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The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  98,594 ratings  ·  2,332 reviews
-- Over 260,000 hardcover copies in 19 printings
-- The Viking hardcover spent 15 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 17 weeks on the Los Angeles Times list, 17 weeks on the San Francisco Chronicle list, 16 weeks on the Boston Globe list, 6 weeks on the Philadelphia Inquirer list, 14 weeks on the Publishers Weekly list, 15 weeks on the USA Today list, and made appe
Paperback, 274 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Turtleback Books (first published December 29th 1998)
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This book sucked some major balls.
It is a shame that Bank's prose is categorized as chick lit, because there is real weight and substance in her writing style. Perhaps she gets lumped into that fluffy genre because of her age and her contemporaries are cranking out pop fiction instead of literary fiction.

Her characters proceed with humor, but it is not cheeky or plucky. If her characters were brought to life on tv, it would be a drama, not a comedy.

Like my favorite short story collection of all time, The Nick Adams Stories, the
carey lina
0 stars. if i wanted to spend hours hearing another female continually question her own abilities and judge herself mediocre, I could just hang out with myself.

Found in Last Word trash. A good place

Also someone edited in an extra, unrelated chapter
Jul 08, 2008 Martha rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not many people. Read it or don't. You have been warned.
Shelves: chick-lit
This book was supposed to be what started the "chick lit" genre...and I don't get it. I thought it bordered on depressing. Now in all fairness, I read it between Jen Lancaster books so....but really, it had a bleak, Russian winter feel to it. Jane's relationship with Archie, the alcoholic older man, was just so sad that I wanted to beat her for even entertaining the notion of such a self-indulgent ass in her life. There was nothing fun or uplifting or even redeeming about this story line. Based ...more
This book drove me crazy. So many of my friends loved it and insisted I read it. I hated it. I thought I was missing something, so I read it again. Still hated it. Ugh.
Karen Dmytrasz
Based on the title, I thought that this novel would have some feminist themes, encouraging women to do things that normally men do, but instead this was a book about a series of romantic affairs, none of which were particularly engaging, memorable or unique.

After realizing that the book was about relationships, at a minimum, I had hoped Ms. Bank would shed some new light on the woman's struggle to find a male partner in modern America...Instead, I found her writing to be caddy and her plot to b
I couldn't believe the disconnect between the reviews of this book and its content. The New Yorker actually compares it to Bridget Jones, because, you know, all books written by women with a female protagonist in her 20s are the same. I thought this read like serious literary fiction. If a guy had written this book, he'd be called the next Salinger. If an older woman had written this book her name would be Abigail Thomas and it would be a memoir titled Safekeeping .

To be fair, I picked this
One of my roommate's boyfriends told me that I needed to learn something about feminine mystique. He was probably right because I have never understood many things about why some take so long in the bathroom, and why every time a driver is repeatedly running into the garage wall while backing out, it turns out to be a woman (why?). Sometimes I read books such as this in an effort to find feminine mystique.

Ths book is about a woman and the men she dates. The woman is on a postmodern
Aug 24, 2011 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lost and incurable
“It occurred to me that the quiet in the suburbs had nothing to do with peace.”

I believe it is time for another identity crisis. It has been a few years. My neurosis is making farm animals out of dust clusters in this particular corner and screaming to be taken for a walk. It’s time to lube up and face the fact that I might just be becoming one of those women that I want to kick in the shins with my doc martens and spit and spew snarky, inappropriate, gen x’er, manifesto-esque, Jenny Holzer Trui
Ok... I read this book a while ago. I saw it on our bookshelf and realized I had completely forgotten what it was about. I decided to re-read it... and guess what? I cannot remember what it is about. I don't think I can go for a third time. I have to say that the cover and title seduced me. Apparently, the story didn't.
My favorite story is “Advanced Beginners.” I could read a whole novel about Jane at 14. Melissa Bank really has a flair for one-liners. I love when her brother asks if she read the Norwegian philosophy book he gave her, and she says, “I spent about a month reading it one afternoon.” I love all the little details in her stories because she doesn’t beat you over the head with them. They’re sparse and significant. You don’t have to skip over long descriptions of trees and wallpaper and shit. It’s a ...more
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Nov 21, 2014 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Amy Bloom, Simona Vinci, or Margaret Atwood's short stories
I love this book, but gosh, do I hate the packaging. My copy is lemon yellow and girly pink and it looks like rubbish chick lit.

