San Francisco writer Gonick has put together a collection of humorous es says on the state of being single in the 1980s, presumably based on her own experiences. She has divided these pieces into large categories``Look ing,'' ``Together,'' ``Breaking Up,'' and ``Alone''on which she then elaborates. She scrutinizes such sub jects as being a victim of fashion, mar ried men posing as swingers, match making, playing second-fiddle to a boyfriend's dog, contact lenses, going out dancing alone, and other dating dilemmas, disasters, and triumphs. These pieces are often hilarious; at the very least the reader will chuckle with recognition as Gonick beautifully characterizes being a single woman living alone in the big city. For most public libraries. Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Lib., Seaside, Cal.