Barnes and Noble Overview
You’ve either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend’s irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool.
Enter Chelsea Handler. Gorgeous, sharp, and anything but shy, Chelsea loves men and lots of them. My Horizontal Life chronicles her romp through the different bedrooms of a variety of suitors, a no-holds-barred account of what can happen between a man and a sometimes very intoxicated, outgoing woman during one night of passion. From her short fling with a Vegas stripper to her even shorter dalliance with a well-endowed little person, from her uncomfortable tryst with a cruise ship performer to her misguided rebound with a man who likes to play leather dress-up, Chelsea recalls the highs and lows of her one-night stands with hilarious honesty. Encouraged by her motley collection of friends (aka: her partners in crime) but challenged by her family members (who at times find themselves a surprise part of the encounter), Chelsea hits bottom and bounces back, unafraid to share the gritty details. My Horizontal Life is one guilty pleasure you won’t be ashamed to talk about in the morning.
Now, I’m a huge fan of Chelsea Handler. I love her talk show Chelsea Lately, and I thought that this book would be hilarious as others have stated in their reviews on barnesandnoble.com. However, that was not the case and I was actually really disappointed. I am by no means a prude, I knew what this book was about… but something about it did not sit well with me. And it honestly wasn’t even funny.
I’m sure if she were rehashing her one night stands on her comedy show, maybe it wouldn’t sound like she was a complete biznotch. Maybe I’m a bit more prude-ish than I thought. But the 117 pages of her bashing the people she’s had sex with… not cool.