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Eightysixed: Life Lessons Learned Paperback – February 5, 2014

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About the Author

Emily Belden is a creative spitfire living, working, and playing in the city of Chicago. She started a blog 4 years ago called "Total E-Bag" and suddenly became the cool kid in school. Little did she know at the time, one of her first posts would morph into a full-length manuscript - a memoir - called Eightysixed. It is a story of a scandal and serendipity. "A comedy of misses," we like to say.

Emily Belden's memoir, Eightysixed, is a delightful story that will have you laughing and crying, sometimes at the same time. Through a series of misses and chance encounters, Eightysixed reminds us that no matter how bumpy the road is or how many detours we take, there is always an alternate route that can forever change the course of our lives.

Perhaps coined by the mob, "eightysixing" once meant taking someone out of town 80 miles and leaving them 6 feet under. Today, it's a term used by restaurants when they remove items from a menu. For Emily, it meant the things she longed for most in life were in seriously short supply.

Eightysixed is a modern take on the old-fashioned notion of finding true love in the big city. It's a humorous look at a young woman in her twenties who tries to have it all - an exciting career, a great walk-up in the 312 area code, and a guy worth loving. The problem is, she wanted to have it all at the same time. Unfortunately, that balance was most definitely eightysixed out of Emily's life, as was patience, eligible bachelors, and hope. Through a random encounter at Emily's lowest point, she is able to sift through the debris of her crumbling life to discover the life and love she always wanted.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Pandamoon Publishing; 1 edition (February 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991213173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991213177
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,232,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was just flat-out fun to read. I could tell within about 4 lines I was going to like it, just because Belden has such a quick wit and a way with words that just made each sentence enjoyable. She paints pictures of a series of unique characters and her quest of finding a great relationship, job and life. The book is often fun, sometimes sad, but always humorous and smart. If you like Sex in the City but with more relatable characters, Emily Belden's Eightsixed is a sure fire winner. It's a big book (484 pages I believe) but it reads very quick. I've already passed along recommendations to several friends about the book
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Eightysixed, Emily Belden's edgy memoir, is her frank and colorful account of being twenty-something and looking for love and respect in some unusual places in the big city. Reading it is like overhearing a best friend from high school's inner monologue as she wends her way through a difficult period of adjustment following the breakup of a during-college relationship that went nowhere:

"Trent was my "Groundhog's Day." No matter what I would do, the same nightmare involving him was going to replay itself day after day. With him, it was always going to be six more weeks of a cold, harsh winter."

Belden tells of her trials and tribulations in a confusing period of her life with candor in a thoroughly relatable and entertaining way. Using a good bit of wit, self-deprecating humor, cutting satire and a singular sense for the irony in every situation she draws us into her world, showing us how much she is like any of us, seeking happiness. When she returns home - sort of - to Chicago she finds a job, moves in with friends and begins searching for the right one:

"I was simply a recovering romantic looking for someone to restore my faith in the opposite sex: someone who could relate, someone who was slightly above average, if possible."

Eightysixed is brilliant from cover to cover letting the reader in on a few of life's lessons learned. Belden reveals many of the bad things we unwittingly do to one another while we are busy figuring out how our gifts match up with those of others.

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This book is one of those that has you laughing by the first page, hard to put down and makes you feel like you're not alone in life. Great read and wonderfully written. Can't wait to read more from this author!
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Eightysixed blew me away. Its one girls dating/life/work drama in Chicago. While on the surface it may seem not that excited, Emily has a style in writing that flows, entertains, and is poetry all in one.

She lets us into her mind and gives a tour of her life. Well worth checking out!
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Eightysixed is a super fun ride - well written, witty, and engaging. The author is skilled at taking her readers on a journey and you definitely are engaged to find out what happens next! I can't wait to see what she publishes next!
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I enjoyed reading Eightysixed. It is very well written and keeps your interest. I think every woman can relate to some part of this story regardless of age. There are parts that break your heart and other parts that leave you with the feeling of "What was she thinking!!!".
I hope Emily will continue with her writing!
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I was really impressed by this memoir. It was like having a conversation with your best friend. I laughed, cried, and found myself rooting for Emily the whole time. Great stories and great writing.
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This was a great memoir of a twenty-something on her journey of love and live. Belden's snark was relatable and made the book a quick and easy read. A fantastic read for women of all ages.
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