A kick-ass collection of essays by 37 funny, independent women, writing about all aspects of the single life -- from buying a house without a spouse to battling pressure from family and friends to that baffling search for Mr. Right Sperm Donor. Contributors include Margaret Cho, Jane Ganahl, Susan Jane Gilman, Chelsea Handler, Laurie Notaro and Susan Shapiro.
Diane gives an overview of the book:
Do single women not have dying parents or sick pets or the occasional termite problem? Do we not have careers that fascinate us, friends that aggravate us, gods to grapple with, sexual personas to explore, preludes to learn, hoodies to knit, dogs to train, hogs to ride, corn to hoe, children to raise, and now and again, a backed-up toilet to fix? Are we truly so vacant, so one-dimensional, so shallow and predictable that our only concern is figuring out which online dating service we'll log onto tonight and/or which pair of strappy sandals we'll wear on our exciting date with Dirk from accounting?
Hardly. It's just that for certain members of society and the media (for instance, the people responsible for promos like "Up next, when the party begins, the women compete for the bachelor's attention -- and for a pair of diamond earrings!"), that's their story and they're sticking to it. Whether single women like it or not, we're going to have our feet crammed into a pair of tiny glass slippers and sent stumbling off in the general direction of a ball.
And for many, present company included, the toes on those little glass suckers are really starting to pinch.
Diane Mapes is the author of How to Date in a Post-Dating World and the editor of Single State of the Union: Single Women Speak Out on Life, Love and the Pursuit of Happiness. At present, she writes stories about health, lifestyle and singles issues for ...