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Contents I. PROLOGUE TO A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN Giddy! "Complicity," He Said The Fifties -- Root of All Panty Girdles II. DATING GODDAMMIT Problem Lady Getting Laid: The Point Dater Beware The Alleged Shame of Solo III. RELATIONSHIPS AND BREAKDOWNS Problem Lady What Are Boundary Issues? Listening to Peanut M&M's Beware of Love at First Sight The Sixties, Still a Problem for the Chicks IV. ALPHA BITCH SOUP Women's Intuition? My Life as a Man Men: The Default Sex Bitch! Bitch! Bitch? Mothering Made Easy Hardwired Problem Lady V. FALLING DOWN Leaving Home The Seventies VI. A NEW LEASH Life: A Theme Park My Angel Homer Dog Is My Copilot Take My Collectibles, Please Little Annie, Happy at Last Political Correction A Very Modern Wedding Problem Lady Mental Notes The Hobag Manifesto The Heart Is a Lonely Muncher
Cynthia Heimel is the author of seven books and numerous articles and columns in such publications as New York magazine and the New York Daily News. She lives in Oakland, California.
In this sequel to Sex Tips for Girls, Heimel offers her sardonic advice and wry observations on the difficulties of being a woman during the past 40 years. Thirty-two short chapters cover topics as varied as men's preference for bitchy women, Heimel's delight in discovering feminism, eating out of frustration, and trying testosterone patches. Several chapters deal with her close connection with her many dogs, including the "beagle-ish" Homer, who had "no pedigree at all, just essence of K-9, which, if you ask me, is at least next to godliness." Heimel has a knack for choosing snappy cover titles and for poking fun at male behavior, and here she reveals much of her personal life. Some readers will find her sex tips hilarious and sassy. Others will consider them frivolous, vulgar, and full of anger. A suitable purchase for larger public libraries. Ilse Heidmann, Olympia, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Merrill Markoe author of It's My F---ing Birthday [This] book is so funny, smart, and hilariously enraged that I cannot recommend it too highly. Well, I guess I could. But I don't know where that would get us exactly. Seattle Weekly [A] long awaited...trip (and tip) worth taking. Anne Lamott author of Traveling Mercies Cynthia Heimel is the funniest, most wonderful writer on romance, and sex, and bodies. Sometimes she makes me laugh out loud and sometimes she makes me feel like crying. This book is even better than Sex Tips for Girls. I'm going to tell people I wrote it. Lori Gottlieb People Wickedly hilarious essays...all snappy fun.
Twenty years ago, Heimel's Sex Tips for Girls was a hot item for women with bad attitude; her down-and-dirty, irreverent take on male-female relations was a welcome relief, after eons of machismo and years of second-wave feminist struggle. Her sequel, however, is a mixed bag: a little of the old rap on men-to-avoid-like-the-plague (serial killers; "/" guys like plumber/poets and dentist/photographers; "Renaissance" men who think they know more than you do about everything; etc.), a lot about the joys of mindless sex and some ambivalent passages on the joys of singlehood. It's all woven around a loose version of her own personal history, from repressive girdles in the '50s, hippie pleasures of the '60s, feminism in the '70s, dogs in the '90s (it's a DNA thing, as "all cells reach toward dogitude"), culminating in menopause. She doesn't end there, though. With a quick Heimel maneuver, she tacks on three pages of true romance so readers will know she's still into love and men and all that good stuff. While there are some witty moments, especially her menopausal manifesto against wearing "purple drapes," caftans and ponchos, she mainly obsesses about needing sex, needing to flee needy relationships and faking being happy about being alone. It's as if Heimel has turned into a parody of herself: too much "ooh baby" and overexcitement, and readers will begin to think she's just faking it. Still, old fans will buy this sequel, anyway, even if the elastic has lost its snap. Agent, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. (Feb. 13) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.