The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance

The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance

Book - 2009
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Writer, actress, and gorgeous stand up comedian: Introducing the Mormon Tina Fey It’s lonely being a Mormon in New York City. So once again, Elna Baker attends the New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance—a virgin in a room full of virgins doing the Macarena. Her Queen Bee costume, which involves a black funnel stuck to her butt for a stinger, isn’t attracting the attention she’d anticipated. So once again, Elna is alone at the punch bowl, stocking up on generic Oreos, exactly where you’d expect to find a single Mormon who’s also a Big Girl. But loneliness is nothing compared to what happens when she loses eighty pounds. . . . and falls in love with an atheist. The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Danceis the memoir of a girl who distresses her family when she chooses NYU over BYU. A girl who’s cultivating an oxymoronic identity as a bold, educated, modern, funny, proper, abstinent, religious stand-up comic, equal parts wholesome and hot. As Elna test-drives her identity, she finds herself in the strangest scenarios: selling creepy, overpriced dolls to petulant children at FAO Schwarz; making out with Joaquin Phoenix’s chef in Ben Affleck’s apartment; and dressing a head wound with a maxi pad while on a date.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2009.
ISBN: 9780525951353
0525951350
Characteristics: p. cm.

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CarmenFarmer
Jun 04, 2013

Great book! It's funny and touching and spiritual, and did I mention funny? It's about relationships, families, body image, and religion - all from a very personal and humorous point of view. Highly recommend it.

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bobfrombob
Jun 15, 2010

I first became aware of Elna Baker through her telling of the story of Nubbins on This American Life. The story of Nubbins shows up in this book, but not exactly the same form. I didn’t find anything in this book to be as hilarious as her story on TAL but I still quite enjoyed it. It’s the memoir of a mormon, living in NYC and struggling with conflict between her faith and her desire to fall in love, with a mormon or not. And being attractive.

I liked this book a lot.

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mcchan
Apr 13, 2010

Hilarious

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YanVie
Jan 24, 2010

This was great read! Baker is charming and self-depricating while being honest about her feelings about herself, her life direction, her body image and her religion.

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