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How to Fall in Love with Anyone: Essays

How to Fall in Love with Anyone: Essays

Written by Mandy Len Catron

Narrated by Mandy Len Catron


How to Fall in Love with Anyone: Essays

Written by Mandy Len Catron

Narrated by Mandy Len Catron

ratings:
4/5 (62 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Released:
Jun 27, 2017
ISBN:
9781508239277
Format:
Audiobook

Editor's Note

True love…

In the day and age of Tinder and online dating, finding “true love” seems more elusive than ever. Part memoir, part scientific investigation into how love works, Mandy Catron has advice on love that both hopeless romantics and jaded cynics need to hear.

Description

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 to answer.

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 relationship.

In How to Fall in Love with Anyone Catron flips the script on love and offers a deeply personal, and universal, investigation.

A Simon & Schuster audio production.

Released:
Jun 27, 2017
ISBN:
9781508239277
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Originally from Appalachian Virginia, Mandy Len Catron now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The Walrus, and The Rumpus as well as literary journals and anthologies. She writes about love and love stories at The Love Story Project (TheLoveStoryProject.ca). She teaches English and creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Her article “To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This” was one of the most popular articles published by The New York Times in 2015. How to Fall in Love with Anyone is her first book. 

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  • In the day and age of Tinder and online dating, finding "true love" seems more elusive than ever. Part memoir, part scientific investigation into how love works, Mandy Catron has advice on love that both hopeless romantics and jaded cynics need to hear.

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  • Ah, true love. According to this author, it's just intense eye contact and a series of probing questions away. Who knows, maybe you can turn a Valentine's Day date into happily ever after with these essays.

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  • (5/5)
    Great book! Everyone should listen/read this, lt’s not quite about how to fall in love then how to love anyone( family, friends, your dog) :)
  • (4/5)
    Mandy is extremely articulate and insightful! Wow. It does not happen to me often where the author makes a deep statement and I have to pause and reflect to make sure I digested and understood it. She makes some incredible points about an array of topics!

    I wish I didn’t feel like I was waiting for the “how to fall in love with anyone” question to be answered the whole entire book only to realize that it was about the 36 questions. The let down was due to the fact that I already know all about them and have done it serve all times. I feel like the common thread and theme could have been stronger BUT this is the nature of a collection of essays right?

    The middle dragged on a bit, BUT, the first part and ending parts had me captivated!


    Overall glad I read.
  • (5/5)
    I loved these essays. I think it’s important to read about all types of invisible struggles to break stigma.
  • (4/5)
    OKAYY. Not so eh like I originally had felt. Granted it took me quite some time to listen to this (it was my in between listen for when I'd be driving alone, or walking around campus), but it really was fantastic towards the end. I think I had a slightly harder time really getting into the memoir BECAUSE it's a memoir, but the hope I had in this continued because I knew she'd really say something to hold my heart in her stories, and she did. I love that she addresses the social scripts of love, and overall, I really did enjoy this.

    I continue to think that one of my favorite quotes that comes from this is "Choose someone who makes you better" and to add to that, it's to continue to choose them each time, even when they don't always choose you back as a form of vulnerability. LIKE !! I needed to hear some of this so much, and I continue to stay thankful.