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Jane Austen's guide to dating
Henderson, Lauren
Adult Nonfiction HQ801 .H454 2005

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Always a popular topic, true love is the focus of many self-help books coming out the next two months. Novelist Henderson (My Lurid Past) puts a twist on the usual advice by using characters from Jane Austen's novels as case studies. Her "Ten Principles of Dating" include don't fall for superficial qualities, be prepared to wait for the right person to come along, and reprimand your love if he needs it. The personality quizzes at the end, which reveal which Austen character the reader and her intended mate most resemble, are fun and will be particularly appealing. Austen fans will derive the most pleasure from this book, but others will find more relevant love advice elsewhere. Recommended for larger libraries and literary communities.In this revision of her 1987 best seller, Kent, a popular talk-show guest, takes a different tack, offering women step-by-step advice on how to dress their age and body type, where to meet the best men, how to enhance and maintain the right relationship, and when to move in. She suggests putting as much time and thought into "shopping" for a mate as one does in shopping for an outfit for a special occasion-a process that entails interviewing him to assess his values and goals, interpersonal relations, and attitude toward money. This is strategic planning to be sure, but the book lacks deeper insights. It will, however, generate demand owing to Kent's scheduled media appearances. For most public libraries.Warren, psychologist and creator of the successful online matchmaker, has assembled a guide based on his research and insights from the 2500 successful marriages fostered by the web site. Twenty-nine key personal dimensions, he claims, can be indicative of compatibility between two people; readers should focus on improving and knowing themselves and being aware of the red flags that forecast trouble in a relationship. While there's a Christian undertone now and then, this would probably not offend those from other faiths or the nonreligious. For larger relationship collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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