupack has that sharp sense of humor that's so notably missing in [Candace] Bushnell's novel. She gives the urban unmarried woman a much more sympathetic, self-aware voice....Chupack's sense of humor about herself and the likable humility of her voice is impossible to deny, and after a few pages, Sarah Jessica Parker's pert voice fades and all that's left is entertaining, sharp essays which, at their best, call to mind Cynthia Heimel's hilarious Los Angeles Times columns about the unflappable single girl." Heather Havrilesky, Salon.com
"Chupack keeps her message short and funny....[A] look at today's scary dating scene from the perspective of someone whose humor and insight gave single women everywhere a hero in Carrie; now they have a cohort in Chupack herself." Library Journal
"Cindy Chupack truly knows how to capture the horror and humor of single womanhood. This book demonstrates her amazing gift for spinning heartbreak into gold." Sarah Jessica Parker
"For most guys, books by women about dating are like women your mom wants you to date: frightening. But The Between Boyfriends Book is that rarest of 'chick books' — written by a chick who actually likes men and can tell you something useful about women. That she's hilarious and goes to a baseball game every once in a while is a bonus." Gary Belsky, coauthor of Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How to Correct Them
"Chupack writes with the candor and gallows humor of a woman who's seen it all, but with just enough poignancy to make it clear she believes in true love. You will laugh out loud and you won't lose hope." Amy Sohn, author of Run Catch Kiss
"Oh, how I love this book! I laughed out loud again and again. It hits such an intimate and true chord, it's painful actually, how insightful Cindy Chupack is. She has such great wit, such sharp perspectives. Every woman who's been through the dating miasma must read it." Julia Sweeney, author of God Said, "Ha!"
"Cindy Chupack is funny about being single. Very funny. And smart. And sympathetic. And empathetic. And helpful. And the stories in this book are really horrible in a great way." Delia Ephron, producer and screenwriter
"I laughed out loud and recognized myself and a million people I knew...honest, unself-pitying, and hilariously rich with detail." Betsy Carter, author of Nothing to Fall Back On: The Life and Times of a Perpetual Optimist
"The Between Boyfriends Book is slight, glib, clever to a point, and exceedingly pleased with itself....What I did find surprising...was that mixed in with the megapacks of condoms and the one-night stands were some of the most traditional attitudes about dating I've seen in a long while." Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
Fast, funny, observations about love, dating and the state of being single, by the executive producer of the hit show Sex and the City.
In this collection of cautiously hopeful essays, one of the Emmy Award-winning executive producers of HBO's Sex and the City takes a hilarious look at love, dating, and the state of being single.
The New York Times bestselling book from the Emmy-award winning writer/executive producer of Sex and The City
In the tradition of Cynthia Heimel and Merrill Markoe, fast, funny observational essays about love, dating and the state of being single, by one of the Writer/Executive Producers of Sex and the City.
The Between Boyfriends Book is an honest, hilarious look at the world of dating--and not dating--that will have fans rushing back for multiple copies to press on the psychic wounds of their afflicted friends. Chupack not only puts voice to the cheerful brutality that shapes young women's love lives, but creates bonus coinages to describe instantly recognizable dating tropes, such as:
* "sexual sorbet": the first person you sleep with after a breakup to remove the taste of a bad relationship
* "lone rangered": to have had a relationship end with no goodbye, no answers, just the vague feelings you have no idea who that man was
* "premature 'we'jaculation": a common dating dysfunction where one member of the couple starts using "we" before the other is ready.
About the Author
Cindy Chupack has written for a number of television shows, including Everybody Loves Raymond, and her work on Sex and the City has earned her Emmy and Golden Globe awards. She lives in New York and Los Angeles.
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