Friday, January 16, 2015

The Longest Date - Review

Review by K.T Sullivan

The author has written for the television shows Sex in the City and Modern Family. Each chapter reminded me of the shows. This book is a personal account of her meeting her husband, getting married, and trying to get pregnant. It could be a show called How I Met My Husband. She was forty when she married. Her husband proposed on horseback, wearing a suit of armor. Not afraid to set the bar too high. He’s a “tattooed lawyer/poet/chef” and a self-proclaimed bad bay. Between them, they have had numerous lovers and she has been married before. She recounts getting a “get” from a rabbi, writing their own vows, and attempts at pregnancy. There is fun and sadness in her life.

I liked the book because I like the two television shows she worked on. The chapters could stand alone as episodes of a sitcom. The fact that she found love when she wasn’t looking for it should strike a familiar chord. Love does have a way of presenting itself at odd moments. They met when they arrived at a bar with dates and ended up going home together.

She doesn’t get overly romantic, except for his proposal. She writes in a fresh matter of fact way, relaying her personal journey from party girl to mom.

The title is apropos describing how marriage feels to her. It’s a constant reassessment of a changing relationship.

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About the Author:
Cindy Chupack is a screenwriter who has won three Golden Globes and two Emmys for her work as a writer/executive producer of HBO's Sex and the City and writer/co-executive producer of ABC's Modern Family.

Several episodes she penned—namely, Sex and the City '​s "Evolution", "Attack of the 5'10" Woman", "Just Say Yes", "Plus One is the Loneliest Number", "I Love a Charade", and "Splat!", and Modern Family '​s "Little Bo Bleep"—were individually nominated for Writer's Guild and/or Emmy awards. Chupack also worked on Everybody Loves Raymond as a writer/co-executive producer.

Her first book, The Between Boyfriends Book, was published by St. Martin's Press. Her second book, a comic memoir about marriage entitled The Longest Date, will be published by Viking in January 2014. She has also written humorous essays for The New York Times, Real Simple, Harper's Bazaar, People, Allure, Slate, and Glamour.

Chupack is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She received a journalism degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.

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