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An insightful, charming, and absolutely fascinating memoir from the author of the popular New York Times essay "To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This" (one of the top five most popular New York Times pieces of 2015) explores the romantic myths we create and explains how they limit our ability to achieve and sustain intimacy.

What really makes love last? Does love ever work the way we say it does in movies and books and Facebook posts? Or does obsessing over those love stories hurt our real-life relationships? When her parents divorced after a 28-year marriage and her own 10-year relationship ended, those were the questions that Mandy Len Catron wanted to answer.

In a series of candid, vulnerable, and wise essays that takes a closer look at what it means to love someone and be loved and how we present our love to the world, Catron deconstructs her own personal canon of love stories. She delves all the way back to 1944, when her grandparents first met in a coal mining town in Appalachia, to her own dating life as a professor in Vancouver, drawing insights from her fascinating research into the universal psychology, biology, history, and literature of love. She uses biologists' research into dopamine triggers to ask whether the need to love is an innate human drive. She uses literary theory to show why we prefer certain kinds of love stories. She urges us to question the unwritten scripts we follow in relationships and looks into where those scripts come from in the first place. And she tells the story of how she decided to test a psychology experiment that she'd read about - where the goal was to create intimacy between strangers using a list of 36 questions - and ended up in the surreal situation of having millions of people following her brand-new relationship.

In How to Fall in Love with Anyone, Catron flips the script on love and offers a deeply personal and universal investigation.

©2017 Mandy Len Catron. All rights reserved (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Wow, it seems more possible.

After age 60, a divorce, building a life of my own, learning to love myself, and spending more of my life as a single.....it seems possible to love another and be true to your self. And remain kind to all. Thank you for writing about falling in love with hopes of it lasting if not forever then as long as possible.

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Thoughtful, entertaining love story reflections

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is an interesting take on love stories: how pervasive they are, why they're beautiful and why they're problematic. It is not a book on how to fall in love with anyone (i.e. it's not a self help or self development book). It is also a lovely family biography.

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For the most part, frustrating and exhausting

To fall in love with anyone...Don't read this. Author's narrating didn't help. Struggled to finish.

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Fast forward to the last 10 minutes

If you fast forward the the actual method it’s a good book. The rest is a story about this chicks life.
Can’t fault her for telling her story, plus she’s a great writer, but if you want the cliff notes go to the end and do that part.
After that it’ll be you and bunch of people tripping over themselves to have at you.

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