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Pamela Haag has written the generational "big book" on modern marriage, a mesmerizing, sometimes salacious look at the semi-happy ambivalence lurking just below the surface of many marriages today. The spouses may rarely fight—they may maintain a sincere affection for each other—but one or both may harbor a melancholy sense that something important is missing.
Remarkably, this side of the marriage story hasn't been told or analyzed—until now.
Meticulously researched and injected with insightful firsthand accounts and welcome doses of humor, Marriage Confidential articulates for a generation that grew up believing they would "have it all" why they have ended up disenchanted. Haag introduces us to contemporary marriages where spouses act more like life partners than lovers; children occupy an uncontested position at the center of the marital relationship; and even the romantic staples of sexual fidelity and passion are assailed from all sides—so much so that spouses can end up having affairs online almost by accident.
Blending tales from the front lines of matrimony with cultural history, surveys, and research covert-ops (such as joining an online affair-finding site and posting a personal ad in the New York Review of Books), Haag paints a detailed picture of the state of marriage today. And to show what's possible as well as what's melancholy in our post-romantic age, Haag seeks out marriages with a twist—rebels who are quietly brainstorming and evolving the scripts around career, money, social life, child rearing, and sex.
Provocative but sympathetic, forward-thinking and bold, here, at last, is a manifesto for living large in marriage.
An informative look on marriage today. Who knew marriage took so many forms and different dynamics. Not today's pushers of "traditional" marriage.Published 3 months ago by A Book A Day...
I almost didn't but this book because of the complaint about language. Pretentious and inefficient language annoys me to no end. Read morePublished 8 months ago by TW
Fascinating book that highlights the changing face of marriage in the 21st century. Ms. Haag is an excellent writer and she tackles this topic with candor and objectivity. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Terry Gaspard
I borrowed this book from the library and read it on my Kindle. Well, I won't lie -- I haven't finished the book. I hate it too much to keep on reading. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sofia
Marriage Confidential by Pamela Haag, a Goodreads First Read free giveaway book won on May 12th, received on May 20th, but that I didn't start reading until July 14th. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kristine Fisher
My favorite part of reading this book was finishing it. This is not the book to read if you want to be encouraged or improve your marriage. Read morePublished 19 months ago by dgrec
I liked the idea of this book, but then I started reading it. I'm not sure who her audience was, but if I were Ms. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mom of 2...Going on 3
I was so excited to receive this book. I have read many good reviews (and a few bad) so I thought it was going to be a good read. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by J. Williams
Marriage Confidential reads as a long opinion piece. It was quite dry in spots and it wasn't what I would call cohesive. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Jennifer Hartling