Introducing

First Date Stories:
Women’s Romantic and Ridiculous Midlife Adventures

all new!

The dating scene is baffling, frustrating, and isolating for too many women in midlife. First Date Stories is a collection of hopeful, hilarious, and horrific tales never before heard on the podcast. Along with dating tips and inspirational quotes by renowned women, this book reminds readers that not all first dates are created equal and that every initial encounter has the possibility to become something long-lasting and wonderful.

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What People Are Saying

First date jitters?

We’ve all been there!

Ellen meets Jim at a posh restaurant, hoping for an evening of fine wine and better conversation.

Maria sets out on a walk with a man she’s been looking forward to meeting.

In First Date Stories, these women, and others, enter into initial liaisons with well-honed expectations—and come out on the other side with extraordinary tales to tell that have never been heard on the podcast.

Chances are, every woman in her mid-thirties and over who is seeking a loving companion has a first date tale of triumph or disaster. Each of the candid and memorable stories Jodi Klein shares here imparts a bit of wisdom—with the help of takeaway tips and inspirational quotes—to guide readers through what can be a baffling, intimidating, and sometimes lonely journey.

Before a promising first date, or after an awful one, First Date Stories offers readers the reminder that being single should be celebrated, that not all first dates are created equal, and that every initial encounter has the possibility to become something long-lasting and wonderful.

Hello, I’m Jodi Klein

Thanks for being here.

I know what it’s like to date longer and later in life. A demanding career and desire to find my “Mr. Yes” led me to becoming an alumna of nearly 400 dates over the course of 26 years. I founded this podcast and blog as a platform for women to share their tales and wisdom. Why? So that we can help each other overcome the trials of dating in midlife, learn from one another, and stay on course to find enduring love.

As fabulous as podcasts are, there’s something incredibly powerful about actually reading women’s stories. That’s why I’ve written First Date Stories: Women’s Romantic and Ridiculous Midlife Adventures, which Kirkus Review calls a “humorous and defiantly upbeat new book” and Reader’s Favorite says “gives the caliber of experiences that one hopes for when selecting a book.” It’s a collection of tales never before heard on the podcast. The book also features quotations from renown women and helpful tips to help you find your Mr. Yes.

I’d be honored and ecstatic if you’d buy the book for yourself or a woman you care about. It’s available now by clicking on one of the bookshop logos below or by visiting your local bookstore. Thanks so much! 

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Upcoming Events

Virtual Book Launch: An Evening of Storytelling

In Conversation with Robin Gelfenbien
3-Time Moth StorySLAM Winner, PBS & Yum’s the Word Creator/Host

“At Home with Literati ”
Hosted by Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Are you up for some good stories?
Join us for an evening of memorable first date story swapping and more!

Tuesday, September 28 at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern


Virtual Book Launch: Zoom After Party

Tuesday, September 28 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern

Immediately after the virtual book launch, pop on over to join us at the Zoom After Party to raise a glass of your favorite beverage with Jodi.

Let’s toast to the book’s publication and to all the fabulous women (and men) she’s written it for and about!


Women’s Author Panel 

Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 7:00pm PDT

The Village Well
9900 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 

Featuring authors Jodi Klein, Laurie James, and Leslie Rasmussen

Three varied authors with three varied stories: a memoir of a mid-forties woman’s struggle to “do it all” through unrelenting circumstances, a novel about finding value and love after nearly twenty years of marriage, and a collection of stories about midlife dating. 

Tickets are $10 and are given in the form of a Gift Card to Village Well. If you would like to buy one of the books, the $10 will be applied to your book purchase. 


Invite Jodi to Speak at Your Event

Jodi would love to come speak at your event or bookstore about First Date Stories: Women’s Romantic and Ridiculous Midlife Adventures.

Publicity inquiries:
Crystal Patriarche
Booksparks
480-650-1688
crystal@booksparkspr.com

Introducing

First Date Stories:
Women’s Romantic and
Ridiculous Midlife Adventures

all new!

The dating scene is baffling, frustrating, and isolating for too many women in midlife. First Date Stories is a collection of hopeful, hilarious, and horrific tales never before heard on the podcast. Along with dating tips and inspirational quotes by renowned women, this book reminds readers that not all first dates are created equal and that every initial encounter has the possibility to become something long-lasting and wonderful.

available September 14, 2021