About the Book

A People magazine “Great Read” (July 23, 2007)

“Smart, sharply written, and very, very funny. This is a gem of a book.”–Whitney Gaskell, author of She, Myself, and I

“…offer(s) a deep understanding of human nature.  Topical coming-of-age story with a bright, humane heroine.”–Kirkus Reviews

Nora Bishop is living a life of almosts. She’s almost thirty. Almost committed in her relationship. Almost employed. And she’s almost living her life. Stuck in what she terms her meta-life, she’s thinking and questioning everything to the point of self-sabotage. Then a friend asks Nora to rewrite an Internet dating profile, and the woman with the meta-life discovers her métier. As a Cyrano de Bergerac for the lovelorn, she asks her clients to name the five things they can’t live without. But what are hers? To get answers, Nora will have to stop asking questions. And then do the hardest thing of all: Find herself by losing herself…in real life.

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