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How the World Makes Love: . . . And What It Taught a Jilted Groom Hardcover – March 17, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312340834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312340834
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here’s another provocatively titled book from the author of the unexpected hit Honeymoon with My Brother (2005). After he was ditched at the altar, the author decided to take his honeymoon anyway (hey, it was already paid for). He enlisted his brother, Kurt, to accompany him, and then he wrote a book about the experience. Now he’s written a follow-up, in which he and his brother visit various foreign countries— including Brazil, Egypt, India, and Botswana—and talk to people about love, romance, sex, and other related subjects. The book is all at once a travelogue, an exploration of the notion of love, and a story about a man who has somehow managed to turn a humiliating personal experience into a new kind of life. Wisner is a very funny writer when the situation calls for it, but he can also be tender, thoughtful, and wise. A must-read for fans of Honeymoon with My Brother, but the book works just fine as a stand-alone, too. --David Pitt

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"In 2005, the author was jilted at the altar and turned the experience into the memoir Honeymoon With My Brother.  In this follow-up, the bros decide to hit the road again, this time researching how countries around the world (including Nicaragua, New Zealand and India) value love.  This quirky and charming book not only gives you insight into the male mind but also makes you want to explore your own notions of what love means.”--Redbook

"Here’s another provocatively titled book from the author of the unexpected hit Honeymoon with My Brother (2005). After he was ditched at the altar, the author decided to take his honeymoon anyway (hey, it was already paid for). He enlisted his brother, Kurt, to accompany him, and then he wrote a book about the experience. Now he’s written a follow-up, in which he and his brother visit various foreign countries— including Brazil, Egypt, India, and Botswana—and talk to people about love, romance, sex, and other related subjects. The book is all at once a travelogue, an exploration of the notion of love, and a story about a man who has somehow managed to turn a humiliating personal experience into a new kind of life. Wisner is a very funny writer when the situation calls for it, but he can also be tender, thoughtful, and wise. A must-read for fans of Honeymoon with My Brother, but the book works just fine as a stand-alone, too." --Booklist

 


More About the Author

Franz Wisner has no idea what to label his profession. Writer? International travel addict? Profession dumpee?

He is the New York Times bestselling author of HONEYMOON WITH MY BROTHER, a memoir of the two-year, 53-country honeymoon he took with his younger brother Kurt after being left at the altar by his fiancee; and the recently released HOW THE WORLD MAKES LOVE, a look at dating, marriage, sex, and romance around the planet.

Franz and his honeymooning brother have appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, CNN, and Fox News, among others. He has also penned essays for NPR, Redbook, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and Coast Magazine.

Customer Reviews

A nice easy read.
Brusso
How do we find love and how do we define the love we are looking for and how do we define the love we have?
J. Raben
I highly recommend that you go out and read both of these books - they're light, fun and great!
Pamela S

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Pamela S on November 9, 2012
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I loved "Honeymoon With My Brother", so was eager to read Franz's sequel, "How the World Makes Love". I really enjoyed traveling the world with him as he explored how one's culture influences love, lives and relationship around the world. He offers unique, inspiring insight to how our own individual environment really does shape one's views on life. I particularly enjoy how he intertwines his own life experiences and openly discusses his own love life in a witty and endearing way.

This book was a perfect compliment to the next book on my book shelf... I just finished reading How to Have A Match Made in Heaven: A Transformational Approach to Dating, Relating, and Marriage by Ariel & Shya Kane. In a very different way than Franz, they too explore how the culture that you've grown up in influences your life and your well-being. They use real life stories (including video links) to give you the tools to have a magical life. I highly recommend that you go out and read both of these books - they're light, fun and great!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on September 7, 2009
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I wanted - badly - to like this book. I loved Honemymoon with my Brother and met the two of them during their promotional tour for it - great guys, great book, great story. I was excited about this book and I preordered it, unable to wait for it to arrive. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed it, it doesn't transcend average. First of all, it's more of a love story between Franz and his (now, new) wife. The travel that does happen is primarily interviews with random folks in different countries that results in Franz making generalizations about their lifestyles and attitudes toward love. (It seems to strive to be a sociological look at love in different cultures, but without being a systematic study with any scientific grounding behind it.) Essentially, it's a memoir about Franz finding love, set in a larger context of anecdotes about love world-wide, all chosen to complement his budding relationship.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Quang Pham on April 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Most authors never write a second book let a lone a potential second bestseller. Wisner broke the sophomoric blues and followed through with a gem. Nice guys do sometime win. Wisner had been jilted at the altar but somehow made the best of his situation and found happiness. He set out with his brother again to discover how the rest of the globe makes love. He's now married with a young son and became a better observer and writer. Go get this book, read it and share it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Raben on March 27, 2009
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I was not sure what to expect when i picked up Wisner's first book but then I could not put it down. An exceptional writing style. So I was excited to hear that he was coming out with a second. The new book, How The World Makes Love did not disappoint. It is a heart felt journey and one we can all relate even if we do not leave our hometown. How do we find love and how do we define the love we are looking for and how do we define the love we have? Wisner helps us get there. Wisner gives us a new perspective -- in fact many new perspectives from India to Africa to Eastern Europe to his own life. Kudos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Finch on September 15, 2009
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After thoroughly enjoying the lightness and self-deprecating humor of Franz Wisner's first book, "Honeymoon with my Brother," I was very excited when I was told he had a new one. We were fortunate attend a book signing at Powell's City of Books and have dinner with both Franz and Kurt Wisner. How much has changed since the first book.

This second book was a puzzler at first. I assumed we'd be catching everyone up if they missed the first book. OK, that's fine. But as he traveled, the news about love wasn't good. It wasn't that the writing wasn't good or enjoyable, I just wasn't liking the research results. I decided to trust Franz and keep going. It's not a long book, but my nighttime reading time is precious. I only want nice images before I go to sleep.

As I reached the middle of the book, it began to turn around, there was more his humor and a truly lovely, fun story revealed itself and got back to the hope and joy I had experienced in the first book. Perhaps I'm reading too much into it, but I'm VERY glad I stuck with the book. I knew the writing style would not let me down, but I wanted it happy.

Thanks, Franz! You did it again - you gave me another book to talk about and recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Schuler on March 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For everyone who read Honeymoon With My Brother, this is a must-read. It is more moving, more thoughtful, and even funnier than the first book. I loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elmwood Drive friend on April 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Far more than a travel book, but it is; far more than how people in countries around the world make love, but it is; far more than a book filled with humor, but it is. If you're a single mom without a partner, this may be a book for you. If you're thinking of dating a single mom, this is a book for you. If you just want a tender, funny, great read...and learn a little about several countries and how they think about love and choosing a spouse, this is THE book for you. Franz's voice is consistent throughout the book...and, for me, it's a very familiar voice, for in the interest of transparency, I must confess, I've known his parents for nearly forty years...and there's a little bit of each of them in this book.
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