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  • Books by Former Bachelors and Bachelorettes

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    When we looked into where The Bachelor couples are now, we were surprised to see so many authors from the bunch. And while some of the past contestants from the Bachelor franchise have gone the expected route - writing about their personal experiences on the show - others penned books from surprising genres. There's something for everyone here, from a historical novel to children's fiction to a date-night cookbook. And stay tuned for another bachelor book on the horizon. The very first bachelorette and one of the few success stories, Trista Sutter, signed on last month to write a book called Happily Ever After: The Life Changing Power of a Grateful Heart. The book about love, family, and happiness will be released next year, as her and her hubby, Ryan Sutter - who she picked on her season of the show - celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary. Check out some of the other books by former bachelors and bachelorettes now!


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  • Summer Romance Movies to Stream on Netflix

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    Ah, Summer love. It seems the hotter the season, the steamier the romance. There are all kinds of Summer-set romances, and most of us have experienced one kind or another. It could be a coming-of-age Summer camp crush, a hot and heavy vacation fling, a forbidden post-college relationship, or a breezy beachside hookup. Many of these Summer romances have also been portrayed on screen in films and are available to watch whenever you want to relive the thrill of Summer love. If you're looking to cool off at home with a movie about these seasonal relationships - which sometimes last past the sunny days of Summer - then check out these films available on Netflix streaming.

    • Beach Party: Teen couple Dee Dee and Frankie spend their Summer vacation having fun in the sun in the '60s musical comedy Beach Party. But things go awry when an anthropologist and a biker attempt to kidnap Dee Dee.
    • 9 1/2 Weeks: The 1986 erotic drama 9 1/2
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  • Surprising Confessions from Rielle Hunter's Memoir About Edwards Affair

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    After John Edwards was recently acquitted on violating campaign finance rules and having five more criminal counts dropped, his mistress and baby mama, Rielle Hunter, shares her side of the story about her infamous affair with the former presidential candidate in her memoir out June 26. In the book, titled What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me, Rielle makes some surprising confessions about her relationship with "Johnny" and her feelings toward his late wife, Elizabeth, who was dying of cancer at the time of the affair. If you're intrigued by the tell-all but aren't sure you'll actually read it, here are some of the juicy tidbits from Rielle Hunter's memoir:

    • John didn't come clean about his other affairs to Rielle until 2011, which included at least two other women as far back as 20 years ago.
    • John actually lied to her about having more mistresses than he actually had to keep her
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  • How to Give Your Wedding Personality

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    Planning a wedding these days can be overwhelming, with more resources than you know what to do with at your fingertips. And if you're busy pulling ideas from Pinterest, wedding blogs, and bridal mags, then it can be easy to leave out the most important element of your big day: making it about you and your partner. I recently spoke with celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss about ways add some personality to your big day, and she shared a bit of her expert advice on how to make your wedding unmistakeably "you."

    Mindy, who's worked with stars like Ellen DeGeneres and Nicole Richie, said it's incredibly important that guests know whose wedding they're at. When infusing you and your partner's personality into the wedding, ask yourself: what is something about the two of you that people would recognize as soon as they walk into the room - that would make them go, "Oh, this is definitely fill-in-the-blank's wedding"? Here are some more ideas to

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  • 5 Perks of Dating a Geek

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    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg married longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan last night in a surprise ceremony in his backyard. Priscilla, who just finished med school last week, has been dating Mark for almost a decade, after they met at Harvard. The Social Network makes the case that computer nerd Mark created Facebook to help him get chicks. But if all women knew that dating a technology lover comes with so many perks, they wouldn't need to be convinced. And in reality, Mark and Priscilla have been together since before he released "The Facebook." Here are five reasons to seek out a geeky guy.

    1. They're genuine: There's a good chance a geek has spent more time playing video games than practicing his game. And if he's used to being the dating underdog, he'll likely appreciate having you in his life.
    2. They set up your electronics: Can't get your WiFi to work? Dream of an awesome entertainment setup but frightened by cords? Find a guy that
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  • A History of Shacking Up in America

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    "He's using you for practice," Peggy Olson's Catholic mother warns this week on Mad Men. Mrs. Olson isn't too pleased that her working-girl daughter has decided to "live in sin," as the elder Olson describes it, with her boyfriend Abe. Modern American women with traditional parents may find the disapproval over moving in together familiar, but compared to the 1960s, society in general has become much more accepting of cohabitation.

