A Book About Love by Jonah Lehrer

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5 Critic Reviews

While the book adequately covers a good deal of research and systematically examines the rewards and challenges of intimacy, it doesn’t make love sound like a whole lot of fun.
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Synopsis

“Jonah Lehrer has a lot to offer the world….The book is interesting on nearly every page….Good writers make writing look easy, but what people like Lehrer do is not easy at all.” —David Brooks, The New York Times Book Review

Science writer Jonah Lehrer explores the mysterious subject of love.

Weaving together scientific studies from clinical psychologists, longitudinal studies of health and happiness, historical accounts and literary depictions, child-rearing manuals, and the language of online dating sites, Jonah Lehrer’s A Book About Love plumbs the most mysterious, most formative, most important impulse governing our lives.

Love confuses and compels us—and it can destroy and define us. It has inspired our greatest poetry, defined our societies and our beliefs, and governs our biology. From the way infants attach to their parents, to the way we fall in love with another person, to the way some find a love for God or their pets, to the way we remember and mourn love after it ends, this book focuses on research that attempts, even in glancing ways, to deal with the long-term and the everyday. The most dangerous myth of love is that it’s easy, that we fall into the feeling and then the feeling takes care of itself. While we can easily measure the dopamine that causes the initial feelings of “falling” in love, the partnerships and devotions that last decades or longer remain a mystery. This book is about that mystery. Love, Lehrer argues, is not built solely on overwhelming passion, but, fascinatingly, on a set of skills to be cultivated over a lifetime.
 

About Jonah Lehrer

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Jonah Lehrer is a Contributing Editor at Wired and a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. He writes the Head Case column for The Wall Street Journal and regularly appears on WNYC's Radiolab. His writing has also appeared in Nature, The New York Times Magazine, Scientific American and Outside. He's the author of two previous books, Proust Was A Neuroscientist and How We Decide. He graduated from Columbia University and attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.
 
Published July 12, 2016 by Simon & Schuster. 305 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Romance, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on May 04 2016

While the book adequately covers a good deal of research and systematically examines the rewards and challenges of intimacy, it doesn’t make love sound like a whole lot of fun.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by David Brooks on Jul 12 2016

He’s had his public humiliation, and from the evidence of this book a chastened Jonah Lehrer has a lot to offer the world. The book is interesting on nearly every page. He mixes a wide range of reference, both scientific and literary, in a way that is sometimes familiar but sometimes surprising and illuminating.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Jennifer Senior on Jul 06 2016

He languished in the public stockade for weeks for his sins. Why wouldn’t he try something personal, something soulful, something new? No clue. But he didn’t. His book is insolently unoriginal.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by NATHAN DEUEL on Jul 14 2016

As much as I enjoyed reading this exploration of love and loss, it was ultimately both too humble and too defensive. It doesn’t quite give us enough reason to offer Lehrer the warm embrace his test subjects sought.

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Globe and Mail

Below average
Reviewed by Eric Andrew-Gee on Jul 15 2016

Alas, sentence-by-sentence flair cannot redeem what is ultimately a facile exercise. The fatal problem with the book is that it attempts to pigeonhole love. Trouble is, love won’t fit.

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