Picks and Pans Review: A Disturbance in One Place

updated 09/12/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/12/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Binnie Kirshenbaum

Looking for love in all the wrong places and enjoying every minute is the credo of Binnie Kirshenbaum's anonymous, left-handed, Jewish heroine. Flip, fun and sexy, she maneuvers through thrift shops, Greenwich Village cafés, the three blonde "almost identical" Kessel sisters' kitchen and the hearts of men identified not by name but by category: husband, Skull and Bones boy, artist, love of my life.

First and most endearing of paramours is the Italian "hit man" who picks her up near Washington Square Park and falls madly in love, cooking up meals and schemes to keep her forever. Add to her cache a grimy, noncommittal multimedia artist, a complacent spouse and her one true love—the shadowy figure who resists all her efforts to seduce him—and the heat is on.

Writing swift, pointed chapters like "The Ins and Outs of Committing Adultry," Kirshenbaum offers hilarious and sage advice in the battle of the sexes. Readers anxious for an entertaining female character to emulate, if only in their fantasies, will find themselves in good company. (Fromm International, $19.95)

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