I heard about this on NPR while driving home from work Tuesday. Three hours later I owned it. A day later, I finished reading it. Great book and a fun read.
The book is a compilation of personal ads that appeared in the London Review of Books. David Rose, edited the LRB personals and this book.
The ads are mostly brief, like poetry, haiku. So few words, so much meaning nestled in there.
The NPR interview hinted that the writers were pathetic people. I don't think it's necessarily so. Some are brutally honest about themselves, their life, and their prospects. And they can see the humor in it.
I think you'll enjoy it.