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Publisher's Summary

Melissa Bank's runaway best seller, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, charmed readers and critics alike with its wickedly insightful, tender look at a young woman's forays into love, work, and friendship. Now, with The Wonder Spot, Bank is back with her signature combination of devilishly self-deprecating humor, seriousness, and wisdom. Nothing comes easily to Sophie Applebaum, the black sheep of her family trying to blend in with the herd. Uneasily situated between two brothers, Sophie first appears as the fulcrum and observer of her clan in "Boss of the World". Then, at college, in "The Toy Bar", she faces a gauntlet of challenges as Best Friend to the dramatic and beautiful Venice Lambourne, curator of "perfect things". In her early 20s, Sophie is dazzled by the possibilities of New York City during the Selectric typewriter era, only to land solidly back in Surrey, PA, after her father's death. The Wonder Spot follows Sophie's quest for her own identity: who she is, what she loves, whom she loves, and occasionally whom she feels others should love, over the course of 25 years. In an often-disappointing world, Sophie listens closely to her own heart. And when she experiences her 'Aha!' moments, her own personal wonder spots, it's the real thing. In this tremendous follow-up to The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, Bank again shares her vast talent for capturing a moment, taking it to heart, and giving it back to her readers.
©2005 Melissa Bank; (P)2005 Penguin Audio and Books on Tape, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Fans of the megasuccessful Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, rejoice. Bank is back with an equally entertaining novel....Engrossing, engaging; it's a wonderful return for Bank." (Publishers Weekly)
"Another engaging, ruefully funny saga of a young woman growing up without ever quite fitting in....Very appealing." (Kirkus Reviews)
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By Carol on 06-06-05

The Wonder Spot

I'm not sure if I should give this book 1 star. I dragged on and on. 10 or so hours of nothing interesting. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen. If I were not captured in my car for an 8 hour drive I would have just deleted the book. Sorry -- It was just plain boring- the reader(the author) sounded bored reading it as well.

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By Donna on 06-08-05

A wonderful listen

I'm not generally given to writing reviews, but having just this minute finished "The Wonder Spot" and wanting to prolong it a few minutes more, I couldn't resist. This is a lovely, smart, funny work, and the author's read was at first disconcerting (she's a bit low key) but ultimately perfect. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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