Picks and Pans Review: Smart Women, Stupid Books

updated 02/15/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/15/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Lisa Ann Marsoli and Mel Green

Woe is the lady the authors call the Overachieving Woman (OW). Romance is limited to what she can get between her spread sheets. That biological clock is ticking away and study after depressing study says her time's just about up. What's a still-warm OW to do? Marsoli and Green have refreshingly simple solutions in this insidiously funny send-up: Learn to love losers! Why change your deficient man when you can easily change yourself? Posing, for the sake of narrative, as a divorced chiropractic couple who practice together, the authors offer tips on overcoming the man shortage. Their motto? Be happy! Be a phony! Your goal? Accepting yourself for who he'd like you to be. Using mythical patients as their guides, they offer case histories: Robin C, 30, met a man named Mac. "He was handsome in a rugged way with a gleam in his eye and a smudge on his cheek and a metal plate in his head.... He told me he had to set himself on fire and dive off a 12-story building, but if I was free after that..." Marsoli and Green cut to the quick of psychotherapeutic jumble too. Take the "Oedipal Complex": "What's so complex about sleeping with your mother?" they ask. "It's just plain sick." No predilection is too small for these semi-doctors, When Bobbi, 31, a CPR-course addict, falls for the class mannequin, the authors show her how to prop Raoul in a chair, "thus saving her from the chronic backaches that had been plaguing her since their floor-level courtship began." Good title, witty writing—what more could an OW ask? (Price/Stern/Sloan, paper, $4.95)

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