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Much Ado About Loving: What Our Favorite Novels Can Teach You About Date Expectations, Not So-Great Gatsbys, and Love in the Time of Internet Personals Hardcover – January 3, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451621248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451621242
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As I've been told on more than one occasion, my expectation that a courtship will mimic a Victorian novel's plot might lean toward the unrealistic. But when seeking advice to bolster [my] love life...I shy away from current romantic self-help books... Enter Much Ado About Loving, in which dating blogger Maura Kelly and sex columnist Jack Murnigan comb classic literature for love lessons." --Elle

"A treat for any book lover, happily mated or cheerfully single." --USA Today

"A clever, amusing hybrid of lit crit and relationship advice." --Publisher's Weekly

"Like a Cliff Notes for the lovelorn, as told by two authors who've 'been there.' Much Ado is as sage as it is funny. " --Lucinda Rosenfeld, "Friend or Foe" columnist at Slate and author of the novels, I'm So Happy for You and The Pretty One

"I’ll take my advice from Toni Morrison over Suzanne Somers any day, even if it doesn’t come in bullet-point format, with a weight-loss chart. Wisdom rarely does. [Much Ado About Loving] is a clever mash-up of dating advice and literary discussion, with the authors alternating chapters and subjects...That’s probably the first time Virgil has been used for romantic advice, at least in this century - and that alone is an achievement. " --The New York Daily News


"I find reading novels to be more entertaining than reading advice columns, so why not combine the two? Dear Jane instead of Dear Abby." --Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

"In Much Ado About Loving: What Our Favorite Novels Can Teach You About Date Expectations, Not-So-Great Gatsbys and Love in the Time of Internet Personals, authors Kelly and Murnighan demonstrate that most literary classics contain great lessons about romance that are still relevant today... The authors take a magnifying glass to some of literature’s great and not-so-great hookups, injecting some of their own dating triumphs and faux pas, both relatable and comical." --The New Jersey Monthly

" Much Ado About Loving… plumb[s] great literature for relationship advice."
New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Jack Murnighan has a Ph.D. in medieval and renaissance literature from Duke University. His book, Beowulf on the Beach helped tens of thousands of readers rediscover their love of the classics. His two previous books, The Naughty Bits and Classic Nasty, were critically acclaimed tours of sexuality in the history of literature. He lives in New York City.

Maura Kelly has been a staff writer for Glamour, a daily dating blogger for Marie Claire, and a relationships columnist for amNew York. Her work has appeared in publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, More, The Boston Globe, and Rolling Stone. She received her BA in psychology from Dartmouth College and her MFA in creative writing. She lives in New York City.

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Quite good - I'm really enjoying reading this.
Lakeview Girl
It also created a new reading list for me as I want to rediscover the books mentioned in Much Ado About Loving.
Deirdre
Maura Kelly and Jack Murnighan are funny and insightful.
Domenica Ruta

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A reader on January 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was a little skeptical at first, but was won over by both authors' knowledge of literature and the human heart. Humorous, self-effacing, and smart; you couldn't ask for a better guide to the classics and to romance. I'd recommend this for anyone who likes love stories, in particular.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kim Adams on February 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I can live without money, but I cannot live without love. - Judy Garland

I am an unapologetic reader of romance books. I often skim the pro-romance blogs when they counter attack the criticism that romance has no literary value. I skim to keep abreast of what is being said but then I move on as I don't care what anyone thinks of my reading material. I read for escapism.

I requested to review MUCH ADO ABOUT LOVING because of its reference to "literary classics" that can teach us about love, romance, and relationships. This book is designated for someone in the dating scene. But I still enjoyed reading it because the "literary classics" give the same message as "trashy" romances - there is much ado about loving. I believe it will be useful for my teens as they come of age in romance.

Likewise, MUCH ADO ABOUT LOVING gave me a few chuckles and tender moments. Recommended read for those who enjoy books about literature, lifestyle, and even pop culture.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holden Caulfield on June 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Reading this book is like listening in on a conversation between two smart, irreverent friends who are very familiar with all of the books we were supposed to have read in college. No heavy lit theory, just a lot of quirky ideas that will make you to sound witty at a cocktail party (if you repeat them as your own!). The dating advice is solid, too; but the real strength is how the authors commiserate with your relationship woes, both by recounting their own romantic disasters and by showing how these same issues have affected the great writers of the past. It may not fix your romantic life, but you'll feel better after reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Domenica Ruta on May 14, 2013
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Maura Kelly and Jack Murnighan are funny and insightful. I was surprised by how much romantic angst this lovely book eased!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deirdre on January 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a happily married person, I was not sure what I was going to get out of this book. However, what I got was insight into relationships, both romantic and other types (friends, etc.). It also created a new reading list for me as I want to rediscover the books mentioned in Much Ado About Loving. Finally, in this world of not having enough time, each chapter stands on its own as a good read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Basia on January 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Stands out in a field of rather dreary dating advice manuals. Turns out our modern foibles in love are actually classics after all. Heavy issues, light touch.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Steiner on January 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Much Ado" skillfully mines a collection of classics to provide you with romantic insights that are wise and funny. And you are re-introduced to some great books in the process. A job well done.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marie Ternes on January 4, 2012
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What a delightful read. I think anyone who loves literature and is intrigued by relationships and romance will thoroughly enjoy this book.
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