Falling Into Manholes: The Memoir of a Bad/Good Girl

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Wendy Merrill is in recovery from...just about everything. Alcoholism, anorexia, you name it, she's battled it. And as far as men, well, it might have been an early warning sign when she took a college class called Dating and Marriage and got an F.

On the surface, she was a good girl, determined to excel. Secretly she was looking for love in all the wrong places-from strangers' beds to barstools- and falling into manholes every step of the way. With honesty, humor, and style, ...

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Overview

Wendy Merrill is in recovery from...just about everything. Alcoholism, anorexia, you name it, she's battled it. And as far as men, well, it might have been an early warning sign when she took a college class called Dating and Marriage and got an F.

On the surface, she was a good girl, determined to excel. Secretly she was looking for love in all the wrong places-from strangers' beds to barstools- and falling into manholes every step of the way. With honesty, humor, and style, Merrill explores relationships, self-esteem (and the lack thereof), and going to any lengths to discover what truly matters.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Merrill's debut collection of essays-which details her many troubled relationships, struggles with bulimia and alcoholism, and sexual adventures-tries too hard to entertain the reader and ends up disappointing instead. Merrill sets the stage as she warns that these essays are "embarrassingly honest tales, some of which I have been reluctant to admit, even to myself, until now." Her essay "First Born" explores her family background, providing some history to Merrill's bulimia and alcoholism, which took over her life by the time she was 18. She excessively describes her binging, purging and bathroom obsession, and wanders into clichéd sentences ("Johnnie Walker was a devoted and attentive lover who followed me around like a shadow"). As she emerges from rehab with a clean slate, it is evident to Merrill that she has replaced her addiction to alcohol with an addiction to men; unfortunately, it proves to be equally unhealthy. Despite her intuition that most of the men she engages with are nothing but trouble, Merrill continues to date ones who take her money, cheat on her, string her along and stand her up. Merrill's best essays are not about dating: in "Behind Bras," she volunteers to play tennis with inmates at San Quentin prison, and in "Still Born," she writes about growing up with her mother and her mother's death when Merrill was 16. (Mar.)

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Library Journal

Readers will learn and laugh as author Merrill, who runs a marketing communications company in California, reveals her constant struggles with life, love, and addiction in this absolutely hilarious memoir, also a realistic look at the author's emotional pain through the good times and bad. Merrill seems to have a knack for getting involved with all the wrong men: she repeatedly gets into the same types of messy, complicated, dysfunctional relationships. But through it all, she survives, maintaining her sense of wit to boot. Her book illustrates that life is truly a journey with many highs and lows, and it will appeal to all those who have fallen down and gotten back up again in their struggle to find themselves. Merrill has previously had two autobiographical essays published, in the anthologies Single Women of a Certain Ageand Single State of the Union. A great, quick read enjoyable from beginning to end; highly recommended for pubic libraries.
—Susan McClellan

School Library Journal

Merrill's debut collection of essays-which details her many troubled relationships, struggles with bulimia and alcoholism, and sexual adventures-tries too hard to entertain the reader and ends up disappointing instead. Merrill sets the stage as she warns that these essays are "embarrassingly honest tales, some of which I have been reluctant to admit, even to myself, until now." Her essay "First Born" explores her family background, providing some history to Merrill's bulimia and alcoholism, which took over her life by the time she was 18. She excessively describes her binging, purging and bathroom obsession, and wanders into clichéd sentences ("Johnnie Walker was a devoted and attentive lover who followed me around like a shadow"). As she emerges from rehab with a clean slate, it is evident to Merrill that she has replaced her addiction to alcohol with an addiction to men; unfortunately, it proves to be equally unhealthy. Despite her intuition that most of the men she engages with are nothing but trouble, Merrill continues to date ones who take her money, cheat on her, string her along and stand her up. Merrill's best essays are not about dating: in "Behind Bras," she volunteers to play tennis with inmates at San Quentin prison, and in "Still Born," she writes about growing up with her mother and her mother's death when Merrill was 16. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425225868
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,404,484
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Merrill runs a marketing communications company in Sausalito, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2008

    A Compelling Read!

    Falling Into Manholes is a virtual tour de force, combining wit, wisdom, informative facts, and emotional upheaval into a compelling reading experience. It is so rare to find an author with as distinctive a personal voice as Ms. Merrill, and my only wish is that the book were longer. I found myself laughing, crying, and wanting to shout `No - Don't Go There!' many times during my reading of this book. So if you want to read a book that educates, entertains, and challenges you, this is an excellent choice. I hope that Ms. Merrill continues her writing career because I can't wait for her next book. This one is an absolute gem - discover it now!

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