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Remind Me Again Why I Need a Man
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The Tiffany ring, the Vera Wang wedding dress... just how far is Amelia prepared to go?

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Claudia Carroll was born in Dublin, where she still lives. She has worked extensively as an actress on the Irish stage, but is probably best known for her role as TV's nasty Nicola Prendergast in the long-running Irish soap opera Fair City, a character she describes as 'the horrible old cow everyone loves to hate'. laudia is single and this book's title comes from a phrase she finds herself using quite a bit, particularly after a really bad date. laudia's previous two novels, He loves me not...he loves me and The Last of the Great Romantics, are also published by Bantam Books and her new novel, I Didn't Fancy Him Anyway, will be published later this year.

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Irish actress-turned-novelist Carroll (He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not) draws on her experience as a soap opera star to trace the checkered romantic history of a successful Dublin television producer. Amelia Lockwood, 37 and unmarried, is haunted by a recurring vision of herself in a Vera Wang dress accompanied by a headless groom. To find love, she resorts to a seminar that requires her to revisit old boyfriends and do a kind of "exit interview" to find out what she's been doing wrong. Her stable of college friends ("the Lovely Girls") mock her, but Amelia settles in for a jaunty ride through a rogue's galley of exes. Carroll works the work vs. love trade-off with outrageous comic detours and gives Amelia a sincere but sharp-witted voice. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Thirty-seven-year-old television producer Amelia Lockwood is single and doesn't want to be. To the chagrin of her friends-including the spunky one, the married one, and the requisite gay-she enrolls in a course designed to help thirtysomethings find husbands. The brash instructor requires her pupils to revisit every ex-boyfriend, and Amelia is forced to learn some lessons from her past mistakes in love, only to find that friends are all that really matter. The novel unfolds in a series of flashbacks to the mid-Eighties and Nineties detailing Amelia's poor dating choices, from the boyfriend who became a monk to he-whose-name-shall-forever-remain-unspoken. Some of Amelia's misadventures bear an uncanny resemblance to those of Bridget Jones and Auntie Mame but are funny nonetheless. Irish author Carroll's (He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me) entertaining read asks the perennial question: Does a woman really need a man? With its older heroine, it may strike a chord with readers outgrowing traditional chick lit but not yet ready for mom lit. Recommended for popular fiction collections where this genre is popular.-Anika Fajardo, Coll. of St. Catherine Lib., St. Paul, MN Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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