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Stuck in the Passing Lane is the true story of a man using all the dating tools developed during his twenty-three-year marriage to conduct live experiments on his newly divorced, Baby Boomer heart. To avoid responding to the signals and attractions that produced Jed Ringel’s first marriage, he walls himself out of his interpersonal comfort zone, diving into relationships w ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2015 by About Face Press
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Review: STUCK IN THE PASSING LANE by Jed Ringel

Jed Ringel is hilarious. In a way, he's a Holden Caulfield for our Baby-Boomer culture. Surely there s nothing humorous about divorce (especially when children are involved) but Mr. Ringel' s recounting of his subsequent joys and tribulations as a "newly single" in the "where do I go from here" stages is vulnerable and touching--and yes, hilarious, because after all, despite all, he has survived the uproar.
Rob Slaven
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book free for review from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Despite the privilege of receiving a free book, I’m absolutely candid about it below because I believe authors and readers will benefit most from honest reviews rather than vacuous 5-star reviews.

I'll admit that when I received this book I looked at the cover and thought... ok... then I looked at the back and suddenly my expectations went straight into the cellar. This isn't really a book that's going to im
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Liquid Frost
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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This is an easy to read memoir that I sailed through, but it is also a book I’m not sure I needed to read. I received a paperback copy for review. Not to sound harsh – but after finishing the book I wondered why this guy needed to write a memoir. There are no lessons learned, no real clue into much of his life other than what one could glean from the bio and book description.

We are quickly introduces to Jed Ringel, a soon-to-be-divorced, balding, short man with daughters. He was a successful law
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Sojourner
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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An Ivy League drop-out, a failed sculptor, and a morally impoverished Wall Street lawyer? That immediately strikes me and I asked myself: What has he got to say? Stuck in the Passing Lane by Jed Ringel, to my utter surprise, is a complete memoir in every aspect, not leaving things to chance and no hiding behind silk curtains. Raw, open, honest and self-deprecating, it is an appealing and side-splittingly amusing story that I couldn't put down.

"Life since divorce has been a Groundhog Day of Road
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Derek Stone
May 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Reads like a beta male. He sounds short. I almost fell asleep reading this crap. Avoid unless you just want to hear some useless beta male whining through most of it. I feel sorry for the people in this book that had to meet him and listen to him whine. Can't stand losers like this. Glad I didn't buy this or else I would've gave it to my dog to piss on for potty training.
Lynne Spreen
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I read half the first night, and finished it the next morning. It was compelling. This is the portrait of a wealthy entrepreneur who, now fifty, is retired and suffering through the end of an unhappy marriage. He’s moved out and is unsure about his relationship with his teenage daughters. He drinks excessively, and basically uses online dating as an escort service. At the beginning of the book, I wondered how anybody could be s
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M.M. Strawberry Reviews
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I will admit when I first started this book, I was disliking the guy a bit. He is very well-off and has the money to pay for a very high-quality dating service, instead of using OkCupid. However, as the novel went on, I found myself liking the guy more and more. I felt bad for him when he spent all that money on these Russian women, it seems like they were using him and purposely keeping him at arms length just to get more from him. I was happy for him when he found relationships with other wome ...more
Betsy Fawcett
May 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Stuck in the Passing Lane by Jed Ringel is an interesting chronicle of Jed's experiences dating and redefining himself after his divorce wiht his wife. This honestly was not one of my favorite books. Ringel's narration can get long and drawn out at points.

But, I began to appreciate Ringel's narration at the end when I read the epilogue. Ringel describes his writing process and how he chose to narrate. After that, I realized that the book wasn't as bad as I thought. I think that maybe I should h
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Sheryl
I would like to thank Netgalley and Smith Publicity for the sending me a copy of this book to read and in lieu for my honest opion of this book.

I'll be honest, at first I wasn't sure what the point was. Who was the man and why did we care? Then I started reading it and it was hilarious, I loved the way the Jed Ringel's divorse of course wasn't funny but his quest to find someone to date was just too much. I hope other single middle-aged men haven't had to go through all this to find a date or at
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Kirsty
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads. Review to follow.
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In prior lives, Jed Ringel has been an Ivy League drop-out, a failed sculptor, a morally impoverished Wall Street lawyer (seeking salvation in chasing fallen dictators to repatriate what they stole), and the founder of an IT company the sale of which allowed him to retire. He’s also a long-time mentor to a child now aging out of the foster care system, and an avid cook, hiker and gardener who spli ...more
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