How to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays

How to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays

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What really makes love last? Does love ever work the way we say it does in movies and books and Facebook posts? Or does obsessing over those love stories hurt our real-life relationships? When her parents divorced after a twenty-eight year marriage and her own ten-year relationship ended, those were the questions that Mandy Len Catron wanted to answer.

In a series of candid, vulnerable, and wise essays that takes a closer look at what it means to love someone, be loved, and how we present our love to the world, She delves back to 1944, when her grandparents met in a coal mining town in Appalachia, to her own dating life as a professor in Vancouver. She uses biologists’ research into dopamine triggers to ask whether the need to love is an innate human drive. She uses literary theory to show why we prefer certain kinds of love stories. She urges us to question the unwritten scripts we follow in relationships and looks into where those scripts come from. And she tells the story of how she decided to test an experiment that she’d read about - where the goal was to create intimacy between strangers using a list of thirty-six questions - and ended up in the surreal situation of having millions of people following her brand-new relationship.

ISBN: 9781501137457

Published Date: June 26, 2018

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

Page Count: 238

Size: 8.37" l x 5.45" w x 0.63" h