Men's Guide to the Women's Bathroom
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Men's Guide to the Women's Bathroom

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by Jo Barrett
     
 

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The Men's Guide to the Women's Bathroom strives to answer life's most imponderable question: What Do Women Really Do in the Bathroom?

When the witty and urbane Claire St. John leaves New York City and returns to Austin, Texas, she realizes that all of the good advice she has ever received has been from strangers in the women's bathroom. If only she'd

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The Men's Guide to the Women's Bathroom strives to answer life's most imponderable question: What Do Women Really Do in the Bathroom?

When the witty and urbane Claire St. John leaves New York City and returns to Austin, Texas, she realizes that all of the good advice she has ever received has been from strangers in the women's bathroom. If only she'd listened before she'd married the wrong man and wound up on the losing end of a divorce.

Swearing off men, Claire decides to take a big chance—she will quit her life as a lawyer and write the ultimate self-help book—a book detailing exactly what goes on in that most sacred feminine temple: the women's bathroom.

But will the new how-to guru ever learn to take her own advice? While she's discovering the truth behind the bathroom door, re-assimilating to Texas culture by eating "nuclear" jalapeño carrots, speeding down highways through the famed Texas hill country, and even joining an ill-fated booze cruise, Claire St. John is fighting her feelings for Jake Armstrong, a dashing organic food entrepreneur who threatens to throw off the balance of her new life. Will she be able to handle the pressure or will she watch her love life get flushed away?

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Heartbroken lawyer trades bagels and briefcases for salsa and self-discovery. Newly divorced and lacking a game plan for her future, Claire St. John leaves New York City and skedaddles home to Austin, Texas. Surrounded by girlfriends and family, Claire mulls over her next step. She's in her early 30s, but lacks focus and direction. Being a lawyer simply didn't suit this impetuous minx. She fancies herself witty, and she owns a laptop: Heck-why not become a writer? Thanks to a rent-free house provided by Mom, Claire's in no rush to deliver a finished product. She whiles away her days at the local coffee shop, munching on junk food and recording her attempts at observational humor. She decides to pen a humorous self-help book targeting men. Though neither especially funny nor particularly insightful about romance, she more than overcompensates with confidence for what she lacks in raw talent. As she pecks away at her laptop, she finds time to cultivate a new romance. She and Jake seem to be hitting it off, but Claire's sassy tongue gets her into trouble. Single and broke, she makes a last-ditch effort to launch her writing career and salvage the "Year of Claire." Risks have their rewards. Claire's unorthodox approach to relationships and business should fail, but Barrett revels in letting this underdog win. Unfortunately, her narrative is as undisciplined as her main character. Claire's boorish behavior is occasionally endearing, but for the most part, the characters are stereotypical and the comedy amateurish. Hard to figure how this ugly-duckling first novel landed Barrett a three-book deal. Agent: David Hale Smith/DHS Literary Inc.

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ISBN-13:
9780061128615
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/27/2007
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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