Genre: Women’s Biography, Memoir, Emotional Healing, Dating
No one walks into a relationship without the proper footing…
In a collection of original essays drawn from her open ended and inquisitive relationship column “Sex and the Chester,” Alyssa Velazquez explores a twenty-first century world dominated by proverbial singles, foreign and domestic affairs, and emotional recall relationships. In her intensely personal memoir of unscripted cute meets, dates that should have never happened, and affairs to forget Velazquez searches through her past for wisdom, perspective, and advice on the survival of a hopeless romantic. Following familiar scenarios through her never ending, often time predictable search for love in flats, sneakers, rain boots, and even a pair of Manolos her electric honesty makes us contemplate if maybe the key to the “mating ritual” is all in our shoes.
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Men and Manolos is a inspired, well written journey of a young woman’s take on romance. Alyssa is brutally honest, my favorite quality, as she takes us through the lessons she has learned maneuvering her way through the tough world of love. These collection of short essays are a quick read, but filled with witty, clever, humorous dialogue. Men can be harsh, discourteous and down right rude but Alyssa shows us how to learn and take from each experience. Women do all sorts of things to please and attract men, example – Manolos. Some are painful, some are rewarding but all in all they make us who we are.
If you are looking for a refreshing, honest book that is a quick read, seriously pick up Men and Manolos. I applaud Alyssa for baring all and offering us a rare perspective of a young woman with a head on her shoulders and fantastic shoes on her feet.
Living in New Jersey, Alyssa Velazquez currently works as a barista while daydreaming of mastering latte art. The product of liberal arts education, she has worked in D.C., Maryland, and Philadelphia as a conservation apprentice, production design intern, living history actor, and most recently a free-lance writer for The Women’s History Magazine and the Secretaries of Juliet Newsletter: Il Giornal de’Juilette.