Thank you Library Journal for the kind words!


Why is it so hard to find a good man? Business journalist Birger sets aside popular dating advice and goes right to the numbers: supply and demand. Across most U.S. college campuses and cities, the pool of single, educated straight women is simply larger than that of their peer men. Nationwide, 33 percent more women than men in their twenties are college-educated, with women having attended college at increasingly higher rates for a generation. Birger argues that this disproportion enables campus hookup culture and discourages marriageable men from committing. He notes racial and cultural influences, including a dating advantage held by Asian women, and the state of marriage in Mormon and Orthodox Jewish communities, which both fit the gender imbalance but add unique complications. The author advises women seeking lasting relationships to consider relocating to male-heavy areas or dating across educational lines and suggests a long-term approach to balancing college enrollment by encouraging boys to delay starting school, to allow for developmental differences. He provocatively notes that a market inefficiency resulting from known causes is unsustainable, so future behavior trends will right the dating imbalance. VERDICT: Birger offers a compelling argument backed by plentiful data (including a chart of gender ratios of major U.S. universities and cities) though expressed in an intermittently glib style. Recommended, especially for singles and those who advise them. —JANET INGRAHAM, STATE LIBRARIAN OF OHIO, COLUMBUS