For Better by Tara Parker-Pope
How the Surprising Science of Happy Couples Can Help Your Marriage Succeed

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One of the New York Times' most popular journalists presents groundbreaking scientific news about marriage. And, surprise: It's good news.

We've all heard the statistic: Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce. It's enough to make many couples give up when the going gets rough, thinking that's what everybody else does. But what if it weren't true? What if, in fact, it's not only possible but often easier than you think to save a seemingly troubled relationship? These are the questions Tara Parker-Pope asked herself after her own divorce. An investigative journalist on the health and wellness beat, she turned to some of the top biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and other scientists for the facts about marriage and divorce.

Those facts were more positive and provocative than she'd ever expected, and For Better offers page after page of astonishing, eye-opening good news. Parker-Pope presents the science behind why some marriages work and others don't; the biology behind why some spouses cheat and others remain faithful; the best diagnostic tools created by the most cutting-edge psychologists to assess the probability of success in getting married, staying married, or remarrying. There are questionnaires to uncover potentially damaging hidden attitudes toward spouses. There are tools to show the impact of routine, fresh activity and how small adjustments can make a huge difference. Tara Parker- Pope's genius is for exploring the science behind the big issues that affect our lives every day and translating that science into advice that we can use-every day.

For Better is the definitive guide to the most profound relationship of our lives.


About Tara Parker-Pope

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TARA PARKER-POPE, who writes the “Well” blog for The New York Times, is one of the newspaper's most popular and most e-mailed journalists. She appears regularly on radio and television, including Today, Good Morning America, and CNN. Parker-Pope lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Published May 6, 2010 by Plume. 368 pages
Genres: Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Romance. Non-fiction

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Tara Parker-Pope's new book, For Better, offers a scientific perspective on maintaining a good relationship post-nuptials. While reviewer Susan Jane Gilman says Parker-Pope gives an interesting look on the science behind couple dynamics, much of the information comes from a story we've all heard ...

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The Washington Post

Given the evidence, it's reasonable for any couple beginning a marriage or struggling to keep one together to ask, 'Are we really meant to spend our life with just one person?' " She begins this discussion with lobsters.

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The Daily Beast

If you're in a male same-sex marriage, it's 50 percent more likely to end in divorce than a heterosexual marriage.

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Deseret News

Those tend to be things that lead to her warming up to him when it comes to sex," says Neil Chethik, author of "VoiceMale: What Husbands Really Think About Their Marriages, Their Wives, Sex, Housework, and Commitment," who surveyed 300 American husbands.

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Parker-Pope, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, became interested in the science of marriage when her own marriage of seventeen years ended in divorce.

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Though now divorced, Parker-Pope is a strong proponent of marriage and offers evidence that couples in stable relationships are healthier and wealthier and have more sex than the unmarried.

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