How to Fall in Love with Anyone

Mandy Len Catron

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A deeply personal investigation into the meaning of love, from the author of the popular New York Times essay 'To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This'

Why does love last? Does love ever work the way it does in films, books and social media? Or does our obsessing over love stories harm real relationships? These were questions Mandy Len Catron set out to answer when her parents' 28-year marriage and her own 10-year relationship finished almost concurrently.

In a series of candid, charming and wise essays, she explores what it means to love someone, be loved, and how we present our love to the world. She deconstructs her own personal canon of love stories, going back to when her grandparents first met in a coal mining town, and also her own dating life as a professor in Vancouver, drawing insights from her fascinating research into the 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. And she tells the story of how she decided to test a psychology experiment - where the objective was to create intimacy between strangers using a list of thirty-six questions - and ended up having millions of people following her brand-new relationship.

'Personal musings and reminiscences paired with solid research provide an interesting stroll through an abstract topic.' --Kirkus Reviews

'In our age of total romantic confusion, Mandy Len Catron is a voice of good sense, warm humor and consoling wisdom. Through the lens of her own relationships, she teaches us--with a deft, convincing intelligence--some of the vital moves in the art of love.' --Alain de Botton, author of How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Course of Love

'This book is a well-written and down-to-earth exploration of love and it should help people navigate their own paths in relationships.' --Natalie Salvo, AU Review

'A beautifully written and well-researched cultural criticism as well as an honest memoir.' --Los Angeles Review of Books

'Personal musings and reminiscences paired with solid research provide an interesting stroll through an abstract topic.' --Kirkus Reviews

'Honest and well-researched, the book will teach readers plenty about love, science, and themselves. Perfect fodder for the romantic and the cynic in all of us.' --Booklist

'Catron melds science and emotion beautifully into a thoughtful and thought-provoking meditation on the most universal topic.' --Bookpage

'It's hard to imagine a more timely endeavour. Clear-eyed and full of heart, How to Fall in Love With Anyone is mandatory reading for anyone coping with--or curious about--the challenges of contemporary courtship.' --Toronto Star

ISBN: 9781863959971
Publication Date: 01-Feb-2018
Publisher: Schwartz Publishing Pty, Limited