Do you guys remember that Seinfeld episode with Bizarro Jerry and the gang? Basically, they come across a group of friends in NYC that are exactly like Jerry, George and Kramer, but in a completely opposite way. I think I found my bizarro Sister Secret!
Here’s what happened: I devoured Elna Baker’s book “The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance” this weekend. DEEE-VOW-WERD. From what I can tell, this book came out last October and I can’t figure out why I never heard about it! As I read it, I felt like I had found my very own Bizarro version of me in New York City. The honest to goodness Mormon Virgin version of me that I gave up on (privately in high school and then publicly when I moved to NYC). We both moved to NYC at the same age but went about our lives in very different ways. She went to the singles ward on Sunday – I spent Sunday’s sleeping off hangovers or brunching with friends. One of her early jobs in NYC was working as actress/toy demonstrator at FAO Schwartz – I spent mine (well, a part of mine) working as a cigarette girl for Miss Kitties Concessions. Elna went on dates with non-members and “kissed” guys – I went on dates and screwed them. Both of our mom’s were afraid of us being gay and were sure that living in NYC would make it so, even though it didn’t. We both moved to New York City with big dreams of being actresses and while I quickly realized it wasn’t I wanted, I think Elna has an incredible shot. She is already being called the “Mormon Tina Fey”. What can I say? The bitch is funny….
I’m hoping she doesn’t get hit too hard from the TBM’s out there- I’ve read a few things that make it sound like LDS book stores didn’t carry her book. She definitely defends the faith, but she also questions things and has moments of doubt. There are plenty of book reviews out there so I’m not going to venture to do one justice. I’m just going to tell you all how much I loved the book and I would love to hear if anyone else read it or heard anything about it Church-side…