Picks and Pans Review: A Field Guide to Impossible Men

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

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

by Linda Stasi

Here is a book you buy mostly for the title. It could, however, have its uses when you have a friend with a ridiculous romantic history and want her to know she is not alone. Stasi lists 10 categories of impossible men. "Born to Bank," for instance, "loves Bermuda, frequent flyer programs, talking stocks and visiting his parents' country house." Another is "Dan Dan the Married Man," who might "wear suits that have been tailored too much and...even have a hairdo like a middle-aged suburban housewife and/or, God forbid, Fred the Furrier." Even before the age of Stephanie (Men: A User's Guide) Brush, such categorization would have sounded stale. Part Two of Stasi's book is slightly more amusing, giving advice on pressing topics like "How to Tell If Your Son Is Growing Up to Be an Impossible Man." The last chapter, "Famous Last Words: Yours," lists 11 conversational inserts. If "I can't marry you because I've got a Tupper-ware party to go to," cracks you up, buy the book. (St. Martin's, paper, $6.95)

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