I'm Free, but It'll Cost You: Single Life According to Kim Coles

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The popular comedienne and co-star of the hit television program Living Single offers humorous, keen-witted reflections on life, work, and men from the perspective of a single, upwardly mobile black woman.

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The sexy sistah from the TV show Living Single offers nothing new in this not-ready-for-prime-time guide for the single woman. Coles, a divorced black woman, rounds up the usual list of instructions: dating dos and don'ts, how to identify ``Mr. Right On!,'' learning to love yourself (metaphorically and physically), and how to get into successful relationships and out of disastrous ones. It's a tried-and-true humor-book formula that depends on only one thing: the humor. Unfortunately, Coles just isn't funny. In her list of ``Ten Ways to Tell If a Brother Is Tight,'' she offers: ``Instead of a wallet he carries a piggy bank'' and ``The rain is his car wash.'' Coles's insights into the dating scene are banal, if not downright vulgar: ``Nowadays,'' she writes, ``trying to find your soul mate is harder than trying to take a dump in a public restroom.'' And while she argues in the introduction that this book is for everyone (``black women, black men, white women, white men, Hindus, Latinos, Filipinos, Quakers, the Flemish, Jews, Gentiles, Parisians, Istanbuliates, Istanbulionions, Istanbulish . . . huh?''), Coles's inclusiveness will only confuse her would-be core audience of black women. Take some of her ``Nine Ways to Detect a Communication Breakdown in Your Relationship'': ``You tell her you want to see more of her, so she gains fifteen pounds'' or ``She tells you she wants to start seeing other people. You get her a subscription to People magazine.'' In a book that's mainly directed toward women, the reader wonders why the author is even talking to HIM. Coles would do better to stick to Living Single and leave the role of Miss Lonelyhearts to others. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Kim Coles, the lovable Synclair on the TV sitcom Living Single, has written a hilarious guide to the single life. In her disclaimer, she acknowledges that her ideas are all hers and that she is an "armchair cultural anthropologist." Those two paragraphs set the stage for some belly-rolling, knee-slapping, amen-singing reading. She sums up the single life in nine chapters: "Get It Together, or Leave Us Alone"; "Weird Science"; "Dating in the Nineties and Beyond"; "How to Find Mr. Right On!"; "You Don't Hear Me, Though"; "Let's Talk about Sex"; "Check Yourself, before You Wreck Yourself"; "Let the Games Begin"; and "Livin' Single." The appendix includes the actual survey she mailed to conduct her research, the average answers for questions on mate qualities, her personal answers to the survey questions, and sample survey responses. This book is not about African Americans living single, but rather, about men and women living single. More importantly, she points out that single living "ain't so bad!" Lillian Lewis

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