The delirious pursuit of love is a search that inevitably takes us all both down the well-beaten path and into new, uncharted territory. In this collection of thirty-three heart-tugging and hilarious essays, celebrated Electronic Urban Report columnist Steven Ivory chronicles his lifelong quest for that thing we all crave: The Meaningful Relationship. The journey begins with his first love -- his mother -- before making an amusing pilgrimage through lust-filled adolescent affections, an awkward introduction to sex, and a series of poignant and funny adventures of unrequited love, bungled blind dates, and the Ones That Got Away. Propelled by a wit rivaled only by a willingness to bare his soul, Ivory's revelations on kissing, game-playing, sexual satisfaction, and personal insecurities culminate in a startling, life-altering discovery that touches your funny bone as well as your heart.
ContentsIntroductionPart I: The Laws of LoveIt All Begins with a...Eau de Feet (and Everything Else)!How to Make Lemon PieFinny and MeBlind DateDoes Your Mama Know About Me?Off by a TableSubmissively YoursSpirit in Red PumpsReal Men Buy Them in SupermarketsI'll Take Manhattan -- the Rest Is HersRules to Be BrokenPart II: For Better or Worse: The BlueprintThe First Woman in My LifeAct of Love #1,345Mama Had a Kung Fu GripBig Purple BoxSleigh Ride, First ClassModel BehaviorWho Mama WasDaddy's Freeing WordsPart III: In the Beginning, There Was AwkwardLaJuan Hawkins, Ladies' ManThe Divine Affection of Sister ElaineThe Boy Who Couldn't CloseThe Noisy Emancipation of Virgin ManThe Word According to Miss FineIn Search of a Lie, I Found the TruthNetta's Liberating SleepFor the Love of JoyJust Like a FatherBlack Stallion in the HouseA Woman's Gotta Have ItLast Man StandingMy Secret ValentineAcknowledgments