Straight Up and Dirty

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“I did have my own friends, my own salary, my health, and TiVo: all the important things we’re likely to take for granted. Still, when it hit that I’d now have to date again, I panicked. Dating meant nightclubs, heels, and black. It meant, ‘No, thank you. Really, I’m full.’ It meant matching bras and underwear. Clothes with ‘micro’ used to describe them. Because until you date again, people will hiccup lines about getting back on horses. So you invest in an Agent Provocateur whip and a subscription to an online dating service. . . .” –From Straight Up and Dirty

She had every girl’s dream: the perfect marriage to the perfect guy in the perfect apartment on the Upper East Side. Marriage fit Stephanie Klein like a glove . . . but unfortunately it fit her husband like a noose. And then, just like that, Klein found herself “divorced when you’re firm, fashionable, and let’s face it–fetching.”

Celebrated bloggist, photographer, and freelance writer Stephanie Tara Klein lets it all hang out in this juicy tell-all tracing her jump back into single life following her divorce. On the dating advice of her therapist, Klein attempts to keep “a pair and a spare” of men always on hand and has lots of bawdy fun along the way. But when the anniversary of the devastating breakup from her “wasband” forces her to revisit what happened, she finds herself wanting more than her therapist’s recommended gimmick to keep her emotionally safe.

Straight Up And Dirty demonstrates that the true measure of success isn’t what’s crossed off life’s to-do list. It’s having the grace and fortitude to move through change, curls intact and smiling.

“You could call her ‘a real-life Carrie Bradshaw,’ but it wouldn’t do Klein justice. With a fearless voice, the blogger weaves a memoir filled with heartbreak and humor. …Klein’s book will send some readers straight to her racy blog in hopes of delving deeper into the mind of such a compelling writer.” [3 1/2 out of 4 stars] – People Magazine

“Klein is a talented writer who tells the story of her love life with boldness and irreverence. [She]has a wonderful sense of humor. Scenes in which she describes her post-divorce dates and boyfriends are hilarious. Klein’s account of her divorce…is told through funny and sad anecdotes, raw and realistic arguments, and all-out fights. She lets readers view, with her clear-eyed hindsight, what a liar, cheat and coward her husband turned out to be. It’s not pretty, but it is fascinating” – USA TODAY

“While most of the millions of daily-life blogs have only a handful of regular readers, generally the author’s friends, Ms. Klein’s legions of followers seem as absorbed in her escapades as if she were a television character. – The New York Times

“Klein’s every move over the past two years has been validated and evaluated by an audience that has latched on to her life with an aspirational zeal.” – Elle Magazine

“Nothing, it seems, is too private not to share with readers. And that is exactly how they like it… Ms. Klein’s legions of followers seem as absorbed in her escapades as if she were a television character, the Carrie Bradshaw of New York bloggers.” –The New York Times

“Straight Up and Dirty isn’t the prissy Bergdorf Blonde version, but New York just like we pictured it, all-swearing, all-drinking and all-f***ing. Klein, a motormouthed mistress of Manhattan’s rich language pool, is eyewateringly frank about sex, funny about dating and honest about messing up. Plus, you’ll pick up lots of great new slang.” – The First Post- UK

“Klein’s sense of humor is downright wicked…In the end, Klein’s is a great, fun read.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“50 Must Summer Reads” – Entertainment Weekly

“Beneath the wisecracking tales of solo supermarket shopping, phone therapy and Hamptons houseshares, the raw emotion about her divorce and nightmare mother-in-law rings true. Plus, any girl who can pen such gems as, ‘I wanted to verb his noun’, deserves respect.” –Marie Claire UK

“Stephanie Klein is so gut-wrenchingly honest that it’s embarrassingly entertaining to read her oh-so-real stories, even if you haven’t experienced what she’s gone through” – Jane Magazine

“Popular blogger Stephanie Klein’s raw account of divorce at age 29 is refreshingly honest and funny without delving into cheesy chic-lit territory. You’ll easily relate to Klein– even if you don’t have a ‘wasband’” — Marie Claire, 10 Best To Do

“Klein intersperses surprisingly touching observations with crackling, punny lexicon Grade: A-” – Entertainment Weekly

London Daily Record picked Straight Up and Dirty as its choice for the beach- “you’ll hoot with laughter, cringe and discover the addictive world of Klein.”

“Outrageous, outspoken and always honest…makes Sex And The City look passe.” – The Independent

“A kooky, heartfelt and ultimately triumphant chronicle of young divorce and the importance of family, friends and a good shrink.” – Susan Shapiro, author of Lighting Up

“Fearless… Her adventures take her from Soho to the Hamptons–looking for love, with a cocktail in her hand.” –The Independent (London)

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