Exciting Book News!

I haven’t written much on this blog about my upcoming book. That’s because, until now, I haven’t had much concrete information to share.

But now I do!

Yesterday I found out that MWF Seeking BFF, the book, will be on-sale from Ballantine Books on January 10, 2012.

Over the next 270 days (but who’s counting?) I’ll be posting information about the book as it becomes available. To start, here’s the description from the book jacket:

When Rachel Bertsche first moves to Chicago, she’s thrilled to finally share a zip code, let alone an apartment, with her boyfriend. But shortly after getting married, Bertsche realizes her new life is missing one thing: friends. Sure, she has plenty of BFFs—in New York and San Francisco and Boston and Washington DC. Yet in her adopted hometown, there’s no one to call at the last minute for girl-talk over brunch or a reality TV marathon over a bottle of wine. Taking matters into her own hands, Bertsche develops a plan: she’ll go on fifty-two friend-dates, one per week for a year, in hopes of meeting her new Best Friend Forever.

In her thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud funny memoir, Bertsche blends the story of her girl-dates (who she meets everywhere from improv class to friend-rental websites) with the latest in social research to examine how difficult—and hilariously awkward—it is to make new friends as an adult. She asks why women will happily announce they need a man but are embarrassed to admit they need a BFF. And she uncovers the reality that no matter how great your love life, you gotta have friends.

I’m so excited to share my book—and my search—with all of you. While this blog deals with friendship issues in every aspect, the book is much more specific about my “year of friending.” (I’m still open to new friends of course—email me!—but this year is a bit less stringent in its schedule.) I share many stories of friend-dates in the book that I’ve never revealed on this blog, and while these posts jump from topic to topic, the book is a narrative. It details the good, the bad, and the painfully awkward of my year, as well as the strategies that worked for me (and didn’t) and the self-discoveries I made along the way.

I do hope you’ll pick up a copy!

I must say, for over a year now MWF Seeking BFF, the book, has felt like this mysterious “thing” that would never be real. Now? With an actual date? It looks like publication is really happening! Thanks, as always, to all you readers who have come along for the ride.

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40 responses to “Exciting Book News!

  1. Jen W

    So exciting! I look forward to reading it!

  2. L

    How wonderful! Congrats :o)

  3. I can’t wait to pick it up – since I didn’t get to the blog right at the beginning and didn’t necessarily see some of the stories about girl dates that you’ve posted (and I haven’t had time to really go back and look in the archives), I’m excited to read the entire process…especially since I might be in a place where I need to find some new BFFs sometime soon.

    Congratulations!!

  4. This is so exciting! Congratulations!

    Let me know when I can preorder the book.😉

  5. Krista B.

    Can’t wait to read it!

  6. Thats Wonderful!!! I love reading your blog as it comes to my email daily! Hurray!!!

    Jamie

  7. That’s huge! Congratulations! This seems like it will be one of those books I buy multiple copies of because I’ll lend it out and mysteriously never see it again…it’s that good!

  8. Woo-hoo! So exciting!!! So, when will you be on the Today Show talking about it?🙂

  9. Hooray!!! I’m most excited about this! I’ve shared your blog with many friends. I can’t wait to tell them about the book!

  10. I will most certainly demand a signed copy.

  11. Bravo!!! I cannot WAIT to read it. xox

  12. Congrats! I love your blog and I can’t wait to get your book.

  13. Kristin

    Congrats! I want on the pre-oder list too!

  14. Callie

    Yippee! I cant wait until January 10th. So proud of you! I promise I will buy many many copies and give them to everyone I know.

  15. Maria

    The book sounds really great. I can’t wait to read it.

  16. Bravo to you – that’s amazing news! Congrats!

    XO
    Lenore

  17. Yeah! Congrats to you – I can’t wait to read the book!!😀

  18. Droplet

    Congrats! I’ll pick up a copy!!

  19. Ruchi

    Awesome! So very proud of you. Love the book jacket description. After I purchase the book, I promise to be a one-woman marketing machine when it comes to convincing others to buy your book!

    • Sarah

      Also so excited for you! The book jacket is perfect and I can’t wait to read the book. I, too, will “sell” your book to every person I know!!

  20. Woohoo! I can’t wait till the book is on pre-order, I’ll be so excited to read and promote it.

    Sneha

  21. Naomi

    So proud of you!! Can’t wait to buy, read, & promote it!

  22. OMG Congrats!!!! I was already excited for it, but that description makes me want to read it now, especially since I’ve just recently started following your blog. Sounds like the perfect book to buy for my friends who don’t live in the same city as me anymore🙂

  23. Ditto on the signed copy. Cannot wait!

  24. Congratulations! Be sure to let us know when pre-order is available on Amazon! Can’t wait to read it.

  25. Jennygirl

    Congratulations! This is wonderful news. I am very happy for you and know that all of your friends also share in your happiness🙂
    Woo-hoo!

  26. Congratulations! I can’t wait to see it on shelves!

  27. Kelly

    Sounds awesome! January 2012 seems so far away, I want to buy it now!

  28. Cheryl

    Wonderful!! Congratulations!! 🙂 (Doing a happy dance for you!)

  29. San

    oh wow, this is so exciting, rachel! i’ll definitely check it out!!🙂
    congrats!!!

  30. Congrats! Can’t wait to read the book.

  31. Wow, thanks everyone for your support and excitement! I so appreciate it…

  32. Lorrie Paige

    You’re welcome. It’s been fun. Congrats.🙂

  33. Lorrie Paige

    To be honest, I’m not sure I’ll be reading your book though, as the subject doesn’t really relate to me anymore…I’ve moved on and far more interested in other subjects. I get a lot of books from the library so may go there and sign up to read a copy, but as I’m sure the waiting list will be long.

    Congrats again and good luck with success in book sales, interviews and book tours–get those hands in shape to be signing a lot of autographs!🙂

    • Trombone Joan

      The subject doesnt really relate to you anymore? May I ask then why do you comment on this fantastic blog almost daily? You must have all the friends you need. That’s wonderful. Congratulations. What subjects are you far more interested in now?
      As a fan of Rachel’s (who isnt, right?), you may still want to consider supporting her and purchasing her book. If it’s half as good as this blog, her book is going to be legen… wait for it… dary.

      • Lorrie Paige

        I comment (sometimes) becuase I’m still interested in some of the posts. Just becuase Rachel’s blog doesn’t relate to me personally anymore, doesnt’ mean I no longer am interested in Rachel’s blog at all.

        I would like to say, I think Rachel is a very mature writer in that she appreciates all kinds of comments, not just the ones who always praises her and never gives constructive thoughts. That’s saying a lot.

        Rachel, you are a real professional in your field and hats off to you for that.🙂

  34. Suzannah

    Rachel, can’t wait to check it out! My biggest congrats, what an accomplishment!

  35. Casey

    Congrats, Rach! So excited for you. I’ll buy it and have all of my friends buy it, too🙂

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