My Life as an Extra by Ruth Kaufman

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After an unexpected divorce, Marla Goldberg yearns to believe “someday is now” and pursue her dream of being an actress in Chicago. But how can she quit her frustrating radio station account executive job when she's only booking work as an extra?

When she dips her toes into the daunting dating pool, her first “date” wants to meet in a pet store parking lot. Other forays yield equally unfortunate results that make her friends laugh out loud. As she seeks a talent agent and speaking roles, it's one step forward, one step back. When told to eat a muffin at a commercial audition, her mouth is so dry she can't spit it out in time to say her line.

Dealing with overachiever siblings, judgmental parents and longing to make her dreams come true, she struggles to learn the hardest lesson of all: how to feel special when you're not the star.

“[Ruth Kaufman] masterfully recites this story in a way that makes it easy for the reader to relate and really care about the character. She dishes it out with honesty and humor. ” –5-star Amazon reviewer