A Book About Love

Author(s): Jonah Lehrer
Original Publish Date: Jul 12, 2016
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.83 hours)
Product Number: Z100136215
Released: Feb 12, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781508224655
Narrator/s: Jacques Roy
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Number one bestselling science writer Jonah Lehrer explores the "only happiness that lasts"—love—in a book that "is interesting on nearly every page" (David Brooks, The New York Times Book Review). Weaving together scientific studies from clinical psychologists, longitudinal studies of health and happiness, historical accounts and literary depictions, child-rearing manuals, and the language of online dating sites, Jonah Lehrer's A Book About Love plumbs the most mysterious, most formative, most important impulse governing our lives. Love confuses and compels us—and it can destroy and define us. It has inspired our greatest poetry, defined our societies and our beliefs, and governs our biology. From the way infants attach to their parents, to the way we fall in love with another person, to the way some find a love for God or their pets, to the way we remember and mourn love after it expires, this book focuses on research that attempts, even in glancing ways, to deal with the long-term and the everyday. The most dangerous myth of love is that it's easy, that we fall into the feeling and then the feeling takes care of itself. While we can easily measure the dopamine that causes the initial feelings of "falling" in love, the partnerships and devotions that last decades or longer remain a mystery. "Lehrer uses scores of detailed vignettes to traverse a complicated intellectual landscape, eventually arriving at modern theories of love…He is a talent" (USA TODAY), and A Book About Love decodes the set of skills necessary to cultivate a lifetime of love. Love, Lehrer argues, is not built solely on overwhelming passion, but, fascinatingly, on a set of skills to be cultivated over a lifetime.

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Author(s): Jonah Lehrer
Product Number EB00626084
Released: Jul 12, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9781476761411

Professional reviews

"Listeners will hear about the vast subject of love from scientific writer Jonah Lehrer's compilation of psychological studies. Narrator Jacques Roy has a clear, distinguished voice that is effective and calm. He gets the subject's importance across through controlling his pace, and he emphasizes each point clearly. His narration shines brightest during the author's personal accounts when he makes his voice slightly warmer than when he's delivering factual studies. The topic of how a parent's love affects a child is a theme that is eventually connected to other acts of love such as courtship and marriage. Listeners will be reminded of the value of love and the impact of their own ability to love on others. D.Z. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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