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A place to express how the books I've read have influenced, disturbed or enhanced my life. Literature with a little lesbian love sprinkled here and there. Pronounced /ree-nay/

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Abandoned Property
Designed by Pat Rasch, Shonell Bacon (Editor), Kai Mann
MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend - Rachel Bertsche Imagine you’re married to your college sweetheart, four or five years removed from college life, and your best friends are scattered across the country, leaving you with no local bestie to call for Sunday brunch or a mani-pedi gabfest on the fly. Your husband is wonderful, but he’s not the one you talk to when you need someone to indulge your insecurities or would know whether this blouse works with this skirt.

So what do you do? You launch a one-year pursuit to find a BFF by having 52 girl-dates. Then write about it. And have it published like Rachel Bertsche, author of MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend.

From the beginning of one Chicago winter to the next, Bertsche puts herself out there to find the perfect girl-friend whom she can laugh, confide in, and be her goofy self around, a relationship on the same level with her long-time best friends. At first, it’s painful to watch Bertsche attempt to make friends, but as she breaks out of her comfort zone and tries activities she normally wouldn’t – speed-friending, Improv classes, friend matchmaking, anyone – her befriending becomes relaxed and old-hat.

More than that, Bertsche’s journey is well-written, deftly researched and, most of all, entertaining. Her never-ending girl-dates, observations, and anecdotes are what really make the book lively.

But what about all these dates? Did they really yield her a BFF? I won’t give it away. But what is does give her is a life that’s much richer afterward.