Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My Horizontal Life

I read Chelsea Handler's book "My Horizontal Life (A Collection of One-Night Stands)" in just about one sitting at work yesterday, that's how busy I am. It's the second book by Handler and I enjoy her writing very much. The book is a collection of short chapters detailing her adventures in the bedroom from childhood (catching her parents in the act) to her late 20's. From her web page:

"In this raucous collection of true-life stories, actress and comedian Chelsea Handler recounts her time spent in the social trenches with that wild, strange, irresistible, and often gratifying beast: the one-night stand. You've either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend's irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool. Enter Chelsea Handler. Gorgeous, sharp, and anything but shy, Chelsea loves men and lots of them. My Horizontal Life chronicles her romp through the different bedrooms of a variety of suitors, a no-holds-barred account of what can happen between a man and a sometimes very intoxicated, outgoing woman during one night of passion. From her short fling with a Vegas stripper to her even shorter dalliance with a well-endowed little person, from her uncomfortable tryst with a cruise ship performer to her misguided rebound with a man who likes to play leather dress-up, Chelsea recalls the highs and lows of her one-night stands with hilarious honesty. Encouraged by her motley collection of friends (aka: her partners in crime) but challenged by her family members (who at times find themselves a surprise part of the encounter), Chelsea hits bottom and bounces back, unafraid to share the gritty details. My Horizontal Life is one guilty pleasure you won't be ashamed to talk about in the morning."

Laugh out loud funny at times, Handler has a knack for telling stories in a humorous and honest way. I think it would be a hoot to hang out with Handler and her crazy assortment of friends. Obviously the book contains strong sexual references and details about heavy alcohol use and some drug use. If this isn't your cup of tea, read "Little Women." A quick and entertaining read (for me) that I recommend.

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