When E. Jean Carroll—possibly the liveliest woman in the world and author of the Ask E. Jean advice column in Elle Magazine — realized that her eight million readers and question-writers all seemed to have one thing in common—problems caused by men—she hit the road. Criss-crossing the country with her blue-haired poodle Lewis Carroll, E. Jean stopped in every town named after a woman between Eden, Vermont and Tallulah, Louisiana to ask women the crucial question: What Do We Need Men For?
E. Jean gave her rollicking road trip a sly, stylish turn when she deepened the story, creating a list called “The Most Hideous Men of My Life,” and began reflecting on her own sometimes very dark history with the opposite sex. What advice would she have given to her past selves—as Miss Cheerleader USA and Miss Indiana University? Or as the fearless journalist, television host and eventual advice columnist she became? E. Jean intertwines the stories of the fascinating people she meets on her road trip with her “horrible history with the male sex” (including mafia bosses, media titans, boyfriends, husbands, a serial killer, and a president) creating a decidedly dark yet hopeful, hilarious and thrilling narrative. Her answer to the question What Do We Need Men For? will shock men and delight women.
Bio on flap: E. Jean Carroll writes the longest, currently-running advice column in the U.S., Ask E. Jean. It has 8 million readers. She has been published in New York, Rolling Stone, GQ, Glamour, and was a contributing editor at Esquire and Outside. and was the first female Contributing Editor at Playboy. She wrote for Saturday Night Live, was the host of the Ask E. Jean TV show. She is the co-founder (with Kenneth Shaw) of Tawkify, Inc.
Author Photo by Marilyn Johnson
This book was published by Dutton in 1993 and received raves so extremely flattering they seemed to defy logic. Hardbacks are still floating around out there in Hot Cakes Land. And soon a new edition will be issued by Hudson Valley Press. Meanwhile here are
7 WAYS TO TAP INTO YOUR INNER HUNTER: 1. DRUGS. Get off your Ritalin and Adderall. The whole point of life is to enjoy your Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. 2. WARDROBE. You need a hat. Accessorize with a vicious Doberman, a clove cigarette in a holder, tinted aviators, tennis shorts-in-the-dead-of-winter and a woman's wig with blonde limpy curls. 3. WHISKEY. Never drink a work. Leave work to get drunk. 4. SEX. Pretend to listen to women very closely. It turns them to mush faster than looks, money, or fame. 5. FOOD. Breakfast is sacred. Eat it alone, and never before 3:00 p.m. It should consist of two grapefruits (the secret of longevity!), six cups of coffee, two tall glasses orange juice, scrambled eggs with hot sauce, cheese and chilies, four rashers of bacon, refried beans, hot-buttered toast, two or three wedges of key lime pie, a couple of margaritas, all the papers, ESPN, and a half-grinder of cocaine. 6. TALK. Mumble so no one can understand you. If they cannot understand you, you can ignore them. 7. DEATH. Don't be concerned whether your books will "live on"---they will die. The trick is for you to live on.
Edited by the illustrious David Hirshey for Harper Collins. I caught a lot of shit for the term "Man-Catcher," but this book works! Look here
When I first arrived in New York from Montana, I had one pair of jeans, one pair of cowgirl boots, and one belt. I am wearing them on this cover. Yeeeeee gods! Youth is very heaven! This was edited by the wonderful Miss Nessa Rapoport! I think you can still scare up a copy.