SUNDAY

Suzanne Schlosberg wants the world to know that she doesn’t have chlamydia. Nor is she the kind of woman who’s gingerly described as having “a great personality,” though, to judge from Schlosberg’s rather funny memoir, The Curse of the Singles Table: A True Story of 1001 Nights Without Sex, she probably does. Curse is Schlosberg’s meditation on an unfortunate predicament that many might think impossible: an attractive, successful 30-something female going the better part of three years—here labeled the Streak—without even a little bit of how’s-your-father. Schlosberg, an L.A.-based fitness writer, details the periods when, yes, she was getting some, thank you very much, as well as the looong dry spell in between. Throughout, she writes about her intrusive, marriage-obsessed family (including a grandfather who once helpfully pointed out, “You know, 31 is older than 30”) and her extensive escapist travels, such as a questionable tour volunteering around the world (“What if, due to my shoddy workmanship, some Fijian bungalow collapsed, killing a family of eight?”). Mostly, though, Schlosberg relates her scientific approach to dating, having dutifully put herself out there by signing up for community activities, athletic events, and eventually match.com. (After all, Schlosberg is a freelancer who works from home, often in pajamas, with only her TV and the Internet for company, and besides, it’s hard to meet men in a big city. Ahem.) Find out how a seemingly reasonable quest for “mutual desirability” and “the tiniest spark” could turn into a sexual Sahara when Schlosberg reads at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at Olsson’s Books & Records, 7647 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Free. (301) 652-3336. (Tricia Olszewski)

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