The Men's Guide to the Women's Bathroom

The 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


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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Jo Barrett was born in Okinawa, Japan. She moved to San Antonio, Texas, with her family and attended the University of Texas, Austin, where she received the Normandy Scholarship. From Texas she moved to Washington, D.C., to work on Capitol Hill. While working full-time, she earned a law degree from Georgetown University. Instead of taking a legal job, she moved to New York City to become a writer.

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Men's Guide to the Women's Bathroom 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Excellent read. Made me laugh out loud. Can't wait for the next two books to come out. Andy
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just laughed my way through this book. And that was often out loud! As a mid-thirties divorced woman, I completely related to this character. Jo Barrett tells it like it is when it comes to women's relationships with men -- and more importantly, with other women. There really is a lot -- some good and some bad -- that goes on behind the closed doors of the ladies room. And it's captured in a very clever way in this book. It's unique, funny, smart, candid and real. I've already ordered a few copies for friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Note to those seeking Confucius-level enlightenment or discovery into why one tends to make bad decisions in life: This is not your book. But, if you're looking for a light-hearted read that tells it like it is all while revealing some of the zesty conversations which take place in what women often treat as a confession box, the women's restroom, then this is your book. The character Claire St. John finds herself in a post-divorce situation feeling the 'un' state of mind: unsexy, unmotivated, unhappy. Though not making the most noble decisions, she behaves the way a good majority of American women have behaved in this same predicament, when in search of finding that BIG WIN which will hopefully, in turn, make good sense of all the hell and turmoil she's just been through. More importantly, Claire St. John goes about it in a self-deprecating and humorous way which should entertain any reader wanting a few laughs and incite into women's funny ways of thinking. I've already pre-ordered my best friend and my sister a birthday gift copy.
harstan More than 1 year ago
New York based divorce lawyer Claire St. John decides to leave the Big Apple and her high paying job to return to her hometown Austin, Texas after catching her spouse cheating on her. Claire vows no more men in her life and considers writing a book based on the best advice column in the world: the women's bathroom. --- Planning to heed the guidance of the strangers written reverently on the walls to avoid male jerks, Claire quickly gets rid of Manhattan mush as her friends and family welcome her back and her mom gives her a rent free home. However, there is one problem in her campaign the ¿Year of the Claire¿ that surfaces upon her reverting back to Longhorn status she is attracted to organic food business mogul Jake Armstrong, but her salsa mouth keeps getting in the way. --- This is a whimsical chick lit tale as the heroine¿s approach to life, relationships, and love seem inane especially when one considers she was a successful Manhattan divorce attorney. Still sub-genre fans will enjoy this lighthearted romp as you can take the Texan out of Texas, but cannot take the Texas out of the Texan as the moment Claire returns from that foreign land across the Hudson, she reacclimatizes amidst her friends, family, and Jake. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently read The Men's Guide while on vacation in Hawaii. I started the book during breakfast, and laughed my way to the end just after lunch! The perfect beach/poolside book! A favorite quote is, 'I have a date tonight. And not the kind of date where you stare across the table at the other person and think: I choose death.' While light and funny, the book also made me think about the power of belonging to the culture club of the women's bathroom. We all have our own stories--mine was borrowing lipstick from Elizabeth Hurley! Information is traded behind the door marked 'W' in a way unique to our gender. Buy the book today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fast read. I read it in a single night. So true to some of the stuff that happens in bathrooms. Good to see a divorced main character for a change.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious, hands-down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! Laughing uncontrollably at the bathroom scenes--especially the scene where the women talk about having a one-night stand in the bathroom. Priceless.