Picks and Pans Review: The 100th Boyfriend

updated 07/27/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/27/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Bridget Daly and Janet Skeels

These are troubled times for American womankind, what with them being so lovable and all, and there being so few worthy men around. So this book by two Seattle women (an artist and a writer) is timely. It contains real-life comments and anecdotes by women about their male friends, taken from overheard conversations, diaries and letters. Some examples from four different women: "I did Gary's dishes once. Inadvertently I put some of the knives point-up in the drying rack. He went wild. I couldn't believe he accused me of trying to kill him. After we broke up, he came to collect his things and kept his motorcycle helmet on the whole time." " 'Every time we made love I imagined you were him,' he said." "Hank left me to live with a woman who drew on her walls with crayons." "Joe learned to be a slob by living with me. Joe was deeply disturbed by modern dance. Joe adored home tours. Joe was the kind of man you take home to your parents and leave there." There are many pictures of men in the book, but not the men under discussion. The authors also quote the women anonymously. That's too bad, since it might have been fairer to give the men a chance to tell their side. Then again, we're not talking fairness here. We're talking romance. (The Real Comet Press, paper, $5.95)

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