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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."

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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.

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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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marathongirl, December 1, 2012 (view all comments by marathongirl)
Before reading this memoir I knew very little about being a Mormon. I've been wondering more about the Mormon faith because one of our presidential candidates this year (2012)is a Mormon. I found this memoir to be compelling because of the insights into the Mormon faith, but also because it was extremely funny and honest. In the end this is a story of a woman questioning her faith and herself. I'm glad I got to come a long for part of her journey.
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labrys, July 30, 2011 (view all comments by labrys)
This memoir recounts the comic journey of Elna from devout Mormon moving to NYC to who she is today (don't want to spoil the ending...). From weight loss to romantic misadventures, it's a bumpy but hilarious ride. She's the only character that really develops in the book and there are a few inconsistencies (Astoria is NOT 5 blocks from the Bronx!) but fun summer fluff.
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ISBN:
9780452296497
Author:
Baker, Elna
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.02 x 5.46 x 0.64 in 0.54 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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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.

"Synopsis" by , 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.
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