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My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands
by Chelsea Handler

Published: 2005-06-06
Paperback : 213 pages
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In this raucous collection of true-life stories, actress and comedian Chelsea Handler recounts her time spent in the social trenches with that wild, strange, irresistible, and often gratifying beast: the one-night stand.

You've either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, ...
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Introduction

In this raucous collection of true-life stories, actress and comedian Chelsea Handler recounts her time spent in the social trenches with that wild, strange, irresistible, and often gratifying beast: the one-night stand.

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.

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  "Not what I was hoping for"by Grosland (see profile) 06/22/11

It just wasn't as funny as I was hoping for.

 
  "Dislike"by tamengel (see profile) 05/28/11

This book was boring and a waste of time.

 
  "What a funny book!!"by mytime (see profile) 01/13/11

This was such a funny book I couldn't put it down. The way she tells these stories is just hilarious! And the stories about her family will have you cracking up. Don't miss this one!

 
  "My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands"by vtreader (see profile) 09/14/10

Overall, not the most intellectually stimulating book. However, it did leave to some fun discussion and a lot of laughs. This was a nice break from all the serious selections that are our usual book... (read more)

 
  "Meh..."by Amanda0518 (see profile) 06/07/10

I couldn't even bring myself to finish this book. I really enjoy Chelsea Handler's dry sense of humor and comedic timing, but these stories are probably a lot funnier in a bar situation, straight from... (read more)

 
  "A series of bad choices, funny stories"by kfoulks (see profile) 08/24/09

I've read "The Vodka Book", and this was nearly as funny, though the content was obviously much more pointed. Like in her other book, the stories that include her family are BY FAR the funniest. Sure,... (read more)

 
  "Chelsea Handler tells all in this kiss and tell book about her one night stands with strangers"by rwout (see profile) 08/02/08

I thought the book was well written, and very very funny. Handler really knows how to get your attention and keep you reading. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading, I just wanted to know... (read more)

 
  "Chelsea Handler's wild and not always sexy sex life."by christymg (see profile) 08/01/08

Very funny, great for a good laugh and a fun discussion. A good pick after a serious read.

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