The Between Boyfriends Book

A Collection of Cautiously Hopeful Essays

Cindy Chupack

St. Martin's Griffin

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Cindy Chupack takes a hilarious look at love, dating-and not dating-in this witty, truthful and utterly charming book. Tackling topics such as "sexual sorbet" (the first man you sleep with after a breakup), "the VISA defense" (the claim, usually invoked by men, that 'I paid, therefore I am innocent') and "eggsistential crisis" (a panic attack, common among women in their late thirties), The Between Boyfriends Book is as reassuring as that late-night post-date phone call to a best friend. It says: you may be single, but you are not alone.

"Oh, how I love this book! I laughed out loud again and again. It hits such an intimate and true chord, it's painful actually, how insightful Cindy Chupack is. Every woman who's been through the dating miasma must read it."
- Julia Sweeney

"Cindy Chupack is funny about single. Very funny. And smart. And sympathetic. And empathetic. And helpful. And the stories in this book are really horrible in a great way."
- Delia Ephron

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To have had a relationship end in a mysterious and annoying way--with no good-bye, no answers, just the vague feeling that you have no idea who that man was.

Men are good at a lot of things. Breaking up is not one of them. When a woman wants to break up with a man, she invites him over for dinner, cooks his favorite dish, and tells him she's seeing his best friend. It's all very straightforward and diplomatic. But men have this weird aversion to endings. They prefer to take the passive mode, allowing the relationship to end itself.

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Praise for The Between Boyfriends Book

"Self-deprecating and smart, Chupack's essays read like mini monologues from the hilarious friend you wish you had."
- People

"Cindy truly knows how to capture the horror and humor of single womanhood. This book demonstrates her gift for spinning heartbreak into gold."
- Sarah Jessica Parker

"Cindy Chupack has the credentials to comment on the single life: she's an Emmy-winning writer for Sex and the City. Like that show, her witty first book...captures the sometimes angst-ridden world of single women. Chupack has created a smart vocabulary that describes the indignities of dating."
- Time

"...a wry, upbeat tour of the dating scene for women currently considering reentry."
- Kirkus Reviews

"I laughed out loud and recognized myself and a million people I know...honest, unself-pitying, and hilariously rich with detail. Cindy Chupack makes you laugh about the things that most of us keep to ourselves: bad boyfriends, disappearing boyfriends, retro-boyfriends, no boyfriends."
- Besty Carter, author of Nothing to Fall Back On: The Life and Times of a Perpetual Optimist

"With stiletto wit, the author...has crafted slim volume of dating-themed essays that goes down like a zingy cosmo."
- People

"Chupack writes with the candor and gallows humor of a woman who's seen it all, but with just enough poignancy to make it clear she believes in true love. You will laugh out loud and you won't lose hope."
- Amy Sohn, author of Run Catch Kiss

"...her book is more than funny: it's brave and touching and deeply wise."
- Joyce Maynard, author of The Usual Rules

"A look at today's scary dating scene from the perspective of someone whose humor and insight gave single women everywhere a hero in Carrie (Bradshaw)."
0- Library Journal

"Whatever the state of your love life, The Between Boyfriends Book offers keen insight into the relationships we've endured and been entertained by."
- Grace Magazine

"The Between Boyfriends Book is that rarest of 'chick books'-written by a chick who actually likes men and can tell you something useful about women."
- Gary Belsky, coauthor of Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How to Correct Them

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About the Author

Cindy Chupack

Cindy Chupack is an award-winning writer who was most recently a writer/executive producer of HBO's Sex and the City. Chupack has written for a number of television shows, including Everybody Loves Raymond, and for several magazines, including Glamour, where she had her own column. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles.

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The Between Boyfriends Book
A Collection of Cautiously Hopeful Essays
Cindy Chupack

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312309046
ISBN10: 031230904X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 176 pages

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429972024
ISBN10: 1429972025
176 pages

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