A Book About Love

A Book About Love Review

“Jonah Lehrer has a lot to offer the world….The book is interesting on nearly every page….Good writers make writing look easy, but what people like Lehrer do is not easy at all.” —David Brooks, The New York Times Book Review

Science writer Jonah Lehrer explores the mysterious subject of love.

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 ends, 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. This book is about that mystery. Love, Lehrer argues, is not built solely on overwhelming passion, but, fascinatingly, on a set of skills to be cultivated over a lifetime.

Title:A Book About Love
Edition Language:English

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  • Mickey

    I’ve missed Lehrer during his exile for the plagiarism in his last book. I’m glad he’s back. His strategy for dealing with the fallout of this scandal is to be up front but not to dwell on it. H...

  • Amy Leigh

    This book about the psychology of love is fascinating and this will be a book I re-read over the years. I particularly was fond of his analyzation of Jane Austen's books and her life & the Civil War a...

  • Rebecca

    (DNF @ 31%) Although I can see why he starts where he does, Lehrer’s early focus on attachment and attunement – two psychological theories of how babies learn to relate affectionately to others ...

  • Sarah

    Thanks to Goodreads for a copy of this book.First of all, I thought it was good that Lehrer acknowledged all of the plagiarism from his previous works and took ownership of the fall-out surrounding th...

  • Sharon

    A scientific look at love. Some interesting insights and ideas. The best part of the book for me was when he talked about Viktor Frankl and how critical it is to have meaning in your life and to help ...

  • Hamideh Mohammadi

    I love that Jonah Lehrer came back to talk about love, after 4 years of exile due to plagiarism. He starts the book by apologizing for his mistakes and reassures his audience that the book has undergo...

  • Swaroop

    A Book About Love is an interesting and more than that informative read. It is not just about love, but also the various psychological/emotional that lead to or directly/indirectly involved with Love....

  • Vinod Peris

    I read Jonah Lehrer’s book titled “Imagine” in 2012 and loved it. I and everybody in the world soon came to know that Jonah had made some serious mistakes in this book. A journalist from Brookly...

  • Lynn

    This is a fascinating examination of the role of attachment in our lives, from the earliest days of childhood through the longest of marriages. Lehrer continually finds different ways to tell us that ...

  • KC

    Thank you Simon & Schuster, Jonah Lehrer, and Edelweiss for the advanced digital copy of this book. A truly scientific look at love, bonding, attraction, and the chemistry that helps create, shape, mo...