Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion

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Daniel Jones
Crown Publishing Group, 2007 - Literary Collections - 373 pages
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50 Irresistible True Accounts of Love in the Twenty-first Century.

A young woman wryly describes a relationship that races from start to finish almost entirely via text messages.

A Casanova is jilted after an idyllic three weeks and learns the hard way that the woman is, well, just not that into him.

An overweight woman in a sexless marriage wrestles with the rules of desire.

A young man recounts the high-wire act of sharing the woman he loves with both her husband and another boyfriend.

A female sergeant in the Missouri National Guard, fresh from Iraq, tells what she is not supposed to tell about the woman she is not allowed to love.

These are just a few of the people whose stories are included in Modern Love, a collection of the fifty most revealing, funny, stirring essays from the New York Times’s popular “Modern Love” column. Editor Daniel Jones has arranged these tales to capture the ebb and flow of relationships, from seeking love and tying the knot to having children and finding love that endures. (Cynics and melancholics can skip right to the section on splitting up.) Taken together, these essays show through a modern lens how love drives, haunts, and enriches us.

For anyone who’s loved, lost, stalked an ex, or made a lasting connection, and for the voyeur in all of us, Modern Love is the perfect match.

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User Review  - dramady - LibraryThing

I had already read most of these columns in their original form, so the book didn't offer me anything new. Favorites include: "I Was Plucky and Game, Even to Myself", the one about the pregnant woman ... Read full review

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User Review  - bookwormteri - LibraryThing

This was less like reading essays and more like peeking into people's very well written diary entries. Compelling, humorous, and heartbreaking all in one read. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

DANIEL JONES edits the weekly “Modern Love” column in the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times. He is also the editor of The Bastard on the Couch and the author of After Lucy. He lives with his family in Massachusetts.

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