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Fresh out of graduate school with her MFA, Guillette has big plans for her literary life in New York City. Her first book will be about people's embarrassing moments, an idea her newly found agent, Jack, enthusiastically supports. Her relationship with him moves beyond the professional into a steamy flirtation, carried on while she has a steady boyfriend. As her love life heats up, it saps her concentration and writing time. Soon, she finds herself dealing with the stress by smoking and drinking far more than is healthy and prudent, especially because she works at a nonprofit health agency. Despite her problems, she continues interviewing anyone willing to share his or her embarrassing moments. Guillette tells her story with wit and honesty, capturing human weaknesses, including her own, that range from bathroom problems to spilled food and credit card rejections. But this self-discovery memoir of a 30-year-old facing romantic problems may have limited appeal. While readers may admire Guillette for her candor and writing skill, libraries on tight budgets might want to pass on this one.
—Nancy R. Ives