Says Wallach, “My oddball background—from Texas to Princeton to New York, Baptist to Jewish—gives me an original perspective on both the dating scene and spirituality. As a journalist/essayist, I’ve already written several articles and posts about my journeys and experiences, so I thought, why not pull existing and fresh material into a book?
You don’t have to be Jewish or even single to appreciate my stories, which aim to amuse, but also to tap into something universal about the search for faith and love.” Van Wallach is a writer in Connecticut.
You just can’t help but root for the underdog, and secretly, see some part of yourself in every line.” —Monica Day, Founder, The Sensual Life; Host, “Essensuality: An Evening of Erotic Expression,” and Creator, “The Essensual Experience: A Journey of Authentic Sensual Expression” tracks the progress of the author’s jolting changes in belief as he enters the world of dating pre- and post-Internet.
Van Wallach is the product of a small-town Texas upbringing, a Princeton education and years of New York City and posh Connecticut living.
To meet the special challenges of online dating, he took a marketer’s approach to packaging his unique background into a memorable screen name and profile.
His book explores the highs and heartbreaks of dating the “smart, vulnerable and shtetl-lovely” Jewish women he met and adored after he left Texas.
As he follows his muse far afield, he analyzes Jewish body image (his and hers), calculates ROEI (Return on Emotional Investment), identifies the sexiest Jewish movies (hint: his three favorites all have subtitles), engages in edgy encounters with “the competition” in the quest for a fair maidele’s hand, and contemplates the role of Jewish faith in times of difficulties.
I found a paid death notice in a newspaper from several years back, saying she succumbed to diabetes and breast cancer. Adina and I had a tumultuous relationship, thanks to our wildly different social backgrounds and degrees of sophistication: suburban Long Island versus small-town Texas, intense Jewish education versus no Jewish education.Maybe nothing, but I like to think we would have stayed connected this time as friends with common interests in Judaism, journalism, travels to Latin America and, well, life.I had changed since we dated—becoming more at ease with myself, more Jewishly literate, comfortable in groups.Libraries can also purchase books through Follett Library Resources or Midwest Library Services.Keep reading for an excerpt: Recently I heard about the death of a woman I once knew named Adina.
His travels have included Australia, New Zealand, the USSR, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Cuba, El Salvador, Brazil, Israel and the usual parts of Europe. is available in 5×8 paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.com, uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, and Amazon Japan.