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How to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays Hardcover – June 27, 2017
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PRAISE FOR HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE
"A beautifully written and well-researched cultural criticism as well as an honest memoir."
—Los Angeles Review of Books
"Personal musings and reminiscences paired with solid research provide an interesting stroll through an abstract topic."
"Honest and well-researched, the book will teach readers plenty about love, science, and themselves. Perfect fodder for the romantic and the cynic in all of us."
Catron melds science and emotion beautifully into a thoughtful and thought-provoking meditation on the most universal topic.
“It’s hard to imagine a more timely endeavour. Clear-eyed and full of heart, How to Fall in Love With Anyone is mandatory reading for anyone coping with—or curious about—the challenges of contemporary courtship.”
“In our age of total romantic confusion, Mandy Len Catron is a voice of good sense, warm humor and consoling wisdom. Through the lens of her own relationships, she teaches us—with a deft, convincing intelligence—some of the vital moves in the art of love.”
—Alain de Botton, author of How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Course of Love
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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This is a memoir that sites a number of authors and studies that Catron turned to in her search for insight.
Having grown up in New England, but currently (and temporarily) living in the south, I can certainly attest that Catron’s view of love, at least before her insights, is a very southern view and I expect that southerners will better relate to this book, in general.
Since, at least at the time I am writing this, there is no “look inside” feature, here is the table of contents:
1 – The Exploded Star: the myth of the right person
2 – The Football Coach and The Cheerleader: what makes a good love story?
3 – Coal Miner’s Daughter: love in context
4 – Girl Meets Boy: following love’s script
5 – The Problem of Deservingness: our American obsession with Cinderella
6 – The Black Box: thoughts on the stories we don’t tell
7 – I’m Willing to Lie About How We Met: the tyranny of meeting cure
8 – Okay, Honey: bad advice from good people
9 – If You Can Fall in Love with Anyone, How Do You Choose?
10 – The Pleasures of Ordinary Devotion: to fall in love with anyone, do this
For readers who can relate to where Catron is coming from, either literally or figuratively, this book has something to offer.