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Needham native Orenstein to discuss book

The Needham Free Public Library will host author and Needham native Hannah Orenstein, who will be discussing her new book, "Playing with Matches," and the evolution of dating in the age of online matchmaking services, on Sunday, February 10, at 2:00 p.m., in the Community Room. The presentation will be moderated by Meredith Goldstein, a reporter for the Boston Globe and columnist for the Love Letters column on

“Playing with Matches” tells the story of Sasha Goldberg, a recent graduate of NYU’s journalism school, who, thanks to a family secret, becomes a matchmaker for New York’s high society. But Sasha’s own personal life soon takes a dramatic turn for the worse, and becomes intertwined with her professional life. “Playing with Matches” has received accolades from Refinery 29, Bustle and PopSugar, and is enriched by Hannah’s firsthand knowledge of the modern matchmaking industry.

Hannah Orenstein is the dating editor at Elite Daily, and previously served as the assistant features editor at At the age of 21, she became the youngest matchmaker at a top dating service. Hannah has also written for the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Refinery29, BuzzFeed and Bustle.

Meredith Goldstein is an advice columnist and entertainment reporter for the Boston Globe. Her Love Letters advice column has been featured on since 2009, and she has written several books, including her memoir, “Can’t Help Myself: Lessons and Confessions From a Modern Advice Columnist,” along with her novels, “Chemistry Lessons” and “The Singles.” Meredith has been interviewed by, and written for, the Washington Post, Bustle, Elite Daily, Apartment Therapy, Shondaland and Real Simple.

Books will be for purchase, courtesy of Wellesley Books.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Public Library. For further information, call the Library at (781-455-7559).

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