Monday, January 16, 2006

The Action Heroine's Handbook 

16. The Action Heroine's Handbook: How to Win a Catfight, Drink Someone Under the Table, Choke a Man with Your Bare Thighs, and Dozens of Other TV and Movie Skills; Jennifer Worick and Joe Borgenicht (190 pages)

This book is both funny and pretty damn useful. Taking scenarios from female-oriented movies and television shows (Alias gets two mentions!), it's a user-friendly guide, just in case you ever need to know how to fake your own death (Sleeping with the Enemy), lead a double-life (Alias), navigate a series of laser beams...use yoga (Entrapment), seduce an enemy (Body Heat), and more.

While the premise is, perhaps, a bit silly, there are, in fact, many useful lessons in this book. It really does teach you how to handle some situations that really could happen to you: what to do if your home is invaded, how to deal with a threatening/harassing trucker, how to survive in the wild, or protect your child from a wild beast.

All the advice comes from experts in their respective fields, so while you may not need to go under-cover as a prostitute to catch a criminal, the how-to's would really work!

Fun book.

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