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I'm No Saint: A Nasty Little Memoir of Love and Leaving    by Elizabeth Hayt order for
I'm No Saint
by Elizabeth Hayt
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Warner, 2005 (2005)

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* *   Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton

In her memoir, I'm No Saint, Elizabeth Hayt writes about her somewhat crazy and dysfunctional existence, going from a family with parents who had problems of their own, to a husband she did not find sexually appealing, and finally to the many lovers who pass through her life. Drug problems, sexual addictions, low self-esteem - it's all in here. The people she met are as interesting as the life she led.

The book opens with Hayt commenting about the wedding, in which she is about to participate - her own. It is 1986, and she paints a picture of herself as an unwilling bride. Within the first few paragraphs, Hayt pretty much sums up what will be one of the themes of this book: her obsession with sex - and not necessarily with a life partner, or even with the opposite sex. Hayt is not a conventional woman by any means, and her book proves it. Though I don't typically read memoirs, I found this one very readable. Told with a dry wit and a sense of humor, I'm No Saint paints a picture of a person who fits the title. But one has to give Hayt credit - at least she tries to overcome her problems, and to build a better life for herself.

While I didn't have any problems with the book's contents, some readers might find some scenes too risqué or graphic. I recommend I'm No Saint as of interest to those open to reading about individuals outside the mainstream.

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