Whatever...Love Is Love
Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves
Dey Street Books
On Sale: April 28, 2015
Hardcover / e-Book
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>The acclaimed actress and dedicated activist shares her
personal journey of discovery, and destroys outdated ideas
about partnership, love and family that will resonate with
anyone in an unconventional life situation.
and activist Maria Bello made waves with her essay, “Coming
Out as a Modern Family,” in the New York Times
popular “Modern Love” column, in which she recalled telling
her son that she had fallen in love with her best friend, a
woman—and her relief at his easy and immediate acceptance
with the phrase “Whatever Mom, love is love.” She made a
compelling argument about the fluidity of partnerships, and
how families today come in a myriad of designs.
first book, Bello broadens her insights as she examines the
idea of partnership in every woman’s life, and her own. She
examines the myths that so many of us believe about
partnership—that the partnership begins when the sex begins,
that partnerships are static, that you have to love yourself
before you can be loved, and turns them on their heads.
Bello explores how many different relationships—romantic,
platonic, spiritual, familial, educational—helped define her
life. She encourages women to realize that the only labels
we have are the ones we put on ourselves, and the best,
happiest partnerships are the ones that make your life
better, even if they don’t fit the mold of
Throughout this powerful and engaging read,
Bello shares intimate stories and lessons on how she has
come to discover her happiest self, accept who she is, and
live honestly and freely, and tells the stories of those who
came to her after her Times’ columns, grateful that
someone gave voice to their life choices.
Love is not a memoir about an actress. It is a frank,
raw, and honest book about the way every woman questions the
roles she plays in love, work, and life, filled with wisdom,
questions, and insights relevant to us all.
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