    In 1960, only 439,000 American couples lived together without a ring. After the sexual revolution of the '60s it only rose to 523,000 in 1970. Yet by 1980 the figure tripled to 1.5 million couples, according to the census. Today, 7.5 million unmarried American couples live together. Those very different figures give context as to why someone like Joan would call Peggy "brave," but also consider that before 1970, cohabitation was technically illegal. Today, Mississippi, Virginia, Florida, and Michigan still have

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  • Engagement Dos and Don'ts from the Five-Year Engagement

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    This weekend The Five-Year Engagement hits theaters, and you don't have to be engaged to relate to the relationship ups and downs Tom and Violet (played by Jason Segel and Emily Blunt) go through over the course of the film as they struggle to make it to the altar. But if you are taking part in this wedding season either as one half of a betrothed couple, as a bridesmaid, or as a family member to a bride-to-be, there are some tips to glean from the rom-com. Check out these proposal and engagement dos and don'ts from The Five-Year Engagement now! (Warning: spoilers ahead!)

    • Do be sentimental and thoughtful.: When Tom proposes to Violet he makes it really personal by incorporating special moments between the two of them and details he remembered her talking about. He proposed on New Year's Eve, exactly a year after they met. And he got her an antique ruby engagement ring since he knew how upset blood diamonds make her.
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  • How to Help Your Guy Through Family Drama

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    When your other half is struggling with family issues, it can be tricky to find your place. You want to help without being intrusive, you want to console without making him uncomfortable - so what are the boundaries? Every relationship is different, of course, but here are a few tips on how to offer support without crossing a line:

    • Open the lines of communication. It may seem like a no-brainer, but the quickest way to offer your support is to ask what he needs from you. Find out whether he wants to talk or ignore the issue, then respect his needs. If he says that he needs a bit of space, step back for a little while and wait until he comes to you.
    • Know your boundaries. Even if your partner regularly complains about the same family member or the same messy relationship, it's simply not your place to echo those sentiments. Chances are he's already feeling extra sensitive, so he may not respond well to your unsolicited
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  • My So-Called Love Life: Angela Chase on Sex and Dating

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    Today Claire Danes turns 33! While the birthday girl is all grown up these days as the star of Homeland and wife to hot actor Hugh Dancy, we will always remember Claire as the angsty teen heroine of My So-Called Life, Angela Chase. As one of our favorite '90s starlets, Claire's portrayal of Angela gave us someone we could relate to growing up. She went through the same friend dramas, family conflict, and, of, course, young love ups and downs we faced in those terrible in-between years of high school. So in honor of Claire's birthday, we've got the best love, sex, and dating musings from Angela on My So-Called Life.

    • Rayanne: "You wanna have sex with him." Angela: "Who?" Rayanne: "Who? Jordan. Catalano. Come on, I'm not gonna tell anyone, just admit it." Angela: "I just like how he's always leaning. Against stuff. He leans great. Well, either sex or a conversation. Ideally both."
    • "Love is when you look into someone's
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  • From Chaperones to Proposals: The Evolution of TV Dating

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    The Bachelor
    and The Bachelorette may fill our dating show quota these days, but there's a long history of TV shows about the crazy world of dating. Whether you loved watching reruns of the Love Connection or you still wish Jenny McCarthy was hosting Singled Out, click through to check out how the wonderful world of TV dating shows has evolved from game shows to reality TV over the last 40-plus years!

    • The Dating Game (1965-1973): The first TV show of its kind, The Dating Game brought a whole new inventive strategy to the tube. One lucky single girl would be given a choice of three bachelors who she could not see but would talk with. After asking them a series of questions, she'd pick the guy she'd like to go out on a date with. Some famous celebs like Michael Jackson and Arnold Schwarzenegger even made appearances on the show! But have no fear, all of the dates were chaperoned so there was no funny business.
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