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Just last year, Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider's hit book, The Rules, arrived in bookstores and proceeded to shake up the dating world. Single women everywhere who had previously bemoaned their dating woes all of a sudden had a bible by which to dictate their relationships, and seemingly overnight a cultural frenzy erupted. The Rules was everywhere, and so were the authors, appearing nationwide on radio shows, on national television programs such as "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "20/20," and in bookstores. Reviews of the book appeared in countless publications and periodicals, and it reached No. 1 on almost every bestseller list in the country. Frankly, the book got it on — be it on people's nerves or their night tables. It was an overnight success, illustrating the need felt by single women everywhere for some guidelines on the games of love and winning over Mr. Right when all was said and done.
One year later, there still remain many games to be played, and rules to live by, in any successful relationship. Fein and Schneider have delivered their second installment of dating etiquette dos and don'ts, and when to do them, in The Rules II: More Rules to Live and Love By. The authors received so many letters and met so many overjoyed women who had met the man of their dreams by following The Rules that the stage set itself for a second installment of advice to the dating public — the lovelorn or the lovesick, the scorned or the suffocated, the ambivalent or the assertive — much of it answering the specific dating scenarios posed bywomenreaders nationwide. How do you win an ex-boyfriend back? What are the Rules when you enter into a long-distance relationship? How about same-sex relationships? What are the Rules for dating a celebrity, and how do the Rules change for him? What are the Rules for cyberdating? In hopes of continuing to help women challenge their dates to continue their amorous pursuits, Fein and Schneider put to rest here any misconceptions or confusion concerning their formula for successful relationships.
There are chapters of new advice for women in existing relationships and for married, widowed, and recently divorced women: everything from identifying Mr. Wrong to getting the right man to the altar. The extraordinary success of The Rules leads one to believe that the guidelines may actually work; The Rules II promises more lasting and loving relationships for women around the country — and probably more healthy controversy, too.