Bathing & the Single Girl

Bathing & the Single Girl

by Christine Elise McCarthy

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Bathing & the Single Girl by Christine Elise McCarthy

The life of an actress in LA isn't all glamour, money, and bedding rock stars. Sometimes it's more about humiliation, red wine hangovers, and the bad decisions they fuel. Ruby Fitzgerald has barely worked in years, not that anyone remembers her for anything but her short stint on a long-canceled but iconic TV show. But that was back when her career prospects seemed on the upswing -- longer ago than Ruby cares to admit -- and awkward sex with regrettable partners is doing nothing to take the edge off. Everything once functional in her house is going on strike, but the unemployment checks barely cover the mortgage, and a self-respecting girl needs to be able to pay her bar tab -- so repairs are on hold. One more bubble bath and a few more cocktails. A gal can always get responsible tomorrow.

With everything mounting against her, a cranky and increasingly despairing Ruby will have to find out if her life�s larger indignities are the result of bad luck, or a chronically bad attitude. What follows is a walking tour of the hilarious depths you can sink to if you stop exercising your best judgment.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148355595
Publisher: Multum in Parvo
Publication date: 01/27/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 372
Sales rank: 882,302
File size: 369 KB

About the Author

Christine Elise McCarthy has been acting professionally for 25 years and is recognized primarily for her roles as U4EA-popping bad girl, Emily Valentine, on Beverly Hills, 90210, as Harper Tracy on ER, and as Kyle, the gal who killed Chucky in Child�s Play 2. She has also appeared in recurring roles on China Beach, In the Heat of the Night, and Tell Me You Love Me. Among her other film roles are Abel Ferrara�s Body Snatchers and two films starring Viggo Mortensen: Vanishing Point and Boiling Point.

As a writer, she has written three episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 as well as characters and storylines for the series, a pilot that was optioned by Aaron Spelling, and comical true-life essays that she performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Naked Angels theaters in LA. She maintains an irreverent food porn blog called www.DelightfulDeliciousDelovely.com for which she provides recipes, photographs and sometimes shares details of the triumphs and, more frequently, the humiliations of her own life. She has a great passion for photography (www.MyPinUpArt.com) and has shown her pin-up and decaying Americana imagery in the United States & Paris. She has been on the selection committee of Michigan�s Waterfront Film Festival since its inception in 1999, she is co-director of the Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival, programs for the Self-Medicated Film Festival and The Lady Filmmakers Film Festival, and consults & judges for many others. Her directorial debut, Bathing & the Single Girl, was accepted into over 100 film festivals and won 20 awards.

Bathing & the Single Girl, based on the short film, is her debut novel.

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Bathing & the Single Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read on July 29, 2014 Book Info  Paperback, 372 pages Published February 2014 by Multum In Parvo Publishing (first published January 26th 2014) ISBN 0991304659 (ISBN13: 9780991304653) edition language English other editions (3) Source:Digital copy from author Book Buy Links  Amazon  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS BATHING & THE SINGLE GIRL is the smutty, mercilessly irreverent and laugh-out-loud funny debut novel by actress Christine Elise McCarthy. Inspired by her one-woman short film of the same name, it’s the kind of novel Jonathan Ames might write if he’d dropped out of college and had been working as an actress in Hollywood for the last 20 years. The life of an actress in LA isn’t all glamour, money, and bedding rock stars. Sometimes it’s more about humiliation, red wine hangovers, and the bad decisions they fuel. Ruby Fitzgerald has barely worked in years, not that anyone remembers her for anything but her short stint on a long-canceled but iconic TV show. But that was back when her career prospects seemed on the upswing -- longer ago than Ruby cares to admit, and awkward sex with regrettable partners is doing nothing to take the edge off. Everything once functional in her house is going on strike, but the unemployment checks barely cover the mortgage, and a self-respecting girl needs to be able to pay her bar tab -- so repairs are on hold. One more bubble bath and a few more cocktails. A gal can always get responsible tomorrow. With everything mounting against her, a cranky and increasingly despairing Ruby will have to find out if her life’s larger indignities are the result of bad luck, or a chronically bad attitude. What follows is a walking tour of the hilarious depths you can sink to if you stop exercising your best judgment. My Thoughts From the clever chapter titles to the in depth honest look into the day to day life that Ruby Fitzgerald finds herself flailing through this one will grip you and pull you in despite any misgivings that it may be too close to reality that many people have faced at one time or another in their lives. Awesome laugh out loud bawdy humor mixed with a strong dose of sarcastic honesty combine to create a read that will fly by too quickly and a female lead character that we all would love to have every dream come true. You really cannot help but like Ruby, she is so focused on a goal she made so many years ago she does not seem to realize that maybe it is really time to rethink what she needs to be happy. Acting was and is her dream career, however in a world that reveres youth more than talent she does not seem to have a place anymore. For the past 10 years of her life jobs have been getting fewer and fewer until what is offered her is so absurd that even as desperate for cash flow as Ruby has become there is no way she can in good conscience associate with the production her agent wishes her to try out for. Ruby grows on you, even as you wish there were a way to tell her that the bad judgment she seems determined to keep succumbing to is only going to make things worse for her not better in the long run. Funny with a clear cut message of hope at the end, Ruby Fitzgerald embodies many women and her path to self discovery as well as her path to overcoming self destruction is cluttered but realistic. [Digital copy from author in exchange for honest review]
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
BATHING & THE SINGLE GIRL stars Ruby, a down-on-her-luck actress with bad taste in men and a non-existent bank account. Somehow she manages to make things work…for a while. As Ruby searches for Mr. Right and the next role, she does a bit of soul searching. BATHING & THE SINGLE GIRL is irreverently hilarious and poignant. As Ruby goes to audition after audition, dates Mr. Wrong after Mr. Wrong, and her house is breaking down around her she still thinks the next big thing is around the corner. Until so much goes wrong she can’t help by stare the truth in the face. Even though she’s a strong woman, loyal friend, and very intelligent, Ruby does her best to stick her head in the sand. Witnessing Ruby’s bad (yet outrageously funny) decisions and her journey to reclaim success, you’ll laugh, cry, and cringe right along with her. I definitely laughed out loud (which got me strange looks) and felt for Ruby as she went through all her trials and tribulations. BATHING & THE SINGLE GIRL packs a powerful punch and many laughs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By the end i was tired of the self loathing. The last 25 pages and the awaking made up for it. Also there is some huge laugh out loud until my stomach hurt, make my boyfriend read and laugh again moments that make it all worth it.
vltow More than 1 year ago
This was a great read!  Hilarious!!  Once I started reading, I didn't want to put it down!
Reggie8 More than 1 year ago
This is THE funniest book I have read in years. You will not be able or want to put it down. We can all relate to Ruby's misfortunes. You will never look at expired multivitamins the same way EVER !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! This book is hilarious! Irreverent! Sarcastic, witty, amusing and pee your pants funny! This is the ONE book you should buy for yourself this year!