Trusted tips and guidance on meeting Mr. or Ms. Right Are you looking for a fun Saturday night date or a happily-ever-after mate? Dating For Dummies demystifies the whole dating process, from getting a date, plotting the place, and having a great time (or dealing with duds) to moving beyond a first date toward a budding relationship. Plus, you'll find all you need to navigate social media sites to socialize, flirt, and date in the 21st century. Look in the mirror - understand the importance of getting to know (and love) yourself in order to become a better partner, and find out if you're ready to date Search for Mr. or Ms. Right - figure out what you want in a partner and discover the many places you can find him/her Get in the game - get the confidence to ask for a date, deal with the potentially sticky situation of exchanging phone numbers, and gracefully bow out of a date if you're not feeling the love It's date day - get pointers on everything from what to wear to the topics you should (and shouldn't) talk about on a first date On the rebound! - understand the importance of healing before jumping back into the dating scene, whether you're divorced, widowed, or just getting out of a relationship Open the book and find: Realistic dating advice for people in all types of situations and life-stages Great date ideas (and activities to avoid) What works (and what doesn't) when asking for a date How to flirt, how to listen, and how to gauge how things are going What to look for in the place you pick for a date How to navigate through potentially awkward moments Learn to: Safely navigate social networking and online dating sites Avoid common dating missteps Get back into the dating scene after divorce Deal with differences in age
While you wouldn't want to be caught dead reading either of these titles on the subway, they offer a study in contrasts. Baber and Spitznagel seem to have set out to produce a humorous look at dating and mating, but they deliver a boorish effort that will confirm a lot of women's worst fears about male dating behavior. While some might think that the "humor book" caveat makes everything okay, the overall Beavis-and-Butthead approach to the subject�which is, less dating and more sex in these authors' minds�provides little in the laughs department. Men and women should avoid this book like a blind date with a cold sore, and libraries can pass. By contrast and in keeping with the excellent "For Dummies" treatment of complicated subjects, psychologist Browne's book offers a professional, insightful, and very readable examination of dating�real dating. Browne covers every aspect of the basic mechanics of dating in the 1990s, from making your own personal inventory to help you discover who you are and what you want, to finding appropriate people to date, to actually conducting dates at various stages of relationship development. Nothing seems to be missed by Browne: she tackles breaking up, sex, and even the darker sides of dating, like rape and stalking. This excellent book's biggest drawback for libraries is its numerous "work form" sections, an invitation to certain patrons to make it their own. But Dating for Dummies is worth the risk; recommended for all public libraries.�David M. Turkalo, Suffolk Univ. Law Sch. Lib, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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December 15, 2010
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