Of the three books on Google I've recently read -- "Googled" by Ken Auletta, "What Would Google Do?" by Jeff Jarvis, and this one, I like Auletta's bo...moreOf the three books on Google I've recently read -- "Googled" by Ken Auletta, "What Would Google Do?" by Jeff Jarvis, and this one, I like Auletta's book the best for the quality of his writing, research and analysis. (less)
I never thought I’d meet another woman who admitted to being bored at the Olympics of sexual gymnastics – a Ping-Pong sex show in Thailand. (I refer y...moreI never thought I’d meet another woman who admitted to being bored at the Olympics of sexual gymnastics – a Ping-Pong sex show in Thailand. (I refer you to her hilarious chapter “I Find My Husband Rappelling.”) The genius of Cindy Chupack is that she makes you feel like she’s your best and funniest friend. She takes you through the highs and lows of her early married life – the initial romance, the adventure travel, health scares, money issues and the aching pain of infertility (and the “trying nature of trying”).
But in the end, where I most want to be with my new authorial friend is accompanying her on her most mundane activities – walking her oversized dog around her neighborhood; sitting on her couch sipping pumpkin-infused vodkas; and binging on Reality TV. This is because her writing makes me feel that she can find the humor in anything. It doesn’t matter where she finds it, I just want to be there when it happens. This to me, is a little like what the holy grail of seeing marriage as a long date is about. Because, as a long-term couple, if you can’t make sitting on your couch feel as exciting as watching a ping-pong show in Thailand, then it’s not going to be a longest date for very long. If Cindy’s relationship with her husband is as fun, considered and artfully-crafted as her writing, then who doesn’t want to go over to their “house of sand and fur” for dinner?
Her book itself is like a great date. Chupack presents her marriage in its best light (every chapter is impeccably humorous and spiffily written), while still making it seem totally heartfelt, honest and real. She addresses ordinary concerns that appeal to many people, yet infuses them with enough specificity that she feels at once entirely accessible (thus the desire to be her friend) and unique enough for you to marvel at her specialness (thus the desire to be her best friend.) The good news for Cindy is that now that her book is done, she can turn her attentions back to her husband. Unfortunately, for the rest of us, our date with Cindy and Ian lasts only the length of a fast-paced book. And, as after any great date, I am left reluctant for it to end and yearning for another.(less)