Fifty First Dates After Fifty

A Memoir

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Pub Date 02 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 02 Nov 2021

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What does a free-spirited, fifty-something professional do when she breaks up with her non-committal Buddhist boyfriend and longs for a life partner? She holds a ‘letting go’ ceremony with the boyfriend, challenges herself to go on 50 dates, takes a few lovers, and voila! Finding Mr. Right becomes a sexy dating project.

Set in the SF Bay Area world of personal growth workshops and spiritual ceremonies, Fifty First Dates after Fifty traces the adventurous path of Carolyn’s universal quest for love. The goal of fifty pulls her forward through the highs and lows of dating—magical and ecstatic, pining and painful—while her heart soars, falls, and keeps on going. Buoyed by her dating project, she avoids settling for the wrong guy, discovers the type of man she wants, reconciles a love of independence and sex with her desire for commitment and emotional connection, and finds the unique partner for her.

This upbeat memoir about the search for a partner in midlife is also a celebration of a woman’s unabashed sexuality. Erotic in places, funny in others, it offers a positive view of dating as an enjoyable journey of self-discovery and self-love along the way to one’s own Mr. Right.

What does a free-spirited, fifty-something professional do when she breaks up with her non-committal Buddhist boyfriend and longs for a life partner? She holds a ‘letting go’ ceremony with the...


A Note From the Publisher

CAROLYN LEE ARNOLD drew upon her 30 years as a social science researcher and 10 years as a relationship workshop assistant to create the dating project in “Fifty First Dates after Fifty.” A native Californian from Los Angeles with a New England education, Arnold found her true home in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she 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 her 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 her second memoir, about her lesbian-feminist years, has been published in Noyo River Review. Still a feminist, she lives in the Bay Area with her partner — one of her 50 dates.

CAROLYN LEE ARNOLD drew upon her 30 years as a social science researcher and 10 years as a relationship workshop assistant to create the dating project in “Fifty First Dates after Fifty.” A native...


Advance Praise

“This is no mere memoir but a handbook on how to date the adult way. By reading Arnold's entertaining and upbeat story of voracious exploration, Generation X, Y and Z can learn everything no one ever taught them about effective communication, self-care, emotional responsibility and joyful sexual freedom. 

If dating is in your future, this inspirational book is for you.”

Robin Rinaldi, author of “The Wild Oats Project”


"This book will have great appeal to other seekers — men and women — especially those who are older or long for a deep sensual connection to others. Carolyn is such a role model for other middle-aged women — unafraid, unabashedly sensual and assertive. I love how brave and brazen she is!"

Julia Scheeres, New York Times best-selling author of “Jesus Land”


“Carolyn boldly shares the raw vulnerabilities of being a person truly living life on her own terms. 

You’ll be rooting for Carolyn all the way through as she tries, fails, feels, picks herself up, 

dusts herself off and courageously moves forward into her next new adventure. ... 

I was hooked at the prologue. You will be too.”

Wendy Newman, author of “121 First Dates”


“Carolyn Arnold's dating stories in ‘Fifty First Dates After Fifty’ will be inspiring for any woman who worries that life has passed her by and that it's too late to attract a life partner. There will be bad dates, broken hearts and dashed expectations — and some hot fun along the way.”

Sasha Cagen, feminist life coach and author of “Quirkyalone”


“This is no mere memoir but a handbook on how to date the adult way. By reading Arnold's entertaining and upbeat story of voracious exploration, Generation X, Y and Z can learn everything no one ever...


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