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Publisher's Summary

When you love someone, how does it feel? And when you desire someone, how is it different? In Mating in Captivity, Esther Perel looks at the story of sex in committed couples.

Modern romance promises it all - a lifetime of togetherness, intimacy and erotic desire. In reality, it's hard to want what you already have. Our quest for secure love conflicts with our pursuit of passion. And often, the very thing that got us to into our relationships - lust - is the one thing that goes missing from them.

Determined to reconcile the erotic and the domestic, Perel explains why democracy is a passion killer in the bedroom; argues for playfulness, distance and uncertainty; and shows what it takes to bring lust home.

Smart, sexy and explosively original, Mating in Captivity is the monogamist's essential bedtime listen.

©2006 Esther Perel (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Mating in Captivity...articulates a poignant and unacknowledged modern crisis for the first time." (The Evening Standard)

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A treasure for understanding relationships!

This book is a wonderful treasure to understand and live relationships in the modern world

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  • J. ELARIO
  • 12-04-17

some great food for thought (and practice)

how refreshing to hear a narration by a human rather than the go-to male "broadcasting" voices of many authors. It took a bit to get used to it, but once you pass that hurdle the book becomes a lot more personal and you appreciate the author's mission more. She relates many situations she's had to overcome with her therapy clients and I think it's safe to say that there should be something in this book that every couple can relate to and learn from
higly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-17

I enjoyed every bit of this realistic therapist.

It was an open-minded with practical information on all kinds of relationship. I already advised it to 2 people before I finished.

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  • David
  • 11-07-17

very interesting

a wealth of useful ideas and helpful concepts. a must for anyone navigating the mine fields of human relationships! 😊👍

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  • Carolyn Singer
  • 11-04-17

Captivating

Firstly I'm not American and this brilliant author is not either. This book essentially delves into relationships and examines what happens and why it happens (to lust and desire). I found intriguing, interesting and so very refreshing.