I would just like to clarify that this book is not chick lit. It's strong and truthful and real and and and... well. It makes me bristle and want to defend its honour. It's written as a series of short stories about the men in the life of a woman called Jane. (I suppose you could call them chapters, but I think of it more like Amy Bloom's short stories than a tradition
Jul 26, 2007 Bridget rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I don't know I would recommend it!
I just finished this book and I've got to tell you I was utterly disappointed. I remember this book was out around the time that Bridget Jones' Diary was out and they were comparing the two as "great novels for single females". While Bridget Jones did the trick, this book did not satisfy me what-so-ever. I didn't really feel any connection or feel like I bonded with the main character Jane. I can't imagine dating someone 28 years older than me who also is an alcoholic no matter what people say a ...more
Jan 30, 2008 MJ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked Bridgey Jones' Diary
Recommended to MJ by: Ultimate reading List
This is a series of short stories about Jane. (Well one story is about her neighbors.) We first meet her at 14 during summer vacation when her older brother brings home a girl for the weekend. From there we see her grow as she searches for her place in the world and looking for love. As we read her story we relate to her frustration at work, her choices in men and her grief when her father is dies. Jane is witty and at times a bit dark. My favorite story is when she meets a man at a friends wedd ...more
Aug 21, 2008 Wendi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sarah, Tina, Beth
This is one of those books that you fall in love with immediately. From sentence one to the very last, it's a book that sticks with you.

It's made up of short stories, snapshots of main character's life. Even though the stories were quick I felt like I got this wonderful portrait of the character Jane.

We watch her grow up and coming into herself. She reminds me of a combination of my girl friends - from junior high right on up to my current gal pals - including my female friends that are my seni
Funny. Witty. Quirky. Entertaining. A joy to read. Good stuff!

Just what I needed to pass the silent moments swaddled in covers attempting to get over whatever bug seems to have broken through my vitamin C barrier and given me some type of cold or flu. I hate being sick but I'm glad this was the book I happened to start before I went down for the count. It wasn't hard. I didn't have to think. Just read. Be entertained and chuckle a little. This was a short read and considering, this is going to b
I found this somewhat disappointing. Not that it was a bad book - but it really meandered and it wasn't as enthralling as I had hoped. It had moments but over all not what I thought I was getting into.
I kind of don't get this book, and I'm not sure how to rate it. Some of it I liked, some I didn't. The biggest thing I don't get is that I thought it was a novel. Like all the way through about the same character. And it is - it's her coming of age story, from the time she was 14 (my favorite part of the book), up until probably her 30's. And it's broken up into sections of her life and told by her. But then, just kind of randomly, there are two sections that aren't told by her and aren't about ...more
I had heard this book was a novel satirizing novels about women fixated on catching a man and the Finding and Keeping Mr. Right type self-help books. The last chapter came the closest to fitting this description and even that was predictable and poorly done. Perhaps I had wrong information and am judging this book too harshly because it wasn't what I was expecting when it was never intended to be that. All I know is that it was a struggle for me to finish this.

