September 08, 2003 12:00 PM

By Cindy Chupack

With stiletto wit, the author, a Sex and the City executive producer, has crafted a slim volume of dating-themed essays that goes down like a zingy cosmo. Among the many Carrie-esque terms Chupack puts forth: “Lone Rangered: To have had a relationship end in a mysterious and annoying way—with no good-bye, no answers, just the vague feeling that you have no idea who that man was.” Later, explaining an “Eggistential Crisis,” she observes, “That’s the essence of dating in your thirties. There is no time to ruminate. Every move could mean the difference between becoming part of a traditional family and becoming a woman who wears caftans, travels to exotic places alone, and brings back elephant tusks for her nephews.”

Self-deprecating and smart, Chupack’s essays read like mini monologues from the hilarious friend you wish you had. Even if you’re married, you’ll laugh at her asides on fathers, fasting and Benicio Del Toro. (St. Martin’s, $19.95)

BOTTOM LINE: Book a date

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