A Book About Love by Jonah Lehrer audiobook

A Book About Love

By Jonah Lehrer
Read by Jacques Roy

Simon & Schuster Audio
7.84 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781508224655

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.

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Summary

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A New York Times Editor’s Choice

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Lehrer uses scores of detailed vignettes to traverse a complicated intellectual landscape, eventually arriving at modern theories of love.” USA Today
“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.” New York Times Book Review
“The anecdotes and insights made me…start taking measure of my own ability to love.” Los Angeles Times
“Draws from scientific study, literature, history, and pop culture to address the vast significance of love in modern Western society…Lehrer also provides tactics for successfully overcoming heartbreak, backed by scientific research.” Publishers Weekly
“Covers a good deal of research and systematically examines the rewards and challenges of intimacy.” Kirkus Reviews
“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.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Jonah Lehrer

Author Bio: Jonah Lehrer

Jonah Lehrer is a writer and the author of A Book about Love, How We Decide, and Proust Was a Neuroscientist. He graduated from Columbia University and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He’s written for the New Yorker, Nature, Wired, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Psychology
Runtime: 7.84
Audience: Adult
Language: English