Sunday, October 23, 2011

Just Jennifer

Falling for Me: How I Hung Curtains, Learned to Cook, Traveled to Seville, and Fell in Love by Anna David (Harper, October 2011)

In the latest memoir of a young woman finding wisdom in and reframing her life using a book by a strong twentieth century woman as a guide, David, author and sex-and-relationship expert on G4's Attack of the Show finds herself in her early thirties without a steady relationship and no prospects on the horizon. She has just had an intense, non-sexual, two week relationship with a California artist whom she cannot get out of her head when she returns to her everyday life in Manhattan. Stumbling, literarily, across Helen Gurley Brown’s Sex and the Single Girl, offers David hope and helps her jump start her life, redecorating her apartment, learning how to cook, dressing well for herself and learning that she is worth taking the time to do these things for, even without a mate. Along the way, David searches for love in places Brown suggests (dog walking) and in places she doesn’t ( and finds that she may just be her own perfect match. While not everyone will go to the lengths David did, going directly to Brown’s resource for vitamin advice, David’s journey is a good reminder that nothing beats a perfectly roasted chicken or a fabulous ensemble (complete with a well-fitting bra) to lift one's…well, spirits.

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