A Memoir in Essays
On Sale: June 27, 2017
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An insightful, charming, and absolutely fascinating memoir
from the author of the popular New York Times essay, “To
Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This,” (one of the top five
most popular New York Times pieces of 2015) explores the
romantic myths we create and explains how they limit our
ability to achieve and sustain intimacy.
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
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, Catron
deconstructs her own personal canon of love stories. She
delves all the way back to 1944, when her grandparents first
met in a coal mining town in Appalachia, to her own dating
life as a professor in Vancouver, drawing insights from her
fascinating research into the universal psychology, biology,
history, and literature of love. 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
in the first place.
And she tells the story of how she decided to test a
psychology 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
In How to Fall in Love with Anyone Catron flips the script
on love and offers a deeply personal, and universal,
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