Dating for a New BFF

      When journalist Rachel Bertsche first moved from New York to Chicago, she was thrilled to finally share a zip code, let alone an apartment, with her boyfriend. But shortly after getting married, Bertsche realized that her new life was missing one thing friends. While she had friends hundreds of miles away, in her adopted hometown, there was no one to call at the last minute for girl talk over brunch or a reality-TV marathon over a bottle of wine. Tired of waiting for her new best friend to come knocking on her door, Bertsche took matters into her own hands launching a year-long project: 52 girl-dates, one a week for twelve months, in search of her new best friend.

      In MWF SEEKING BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend Bertsche blends the story of her 52 girl-dates with the latest social research on the importance of friendship for a happy life, to examine how difficultand hilariously awkward (do you hug someone at the end of a friend date?)it is to make new friends as an adult. Meeting friends through everything from acquaintances to a friend rental websites, Improv classes to book clubs Bertsche uncovers that no matter how great your life is, the intimacy you find with close friends, is necessary for a full life.

      Meet Rachel tonight at her book signing event at the Cedar Hills Powell's at 7:00.