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The Celibacy Club

3.2  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
This vibrant collection of nineteen short stories by the two-time winner of the prestigious O. Henry Prize is by turns erotic, wildly funny, bawdy, and poignant. Eidus explores our contemporary obsessions: sex—both safe and not-so-safe; Prozac, the '90s drug of choice; Nautilus machine mania; the sinister attraction of vampires; film star James Dean; and rock ‘n’ roll ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by City Lights Publishers (first published 1997)
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Oct 08, 2016 Nikmaack rated it really liked it
Eidus' essay in the book "How Does That Make You Feel?" (essays by therapists and people in therapy) was, by far, the best of the bunch. Her simple, matter of fact style is what I crave. So I picked up this book, looking for more writing by her. Some of these stories are really great, moving, and very cleanly written. A few only suffer because they are so short.

I like the blend of ordinary real life with elements of fantasy. It's that Kafka way of drawing out more by adding a crazy element of th
Jan 01, 2016 Maryann rated it liked it
I picked this book up way back in grad school when the 90s were not that far behind us. Only now did I finally read it. And it felt so very 90s. Some of that retro feel was wonderful and reminded me of things I aspired to in my own writing of the time. Some of the pieces reminded me that I often don't miss the 90s.
Mar 16, 2008 Sam rated it did not like it
At its best, this book can be playful and irreverant. At its worst, it's obvious and juvenile. And it's usually at its worst. Reading this was a punishment.
Jun 21, 2007 Chris rated it liked it
Recommends it for: frustrated people
The one thing I took away from this basically silly novel was that if you've been having relationship troubles, maybe you just need a break. Very good advice. Not that great for a long novel.
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semi-cool sexy stories of the 90's. how did we survive them?
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