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Don't Use My Sweater Like a Towel.

Don't Use My Sweater Like A Towel

Jennifer Kelton

Green Knights Press

578 Washington Boulevard, Suite 388, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

097692210X $16.95

Part memoir, part amateur experiment, Don't Use My Sweater Like A Towel is an absolutely uncensored, at times sexually graphic memoir of author Jennifer Kelton's dating and sex life, and her surprisingly structured experiments to discern precisely how much value and accuracy lies in the myriad of dating self-help books and advice available today. Kelton was unable to bear children for medical reasons, and therefore was not under pressure from a biological clock, yet she was searching for the right man to share her life with--most of Don't Use My Sweater Like A Towel recounts the men that she dated, all of whom eventually proved unsuitable for a long-term relationship with her, but many of whom remained good friends after the sex ended. Of especial interest are the chapters in which Kelton reflects on dating advice books, and gathered information from her male friends as to whether women really shouldn't call a man back (the most common answer: if the woman never calls, the man may take it as a sign that she isn't interested), or how many dates there should be before sex (most agreed that it depended on what the people in the relationship felt was right), and similar questions. She also explored the questionable usefulness of bottled human phermones, and offers enlightening ponderings on the latest scientific findings about mating behaviors in the animal kingdom. Perhaps the most valuable advice in Don't Use My Sweater Like A Towel is the importance of having confidence in oneself and respect for others; the author's open story of her dating life certainly proves to be an invaluable and enriching experience.
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Date:Nov 1, 2006
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