Simon Rich used to write sketches for Saturday Night Live. If the SNL take on dating sounds like your idea of a good time, "The Last Girlfriend on Earth: and other love stories" is the book for you. This collection is a wonderful smattering of views on love in a variety of genres from soft sci-fi to literary chic, but they all are hilarious and most are irreverent. "I Love Girl" illustrates the wooing rituals during the cave man period were a bit more strenuous than current online dating. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause" tells the full story of the Big Red Wonder, and it's not all peppermints and sugar plums. The book also includes an ex-exorcism, the catastrophic repercussions if your former boyfriend is the invisible man, and gives an idea of what your dog would write in a personal ad. Rich's writing matches his name and he does it with an amazingly short form of fiction. For a quick laugh at lunch, or just to put a smile on your face at the end of a long day, "The Last Girlfriend on Earth" doesn't have any filler. Every story is fresh and quirky, but then romantic relationships are an endless wellspring for farce.
--Cindy F., Headquarters