Statements: True Tales of Life, Love, and Credit Card Bills

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She was too busy to keep a diary. Luckily, AmEx kept one for her.

From comedian Amy Borkowsky comes a hilarious collection about how she-quite literally-spent her early years as a single career woman. After digging out several dust-covered boxes from the back of her closet, Amy discovered twelve years' worth of credit card statements, documenting, in their own way, every significant event in her life. They show that on July 12, 1993, Amy spent...
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She was too busy to keep a diary. Luckily, AmEx kept one for her.

From comedian Amy Borkowsky comes a hilarious collection about how she-quite literally-spent her early years as a single career woman. After digging out several dust-covered boxes from the back of her closet, Amy discovered twelve years' worth of credit card statements, documenting, in their own way, every significant event in her life. They show that on July 12, 1993, Amy spent $189.12 at Victoria's Secret, and that on July 14 she returned the entire purchase-evidence of a relationship that suddenly unraveled, right before The Lingerie Phase. The $601.76 she spent at Ann Taylor reminds her of her quest to find a suit that would cover not only her torso but also her career-related insecurities, and a $30.25 charge for her first Caller ID box recalls her first fruitless attempts to block out her interfering mother. Every purchase tells a story, and this wickedly funny account relates Amy's search for what every young woman is really shopping for in life: love, success, and independence.

Author Biography: Amy Borkowsky is a Manhattan-based comedian and the author of Amy's Answering Machine: Messages from Mom. Before launching her full-time comedy career, Amy lived the hectic life of an Executive Vice President and Creative Group Head at a major Manhattan advertising agency, where she won dozens of awards including five Clios, three Cannes Festival Lions, and an Emmy. Amy now devotes herself exclusively to performing, speaking, and developing new comedy projects.

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Like most of us, Amy Borkowsky was always too busy to keep a diary. Luckily, Amex kept one for her. When the New York comedian dug out 12 years of dust-covered credit card records, she felt like Heinrich Schliemann at Troy. Her archaeological discovery, unlike his, exposed layers of the past perhaps best left forgotten. For instance, Amy discovered that on July 12, 1993, she spent $189.12 at Victoria's Secret on nighttime naughties, then returned them all two days later, providing crucial evidence of a relationship that had unraveled just before the crucial Lingerie Phase. Borkowsky's credit card confessions will cause ripples of laughter and self-recognition.
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Some young, single New York women pour their hearts out in diaries; others are just so busy they don't think to record their daily movements. In a gimmicky twist, Borkowsky, whose Amy's Answering Machine collected phone messages her mother left her, draws on her credit card statements to provide an exhaustive account of what she did for 12 years as a junior advertising executive by day, party girl by night. Written as a series of individual stories that illustrate the mundane (frequent gourmet coffee consumption), romantic (charges for dinner dates, gifts for boyfriends) and practical (her first new couch, mounting costs for baby gifts for friends) aspects of her existence, the record serves as a surprisingly vivid if eventually tedious portrait of the priorities in Borkowsky's personal life. Readers learn of her penchant for Chinese takeout and her various attempts at self-improvement through night classes and home improvement with a caulking gun. The grand finale, which Borkowsky wishes for all her readers, includes charges for a wedding dress, honeymoon resort, baby clothes and graduate school tuition. Most readers will learn more-and have a better time-by poring over their own bills and connecting the dots. Agent, Andrea Somberg. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781596090873
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/26/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    Very Funny

    This was a quick read and I laughed out loud while reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2005

    Fabulous

    This book is just so fun to read. I use my credit card statements all the time to fill in things on my calendar to remember what I did. The experiences that she goes through are so great...you can almost feel exactly how she felt at certain moments in the book. It's a great read, I read the whole thing in an afternoon.

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