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51 dates. 50 weeks. That was the social experiment Kristen McGuinessa€”single, living in LA, and entering her thirties newly sobera€”embarked upon. McGuiness thought facing her struggle with alcoholism would be the hardest part, with love coming easily afterwards. It didna€™t. Rethinking her previous dating strategy, she embarks on the ultimate social experiment: 51 dates over the course of 50 weeks, and a chance to claim the life she thought was supposed to be hers. Dodging CHAs (Cheesy Hollywood Actors) and men with self-diagnosed RAD (Relationship Anxiety Disorder), McGuiness is determined to find the qperfect guyq by being the qperfect girl.q But McGuiness, like all of us, has her own issues to contend with: a longing for the wrong kind of men, a penchant for swearing, and a difficult relationship with her father in maximum-security prison. But as the year progresses, McGuiness begins to develop a new hope for her futurea€”the dates transform into truth-seeking missions, and point her toward a life with satisfying work, a supportive family and, with the help of a local shaman, a comforting spirituality. Told with wry humor, pathos, and an engaging lack of self-pity, 51/50 is a moving adventure.Because wea#39;re Sicilian and Hungarian, I think therea#39;s an inherent a€œyoua#39;re blood, go do somethingaquot; policy that isna#39;t always effective. ... worst life crisis, and though I had recently gone through my own financial and psychological breakdown, off I went to Ft. Lauderdale to save the day. I spent the next week on the Master Cleanse because I figured, if nothing else, I might as well lose weight while I was there.

Author:Kristen McGuiness
Publisher:Soft Skull Press - 2010-08-10


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