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The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance: A Memoirby Elna Baker
Elna Baker is a practicing Mormon and stand-up comic who lives in New York City and says yes to everything but sex and drugs (including alcohol and caffeine), so she's broken some conventions in a spectacular way. And as she says, "Because there aren't very many Mormon men to choose from in the city, I've dated primarily non-Mormons. Only because I don't have sex before marriage, the longest relationship I've been able to sustain in NYC is four weeks. And that's only because for two of those weeks the guy was out of town." For a representative example, see "Top Five Worst Dates" on Powell's blog.
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"A wickedly funny debut. Baker is both self-absorbed and generous, whip-smart and naïve; she apologizes for none of it."
It's lonely being a Mormon in New York City. Every year, Elna Baker attends the New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance. This year, her Queen Bee costume (which involves a funnel stinger stuck to her butt) isn't attracting the attention she'd anticipated. So once again, Elna finds herself alone, standing at the punch bowl, stocking up on Oreos, a virgin in a room full of thirty-year-old virgins doing the Funky Chicken. But loneliness is nothing compared to what Elna feels when she loses eighty pounds, finds herself suddenly beautiful...and in love with an atheist.
Brazenly honest, The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance is Elna Baker's hilarious and heartfelt chronicle of her attempt to find love in a city full of strangers and see if she can steer clear of temptation and just get by on God.
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Baker--writer, actress, and stand-up comedian--finds herself at the New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, a virgin in a room full of virgins. Cultivating an oxymoronic identity as a bold, modern, abstinent, religious comic, Baker test-drives her identity and finds herself in the strangest of scenarios.
About the Author
Elna Baker is a Mormon stand-up comedian, writer and solo performer who specializes in comedic storytelling. She lives in New York City.
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