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About the Author

Barry Rothman is a fifty-something former practicing attorney who has lived in Denver, Colorado, and San Diego, California. He currently resides in Florida, where he continues to search for his soul mate.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (December 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938908120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938908125
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,290,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Johnson on August 4, 2009
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This is a very entertaining read! Great stories balanced with wit and insight.
I would recommend it to anyone wanting a good laugh.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Del Mar Brian on March 15, 2010
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This book is Great! It is all about choosing to see life, (regardless of the ups or downs), in a fun way. The author is hilaroius and brings the reader along for a joy ride full of laughter, that you don't want to end. You get to go along with him and relive both wonderful and awkward situations that everybody can relate to. I love this book and HIGHLY recommend it for anybody who is looking for a little departure from the mundane.
Brian.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Theresa M. Conklin on May 5, 2013
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A perfect read for a lighthearted day! The author is very witty and relatable, and I enjoyed his feelgood outlook on life's often over-dramatized dating situations. Humorous, upbeat. Not vulgar or disrespectful - a pleasurable read for 20-somethings, 80-somethings, or anything in between (or above!). This book helped me reflect on my own past relationships, see them in a lighter way, and release some of the negative feelings I had pent up regarding my exes. Much appreciated! I never would have gotten there if it weren't for Rothman's example. Would recommend for a cheery, easy read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Dierker on August 5, 2009
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This is a great guide for any male age 5-50 trying to navigate the difficult waters of the dating world. Some stories will make you laugh, some will make you cry, but in the end some real world knowledge can be gained that will help you make the right choice when it comes to women.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Downtowne on February 5, 2015
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While happily married, this book’s catchy title caught my eye while scanning alumni blurbs in a recent University of Denver (DU) magazine. I didn’t know the author, Barry Rothman, but was curious what had compelled a lawyer to write about relationships. On a whim, I ordered it. Count me as one happy customer. My only regret is that his book wasn’t available 35 years ago when I began dating.
An easy read, I consumed it in one evening. This was due, in part, to its brevity but mostly because it’s an entertaining book. Rothman details his relationships with the opposite sex starting in grammar school. The 50-something former practicing attorney must be a charmer since he’s certainly dated a multitude of successful and fetching women from diverse backgrounds.
In summarizing each relationship, the author is brutally honest and humorous in assessing the faults of his dates—and himself. Some of the quotes he unearthed are priceless (Tony Curtis: “I could never date anyone old enough to be my wife,” or Groucho Marx’s comment about a talkative lady, “You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle”). One sense’s right away that some connections will be train wrecks. Many matches, however, are to varying degrees compatible yet Rothman never quite finds his kindred spirit.
What elevates Ginger or Mary Ann above simply a fun read, though, are Rothman’s dating suggestions. These insights, while not always groundbreaking, are valuable wisdom. He makes compelling arguments on topics that include dating within your own “social milieu,” long distance relationships, lost opportunities, holiday romances, and “Stage Door Johnnys.” Dating is challenging under the best circumstances but reading Rothman’s book will make it a more enriching, less fraught experience especially for men.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Whompette on December 28, 2012
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Barry, thank you for bringing your experiences to the world. The lessons are worth the read, as are some of the stories. I envy the younger men and women who choose to take the ride of your experiences. Hope they will check in here to verify that something in the book was helpful to them. Will watch for their comments.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Portnow on March 31, 2010
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Barry Rothman's book offers wit and advice gained from years of experience with failed relationships. This book is a fun read, full of humorous stories that are stranger than fiction, and rare insight into relationships. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone that has been playing the singles game.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By magee on February 28, 2013
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you may want to read this charming book in one sitting.
it is quirky and unique.
i can see this book turned into a sitcom, watching this
funny kid's escapades with girls week after week.
humorous..... a little sad.... but not too sad!
waiting for the author's next book .
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