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Tabloid Love: Looking for Mr. Right in All the Wrong Places

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What if Bridget Jones were alive and well and living in Manhattan? Meet Bridget Harrison, a soon-to-be-thirty Brit, newly-on-the-scene reporter for America’s most famous tabloid, the New York Post. While her friends back in London are tossing their bridal bouquets, Bridget is chasing down the next big story-and her dream of becoming a topnotch journalist. But just when she’s perfected the art of interviewing complete strangers about ghoulish crimes, finding a mate in the Big Apple proves downright, well, ...

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Overview

What if Bridget Jones were alive and well and living in Manhattan? Meet Bridget Harrison, a soon-to-be-thirty Brit, newly-on-the-scene reporter for America’s most famous tabloid, the New York Post. While her friends back in London are tossing their bridal bouquets, Bridget is chasing down the next big story-and her dream of becoming a topnotch journalist. But just when she’s perfected the art of interviewing complete strangers about ghoulish crimes, finding a mate in the Big Apple proves downright, well, impossible. As Bridget learns (the hard way) the vexing rules of dating in the ultimate singles city, a silver lining appears in her dating cloud: She lands her very own Post column about her quest for love. Each Sunday half a million New Yorkers read about her match-ups with urban Romeos, including a man who tells her she’d be "one hot chick if she made a bit more of an effort" (even though she’s wearing her Page Six pal’s designer cast-offs) and another who shoves her into a cab before she can say "bugger off." Pursuing love under deadline, however, doesn’t make finding it any easier, especially when each week she has to run her copy by the very person she suspects might be the One. Wonderfully funny, poignant, smart, and gossipy, in the best sense, about the New York/Hamptons set, this tale is every woman’s story of the quest to have it all: a great job, a true love-and a livable apartment. Which, after all, doesn’t seem so bloody much to ask, does it?

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Publishers Weekly
Harrison was 29 when she came to the New York Post through an exchange program with a London newspaper. After breaking up with her English boyfriend, her initial four-month stint turned into a permanent position, and soon the metro reporter acquired a Sunday column detailing her dating mishaps-all the while nurturing a crush on one of her editors. The abrupt shifts in tone-Harrison's typical day involves racing from the scene of a child murder to a dinner date with a matchmaker-are jarring but manageable, thanks to Harrison's engaging voice, and the urban newspaper setting is a zippy backdrop for the real-life chick lit drama. It's particularly amusing when Harrison and her crush start dating, and she attempts to write about their relationship in the column by changing his vital information, failing to fool anyone at the Post. However, other scenes drag, and the saga limps on for more than 100 pages after Harrison's interoffice romance grinds to a halt. Harrison's misadventures will inevitably draw comparisons to those of the other Bridget (Jones), but with a little more practice, this young Brit could remove all confusion. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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New York Post columnist Harrison works over her love life in a predictable memoir. Moving from London to New York to take a newspaper job, the British singleton had trouble getting the hang of hardcore reporting. Asking people to spill their guts about, say, the recent murder of their uncle felt uncouth and invasive. Luckily, Harrison fell into writing a column about her desperate attempts to meet a man in Manhattan, where women between 20 and 49 outnumber their male contemporaries by about half a million. She went on blind dates and speed dates. She wrestled with the question of how often to call a guy she liked, whether or not to snog in the first five minutes of a date and whether Banana Republic's stretchy couture was "subtle-yet-sexy" or "way too tacky for a first date." Meanwhile, she was carrying a torch for her boss, Jack. Lo and behold, it turned out he was pining for her too, and the lovebirds finally got together. A serious relationship has just as much drama as a bunch of bad blind dates, Harrison demonstrates; after all, she was ensnared in an office romance, and her job was to chronicle her romantic adventures in the newspaper edited by her new honey. Things with Jack eventually fizzled, of course. Next came a wealthy banker, but he thought she took him for granted and ultimately gave her the boot. Harrison throws in the requisite, if uninspired, chapter on 9/11, and the familiar props of chick-lit are here in spades: endless hand-wringing about being too old to snag a guy or conceive a child, references to Manolo Blahniks and Sarah Jessica Parker, plus enough alcohol to float a small yacht. Sure to be a hit with romantically challenged readers, though neither as clever norcomical as, the fictional Bridget saga that doubtless inspired it. First printing of 60,000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738210445
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Columnist Bridget Harrison has written for the New York Post, the London Observer, and the Times and Sunday Times of London. She lives in New York City and London.

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    I really loved this book! Bridget is down to earth, very relatable and honest. A lot of the characters in the 'chick lit' books are shallow and annoying, but Bridget seemed like a normal girl with the right priorities. I liked how open and honest she was with some of her dating mistakes and I would say most, if not all, girls can relate!!!! I wanted to keep reading to see what happened next but at the same time I didn't want the book to end. One of the best books I've read in a long time!!

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