Shy and cosseted, I developed a wide-eyed attraction to anything exciting or damaged. I idolozed women with those qualities but was ill-equipped to deal with them. I didn't even butter my own toast until I left home for college. No wonder, I became a magnet for women who threw toast. And a magnet he was: to every neck-snappingly beautiful nutcase in sight. The story begins with Elizabeth, his ex-wife and the woman who wore Kabuki-style white make up. Martin never saw her without it...and she kept all her hair trimmings in a suitcase under the bed. Eventually, she leaves him for his 29th birthday sends him a copy of "American Psycho" with a note: "I hope this doesn't happen to you". The result is a descent into a rakish experience of sexual manoeuvring. Brilliantly written, with an easy, self-deprecatory charm, we see Martin work his way through various madwomen until salvation: Ilene, who totally has his number...and makes him a better man again.
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In the mildly entertaining memoir Cad: Confessions of a Toxic Bachelor, former New York Times reporter and pop-culture critic Rick Marin chronicles the years of marathon dating and shallow living that followed in the wake of his failed "starter marriage." Marin moves through a series of urbane exploits and short-lived affairs, perfecting his trademark move of whipping off his horn-rim glasses mid-conversation in a "myopic gaze," holding court with his wingman Tad over the hot buffet at Billy's Topless, and regurgitating wisdom gleaned from The Godfather. Like the similarly self-indulgent How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, Cad has its memorable moments--Marin comparing his wedding video to the Zapruder film and hitting on actress Moira Kelly when she was still an ingénue living with her mother on Long Island--but the book's swinging, ring-a-ding-ding Rat Pack attitude feels noticeably forced and uninspired, leaving a flat aftertaste to the whole affair. --Brad Thomas Parsons, Amazon.comReview:
"The shocking truth about what some men really think about women. Read it if you dare" -- Candace Bushnell
"a very good, intelligent and funny book" -- Evening Standard
"laugh-out-loud funny" -- Elle
"superb" -- Newsweek
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Book Description Ebury Press, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Published by Ebury Press in 2003. Paperback, 352 pages. New book. The book has not been read, it is in perfect condition, cover and pages are not damaged. Bookseller Inventory # 52597
Book Description EBURY PRESS, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-199-38-7669007