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Hunting Season

Hunting Season: A Field Guide to Targeting and Capturing the Perfect Man by Elle uses the metaphor of the deer hunt to describe "dating season" which runs between April 1 and Sept. 30. It's partly in jest, so think of this more as a guide to helping you meet and date more men.

Important love lessons:

  • Elle's number-one rule of hunting is "never hunt with a posse!" She explains, "If you go hunting with your girlfriends, what will you do? You will buy drinks for one another . . . You will talk to each other and scan the room together. You might fake-laugh loudly. You will, basically, be trying to draw attention to yourselves as a group. In doing so, you turn yourselves into prey. We never want to be prey."
  • "You see an attractive buck and he smiles at you. What do most women do? Either they buy a drink (blaaaahhh! goes the buzzer! Wrong!) or they look away and giggle (please, ladies, don’t giggle) . . . When he looks at you, breathe and then give him a big smile. If you're close enough, just say, 'Hello,' or, better yet, 'Good evening.' Maintaining eye contact, offering a nice smile and introducing yourself are the best ice breakers."

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Why Men Love Bitches

Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl — A Woman's Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship by Sherry Argov will help transform you from a "nice girl" into a confident, independent woman.

Important love lessons:

  • "The biggest variable between a bitch and a woman who is too nice is fear. The bitch shows that she's not afraid to be without him."
  • "More than anything else, he watches to see if you'll be too emotionally dependent on him."
  • "The nice girl gives away too much of herself when pleasing him regularly becomes more important than pleasing herself."
  • "Regardless of how pretty a woman is, looks alone will not sustain his respect. Appearance may pull him in, but it is your independence that will keep him turned on."

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Is He Lying to You?

Is He Lying to You?: An Ex-CIA Polygraph Examiner Reveals What Men Don't Want You to Know by Dan Crum will help you learn verbal and nonverbal signs of deception and develop a discerning eye for truth.

Important love lessons:

  • "Lies don't have to just come from his mouth; they can come from his feet, his sweaty brow, the biting of his lip, his shifting in his seat, and dozens of other combinations of nonverbal deception. Only you can remind yourself to be vigilant in your search for these signs."
  • "Nothing should send the alarm bells ringing in your head more than when you ask a simple question and get a convoluted, twisting, TMI answer. Honest people react honestly, with simplicity."
  • "You have a hidden ally in the automatic nervous system, but men also have a secret weapon to help them deceive you: guilt . . . Remember, it is your right to ask these questions and get honest answers. If you feel guilty every time you ask them, human nature is such that you will simply learn to avoid the guilt by not asking them; guys know this too!"

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