Polly's new book is available. Buy it here at Amazon.
"With One Eye Open" collects some of the humor pieces she has published over the years in such outlets as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Grin & Tonic. It's a zany and sweet grab-bag, full of funny ideas -- new designer dog breeds, an entire country that has optimized itself for your shopping pleasure -- as well as vivid characters, including a college girl who can't see why she shouldn't be allowed to create social networks instead of writing term papers, and a life coach who discovers a new sense of purpose when she begins giving seminars designed to help people shut the hell up.
Don't tell anyone we said this, but ... "With One Eye Open" may be a mere collection of short humor pieces, but it has more clever hooks, more engaging storylines, more incisive observations, and more convincing characters than a whole shelf-ful of literary novels. Don't tell anyone we said this either, but ... It belongs on the shelf next to collections by Woody Allen, Fran Lebowitz, Dave Barry, James Thurber and Dorothy Parker.
Mainly, of course, it's sweet and funny, and full of flights of zany invention. Thanks to designer John Reinhardt and photographer Erik Kragh, it also looks beautiful and feels good in the hand. It's cheery, it'll make you laugh, it's a perfect gift, and it has got a very friendly price ... What's not to love? Go to Amazon and buy your copy now.
And while you're there, check out Polly's snazzy new Author's Page too.