Overall, this read more like a coll
The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing is a compilation of short stories, mostly revolving around the character Jane Rosenal, a sarcastic yet unquestionably endearing New Yorker whose growth we see marked by different events and stages of her life. Each chapter/story leaves Jane with ideas and revelations to ponder about herself, life, relationships, and love, and how all of these things relate to each other. Bank uses the cute analogy of "hunting and fishing" to relate to the process of findi ...more
Sometimes you read the right book at the right time in your life and it just clicks. As a single, independent woman living in the big city, I can relate with Jane's journey to find out who she is and what she wants her life to be. Some reviews I've seen call this novel the first "chick lit" of the new millennium, which is both demeaning and misogynistic, putting a book written by a woman about women in a second-class category. Sure there are stories about dating, but the men are used more to ill ...more
This book was lent to me against my will. A dear friend said it was good and I should read it; I asked whether it was just about romantic relationships, as the blurb suggested it was, and would thus not be to my taste. She said maybe, but that I should read it anyway. So I have done so, as fast as I could in order to be able to give it back. I was correct in my initial assessment. [EDITED TO ADD: My dear friend has since admitted that she lent me the book because she didn't want it! A book-based ...more
I adored this. I read myself and every female friend I've ever had in this book. It bordered on cliche at times, but missed it. And from a writer's perspective, this is a sneaky and awesome way to write a novel if you don't know how to write a novel. I think it turned out considerably better than it would have if she'd tried to connect every dot and make it a real "book". Short stories were beautiful.

I particularly ended up pointing out the last story to my boyfriend, when he mentioned that he
Like a lot of people I thought this was a chick-lit book and it is definitely women's fiction, or just, a really freaking great collection of stories. I can't believe this made a worst book of all time list. I was so touched by so many of these characters.

Here is my favorite quote from the book:

"You can feel that he wants to own you--not like an object but like a good dream he wants to keep having. He lets you know that you already own him."

My two favorite stories were You Could Be Anyone and
I hate the term "chick lit," but I guess that's what this book falls under. It's a collection of short stories, mainly centering around a woman named Jane.

My favorite story is the last one, from which the title of the book comes. In this story, Jane is reading one of those hideous rules-of-dating books, but the rules actually work for a little while.

One of my favorite things about this story in particular is the humor. Jane pictures two girls she went to high school with--you know the kind: pret
The first time I read it, I had the same preconceptions on what the story ought to be: A novel about a literary agent in Manhattan trying and failing to find love, peppered with witticisms and ultra-hip whining, drinking of cosmopolitans, et cetera. I actually became a little annoyed when I found out that Girl’s Guide is actually not a full novel so much as a collection of loosely connected narratives. The stories takes us through the lives of these urbane individuals who weren’t immune to heart ...more
Katarina Daroshca
I am not sure why this book received the hype it did. Does Melissa just have fabulous publishing connections? The book teaches you nothing except that love is sometimes difficult (no brainstorm there). Jane doesn't experience most of the love traumas most women do. None of the men up and leave her. None really cheat on her (there's one maybe brief moment of infidelity) or abuse her. They all seem to adore her, perhaps in their limited way, but adore her nonetheless. And she always leaves them. W ...more
The prose is often much better than that of most "chick lit" novels. But half the jokes made me feel like I was watching a bad Woody Allen movie or a flailing stand-up comic. Too much shtick, too many puns, too much that says: "hey, this is a high-brow over-literate book by and about over-literate people". I got the references, but then I groaned that the were made to begin with.

It just reads like it's trying too hard, like Jane and her old man boyfriend are trying too hard. And it detracts from

Banks' book takes a realistic, profound look at different types of love. She is easy to read and hilarious. My one critique is that I thought two chapters in the book were unnecessary. "In the Best Possible Light" was redundant and the other one told in second person, (I can't remember the chapter title)seemed out of place and seemed to be trying too hard to make its point.

Despite these two flaws, Melissa Bank is one of my favorite authors. Robert, one the protagonist's love interests, wants his
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"Melissa Bank (born in 1961 in Philadelphia) is an American author. She has published two books, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, a volume of short stories, and The Wonder Spot," a novel, which have been translated into over thirty languages. Bank was the winner of the 1993 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction. She currently teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.

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“I felt I couldn't lose anything else, but just then I realized I already had: I'd lost the hope that I would ever be loved in just that way again.” 69 likes
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