The Science of Single: One Woman's Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry, and Finding Love [NOOK Book]

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One year of dating. One year of looking for love. One uproarious and touching memoir.

After years of dating without a connection, Rachel Machacek vowed to try a more dedicated, less slipshod, more scientific way of finding love. So, she committed a year of her life to trying every mainstream (and ...
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The Science of Single: One Woman's Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry, and Finding Love

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Overview

Read Rachel Machacek's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

One year of dating. One year of looking for love. One uproarious and touching memoir.

After years of dating without a connection, Rachel Machacek vowed to try a more dedicated, less slipshod, more scientific way of finding love. So, she committed a year of her life to trying every mainstream (and not-so-mainstream) method of meeting the right guy. In The Science of Single, Rachel welcomes readers into the findings from her roller- coaster year, and although she set out looking for the right chemistry, what she discovers in the process is hilarious, unexpected, and infinitely more exciting.

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Thirty-three years old and seven years single, Machacek decides to shake things up by throwing herself into the path of as many men as possible, hoping to stumble upon some surprising relationship truths along the way. Taking advantage of online dating sites, attending singles events and networking conventions, suffering through blind dates and matchmaking misfires, and subjecting herself to the so-called wisdom of dating books and coaches, Machacek commits herself to upping her suitor count and, hopefully, the odds—with mixed results. As detailed in the blog that led to this book, a year of drinks, lunches, dinners, and awkward trysts leaves her pretty much where she started, though with greater courage, self-knowledge, and faith in her gut instincts, a discovery that might seem like a no-brainer to readers. One gets the sense that the real problem might be the quality or men Machacek encounters, or the types—artsy, spiritual, and ultimately flaky—that she seeks. A better experiment would involve breaking old patterns, connecting with promising men from different backgrounds and professions, and seeing if sparks fly. (Jan.)
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Washington Flyer contributing editor and "clueless romantic" Machacek spends a year looking for true love.

After a fizzled long-distance relationship followed by miserable blind dates, the frustrated 33-year-old became proactive, beginning a 12-month "experiment" using a variety of matchmaking outlets to find her Mr. Right. The opening statistics are discouraging—a 2005 survey of Internet users: "55% of singles reported no active interest in seeking a romantic partner"—yet Machacek plodded on, posting profiles on sites like Match.com, eHarmony, IJL ("It's Just Lunch") and The Onion Personals. The expectations were lofty, but the in-person dates disappointed in both looks and personality as much as the rapid-fire exchanges at speed dating and the four weeks of blind dating, which failed to turn up anyone with which the author shared romantic chemistry. Machacek appealed to family, friends and co-workers for support, especially sage gay pal Kenneth, who's "equal parts crotchety old man and charming queen." With one service charging more than $1,000, the author learned the costly side of romance alongside the quagmires of dating outside her area code and coming clean to potential love interests about her experiment. Whether these men failed to entice her due to "stylistic blunders," lack of physical attraction or spark, the author repeatedly found herself "caught in a melee of not-quite-rights." Some of the calamity is humorous, and there's fun to be had in the chase itself, but her "superficial judgments" on the parade of men who abruptly came and went eventually doomed her serial dating project. To her credit, the author acquiesces to hard-won personal revelations about her shallowness and sabotaging tendencies to prejudge others. Machacek's most rational conclusion, however, concerns her refusal to settle for less—to "not choose anyone in order to keep myself open to someone whoisright for me."

Practical but dispiriting social spadework.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101478448
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,358,720
  • File size: 220 KB

Meet the Author

Rachel Machacek is a writer and editor living and dating in Washington, D.C. A contributing editor to the Washington Flyer magazine, her articles have also appeared in the Washington Post and Maryland Life magazines. She ponders dating and relationships on her blog, The Science of Single.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    A great read for anyone!

    I've been married for ten years and am way out of the dating scene BUT, The Science of Single is a thoroughly funny, "does that really happen" kind of book. You don't have to be single to enjoy the escapades of Rachel's life as she navigates the dating world. It's a great beach or plane ride read, and the perfect book for single girlfriends to pass around. Actually, guys should read it too so they learn how not to act on a date! Thank you Rachel for being so honest and sharing your experiences with us. I hope Mr. Right is out there for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2011

    A great laugh - READ THIS!

    This book is full of laughs about the quest for love in the 21st century. Anyone that is dating - OR has ever dated - will find a great read in the chronicles of Rachel's dating life.
    Don't miss her VERY original experiences and lessons learned. Great gift for your girlfriends.

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