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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (April 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570614709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570614705
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unlike almost every other dating book out there, this one includes men and women, gay and straight.… -- Bust magazine, June/July 2006

About the Author

Diane Mapes’s humorous essays on pop culture, the single life, television, travel, naked sushi, and more have appeared in many publications, including Bust, Mental Floss, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. She lives in Seattle.

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This book was fun and full of good common sense--wise suggestions with a deft, intelligent, humorous touch.
Boccaccio
That most of us are trying to find someone we think we deserve who we can be with long term, in order to feel loved and less lonely.
Brent H
She lays out the basics of dating, the use of dating services and helps one navigate the frightful waters of Internet romance.
Alex Biancalana

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By T. Schmitt on July 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Despite the title, this is not a "How-To" book.

"How To Date in a Post Dating World" is a mildly amusing 90 minute read on the awkward and amusing stages of dating. The overall style of the book is, each chapter discusses a dating topic by presenting quotes and dating war stories from the dating veterans and then expounds in essay format the main points under consideration. As such, the book is more of a discussion on dating rather than actually advice on dating. It's more about the current "state of the nation" on the dating world. Practical tips such as, "Complimenting a person's smile is a good ice breaker" are not present. Therefore, the book as a discussion on dating is a nominally good read that will hold your interest, but it will not increase your dating life.

Of what's not good, first, this book is constrained in that it's written for both men and women. If you really want to increase your dating life, then there are gender appropriate strategies you should be aware of and undertake. Second, when the book does get specific, it's on information that's basic and old advice. For instance, while it's important to wear good clothes on a first date, or for guys to make sure their fingernails are clean, this is the oldest of dating advice. The fact that many people still miss these fundamentals shows the advice is still applicable, but it's old as rocks to anyone who has spent any time on the dating scene. Besides, after learning what not to do, you're still not filled in on what you should be doing.

Of what's good, first, the book interprets the old dating dilemmas into the current day. Going beyond who should pay for the condoms, the book discusses best use of online profiles, etiquette of blogging about your most recent sexual encounter, and so on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brent H on October 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is definitely one of the better dating books I've read.

I found this book to be encouraging - it really enforced my belief that both men and women are very lonely and that not very many people actually enjoy being single. That most of us are trying to find someone we think we deserve who we can be with long term, in order to feel loved and less lonely. And that dating is the only way you can do that, so you might as well go into it with a positive attitude that you will enjoy dating and try to make it as enjoyable for the people you date as well.

That's the main thing I took home from this book, but there is a lot more. It was also a fast, enjoyable read because it was written with a great sense of humor.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By 33 year old lawyer on April 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
I agree with the reviewer who stated that this book seems to focus on old fashioned basics like, "Try to have nice teeth." That stood out for me, too. The author actually admits that she collects old how-to dating books from the 30s, 40s, 50s, etc. and throughout the book you will find these old fashioned dating guides cited again and again! And largely, this is a updated compendium of those. There are also references to current authors on dating and relationships and gender politics; the biggest thing I got out of this book was a reading list of other books...that turned out to be better than this one. Better guides to what it's like to actually get out there and date? Dating Amy, You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs, the online guide from Sarah Susanah Katz called Dating in the Suburbs, and Suzanne Schlosberg's The Curse of the Singles Table.

This is for very young people or for people who just got separated last week and need a primer again. And I didn't feel optimistic at the end of it; I felt kind of depressed. The book contains so many--this works, that doesn't, here's a problem, make sure you don't x, y, z...not terribly uplifting. Example: [Don't go to bars, because of the 80/20 rule. 80% of men all want to go after the top 20% best looking women, because even ugly fat guys think they all deserve hot chicks.] But then, the book contains a quote from someone who says something like, "Looks are important, but everyone is looking for something different." So, it ultimately is contradictory, and unless you are great looking, I doubt these kind of anecdotes are going to leave anyone feeling psyched to get dating...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Boccaccio on August 31, 2006
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This book was fun and full of good common sense--wise suggestions with a deft, intelligent, humorous touch. Lots of information, too, that I found very interesting, about the history of dating--and the latest trends (silent dating, speed dating, etc.). I like the fact that the advice in the book can be utilized by anyone who wants to date--that it's not gender specific, or specific to sexual preference.

An enjoyable read, with advice that really could make a difference in a person's dating life, if read carefully and taken to heart!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
How can singles date? Diane Mapes maintains most people don't know how to date anymore - and while there are plenty of books telling how to snare a wonderful man or woman, few teach now to be fair and attractive to others. Single readers will here find a romantic etiquette guide for modern times, designed as a portable tote and field guide and providing advice gleaned from the author's interviews with singles across the country: singles who hate dating!

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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