A Virgin's Guide to Everything : From Sushi to Sample Sales--A Novice's Handbook to Doing It Right
Like having a cool, older sister in book form, A VIRGINS GUIDE TO EVERYTHING offers young women friendly, down-to-earth advice on how to do practically everything right the first timefrom dining at their first 4-star restaurant to dating their first single dad. A lifestyle manual for 18-34 year olds, it tells young women everything they need to know, including tips on: Dating Travel Work Spirits Sustenance Entertaining Other Peoples Puppies and Babies Health Fitness The Great Outdoors Arts Culture Money Fashion High Tech And more. Interspersed throughout are the Go To Girls, women who are experts in their fields. Irresistibly cheeky and fun, the book is two-color with hip, irreverent illustrations throughout that perfectly complement the lighthearted tone.
Though properly eating a lobster might be tougher than pulling off down-dog in yoga class, these situations, and dozens of other non-milestones, get equal shrift in this breezy compilation of been-there-done-that advice. Focusing on women's little firsts, this big-sister-in-a-book feels nearly conspiratorial as it explains the ins and outs of lining up a shrink visit, asking for a raise, throwing a cocktail party, buying art or going to the opera. McCutcheon, who says she has a habit of telling people things they'd rather not hear, enlists the help of "Go-to Girls" in each section who explicate on the finer or more obscure points of each mini how-to. Though the advice here is helpful, it's far from comprehensive (buying a car, for instance, is neglected), and some readers may feel the writing is geared more toward teenagers than twenty-somethings. Nevertheless, it's a well-intentioned book that'll find its way into many a care package.
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December 26, 2005
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