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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Delta (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385340591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385340595
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this enthusiastic how-to, a happily married professional writer (Five Men Who Broke My Heart) and amateur matchmaker tells singles to use their friends, family and colleagues as signposts on the road to wedded bliss. She asserts that by making steps toward self-improvement (if necessary), swallowing their pride and asking those in their circle to set them up, readers will find prospects far more promising than anything they might find online or at the bar. Though many of Shapiro's suggestions are unique and intriguing, some still come off as a little desperate, despite her efforts to counter prejudices against this method of finding a mate. (Jan. 2)
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“[An] enthusiastic how-to.... Many of Shapiro’s suggestions are unique and intriging.”—Publishers Weekly

"A fabulous approach to finding your mate! Shapiro's candor and insight will resonate with anyone fed up with the online dating scene and provide a new call-to-action for singles of all ages."—Rachel Greenwald, author of the NYT bestselling Find a Husband after 33 Using what I Learned at Harvard Business School

"Shapiro makes the antiquated art of matchmaking au courant in this honest, pragmatic, and irresistible guide."—Stephanie Klein, author of Straight Up and Dirty: A Memoir

"Susan Shapiro's writing is feisty and funny on the outside--with warmth and depth on the inside—an appealing hybrid of humor and candor."—Karen Salmansohn, author of How to be Happy, Dammit

"Susan Shapiro is a serious and gifted fix-up fanatic."—Lisa Loeb, musician

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Shapiro's book goes way beyong the usual advice genre.
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I'd definitely recommend this book for singles, but I think it could really benefit people in a relationship as well.
K.L.
I just finished reading Susan Shapiro's Secrets of a Fix-Up Fanatic.
Layne Dalfen

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K.L. on January 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you've had no luck on the dating scene then this book is for you. It's filled with tips on how to go about finding the right person and going to bars and online dating services are not going to help. Shapiro also focuses on why you need to see how content you are with your own life before you go looking for a relationship. She asks questions that might hit on what you've been trying to avoid-like if you're in debt, not ahppy where your career is going, or just not 100% happy with your circumstances right now. She says if you're in debt and in in a job crisis, why would somebody want to join you in your misery? She hits to the heart of why a lot of relationships fail. I liked her relationship examples too-I either saw myself or my friends in many of the scenerios. I'd definitely recommend this book for singles, but I think it could really benefit people in a relationship as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By subway reader on January 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
This fantastic book is not only a how-to for finding that perfect someone, it's a step-by-step guide for living a rich life. The author coaches you to ask yourself what's most important to you, and gives you the confidence, courage and push to go out and get it. The book is filled with outrageously fabulous examples of how to navigate fixing yourself and adding spice to your life. Whether you're looking to meet your match or happily attached, this book is the perfect recipe for love, any way you slice it. The one thing to watch for, though, as you're reading, the author's rhythmic voice is so engaging that you may (like me) miss your subway stop or be late for a date!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Feiring on December 27, 2006
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Shapiro's book goes way beyong the usual advice genre. This is an honest, heartfelt, page-turning offering. Get to the end and your reward is ten years worth of therapy in the guise of a fast-talking, straight-shooting brilliantly written book.I've passed it on to two of my single friends who have told me it already changed their lives (one started to date after a six year hiatus). As for me? Presently not single, I was entertained but more; I walked away with cogent advice for navigating life, even if I have the romantic thing down (for now, at least). What makes this book a break out is that her advice seems to work whether you want a lover, husband or attain a goal, whatever that might be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Layne Dalfen on December 28, 2013
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I just finished reading Susan Shapiro's Secrets of a Fix-Up Fanatic. It's true. She is a fix-up fanatic, but her advice on how to meet and marry your match are so far away from computer dating, bars, speed dating, and everything else "modern" we have become accustomed to that when I brought Susan's ideas up at our family Sunday night dinner, it captured the whole evening. My daughters range in age from 40 all the way down to 20, so Susan's book sparked a discussion in our family that seems to be still on-going! I love her honesty. I enjoy the stories she shares and especially Susan's openness about her own process in her relationship with her husband. I also like that she gives you in-your-face-ideas about taking responsibility for the part you play in the success or failure of each relationship you have. It's terrific. I related to Susan's list of "good and bad qualities" in her chapter on How To Recognize Good Raw Material. It made me laugh because it is similar to the one I would have had after my first date with my husband! Over all, the book is great because it is filled with easy-to-follow point form lists that we can all relate to. I have already recommended it to my single friends to read!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beverly A. Willett on April 11, 2007
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If you're happily married and picked up Shapiro's new book off your friend's coffee table, you still wouldn't be able to put it down. It sounds cliche, but Shapiro's advice is such a breath of fresh air in a culture all too focused on the superficial and prone to want a quick fix for everything. Shapiro tells us what we sometimes don't want to hear -- fix what's inside, "dig deeper" as she advises her writing students, reassess your values, and get over yourself, first, before you start looking for what you want "out there." While she doesn't mince words and leaves little wiggle room (isn't it enough already that our society is so focused on blame and getting out of commitments?), Shapiro's advice is heartfelt, loving and lighthearted. For example, just when you're in the middle of thinking "how can I ever do this?" out pops a line that will have you laughing hard and feeling positive again. The book is chockful of common sense and concrete examples that ring true. Finally, while Shapiro's book seems more geared to women and men who've been dating awhile and can't "close the deal," I think her book should be required reading for anyone dating at any age!
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More About the Author

Susan B. Shapiro is an award-winning Manhattan writing professor and The New York Times bestselling author of the nonfiction books UNHOOKED, FIVE MEN WHO BROKE MY HEART, LIGHTING UP, SECRETS OF A FIX-UP FANATIC, ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR WORD and two novels, SPEED SHRINKING and OVEREXPOSED. Most recently she co-authored THE BOSNIA LIST (Penguin, 2014.) Her books have been translated into 12 languages. She's written for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Nation & Newsweek and teaches "the instant gratification takes too long" school of writing at The New School and in private classes and workshops. Visit her at her website Susanshapiro.net, follower her on Twitter at @Susanshapironet or email her directly at profsue123@gmail.com

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