Fifty First Dates after Fifty

A Memoir

Non-Fiction - Womens
307 Pages
Reviewed on 09/27/2021
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Author Biography

I drew upon my thirty years as a social science researcher and ten years as a relationship workshop assistant to create the dating project in Fifty First Dates after Fifty. I wrote the memoir to inspire women to enjoy dating and to have hope that they can find their own partner. A native Californian from Los Angeles with a New England education, I found my true home in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I prepared for dating and life by attending spiritual ceremonies, working in free clinics, leading women’s backpacking trips, hiking the local green hills, identifying as a lesbian-feminist in the 1970s and ’80s, and earning graduate degrees in women’s studies, statistics, and educational research. Fifty First Dates after Fifty is my first book, and excerpts have been published in Persimmon Tree, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, and the Human Awareness Institute’s Enlighten Journal. An excerpt from my second memoir, about my lesbian-feminist years, has been published in Noyo River Review. Still a feminist, I live in the Bay Area with my partner, one of my fifty dates. For more information, including dating resources, visit www.carolynleearnold.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite

Fifty First Dates After Fifty: A Memoir by Carolyn Lee Arnold is an uplifting, enjoyable read destined for women who are still open to finding love and being intimate with men until they find the right partner to settle down with. In this book, Carolyn shares her most intimate experiences with the men she dated in her journey to find the right partner. At fifty-eight years old, right after ending her longest relationship, Carolyn makes a plan. She decides to date fifty men to gather information about what she wants in a partner to help her find Mr. Right. Thus, Carolyn thinks that the best way to find temporary partners for her dating project is to attend HAI workshops known for their nontraditional approach to love, intimacy, and sexuality.

Fifty First Dates After Fifty by Carolyn Lee Arnold is an inspirational dating book that teaches women how to date and find a long-term equal partner. While reading this book, I was afraid that Carolyn's dating experiences would turn out to be an emotional roller coaster and an almost impossible project to go through without being hurt and vulnerable, but her personality really astonished me. Carolyn proves that only mature women can handle so many dates in a deliciously healthy way. She also proves that no one is too old to date to experience love, sexual freedom, and deep sensual connection with different types of men. Fifty First Dates After Fifty is a well-written, sexy, and easy-to-read memoir that would appeal to women of all ages.