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Product Details

  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415879272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415879279
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dr. Greif and Dr. Deal have given couples everywhere a fascinating and helpful look at how these friendships evolve, why they are often so meaningful, and when to look out for land mines. It's a terrific read on a subject that often goes unaddressed." - Jeffrey Zaslow, Wall Street Journal columnist and author of The Girls from Ames, coauthor of The Last Lecture

"Making and keeping couple friends leads to happier lives. This amazing book provides insight into friendships and how to make them an asset, not a liability, for couples. Important reading for couples as well as therapists." - Jon Carlson,  Governors State University, Illinois, USA

"With a pitch-perfect blend of scholarly research and wisdom, Drs. Greif and Deal have written the definitive guide to understanding and building satisfying couple friendships. Every couple and anyone even contemplating coupling should read this book." - Irene S. Levine, NYU School of Medicine, New York, USA and author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend

About the Author

Geoffrey L. Greif, DSW, LCSW-C is Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.  He is the author of books and articles related to family issues and men’s and women’s relationships.  A previous book of his, Buddy System: Understanding Male Friendships, was published in 2009. In 2010 he received the University of Maryland Board of Regents faculty award for teaching.

Kathleen Holtz Deal, PhD, LCSW is Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She is the author of articles and book chapters related to supervision and professional development. In 2011 she received the award as outstanding teacher at the University of Maryland Baltimore campus.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allan Hillman on February 13, 2012
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TWO PLUS TWO is the latest of nearly ten books by Dr. Geoffrey L. Greif---several of them, like this one, written with distinguished colleagues. Each has been a delight to read ( I have profited from all ). While each has provided useful grist for the scholar's mill, each also is written in a delightful style accessible to the general reader, of which I am one. The books are devoid of academic jargon and other mystifying elements.
Two by Two introduces the reader to a subject with which all couples have experience, but about the implications of which we probably rarely think: the profound importance of and benefit couples derive from friendships with other couples, and the effects of such relationships upon the partners and their marriages.
As with Dr. Greif's other works, the book explains clearly the methodology, the expectations, the results (anticipated and surprising), and the lessons for scholars, but principally the lessons for readers---- here for couples of all ages, races, etc.
The book is not long, and is an easy read. It uses stories of real couples (names changed)and their experiences, a format essential to its entertaining, reader-friendly mode.
I recommend it without reservation.
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