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The most popular, provocative, and unforgettable essays from the past fifteen years of the New York Times "Modern Love" column--including stories from the upcoming anthology series starring Tina Fey, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Keener, Dev Patel, and John Slattery A young woman goes through the five stages of ghosting grief. A man's promising fourth date ends in the emer/>A The most popular, provocative, and unforgettable essays from the past fifteen years of the New York Times "Modern Love" column--including stories from the upcoming anthology series starring Tina Fey, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Keener, Dev Patel, and John Slattery A young woman goes through the five stages of ghosting grief. A man's promising fourth date ends in the emergency room. A female lawyer with bipolar disorder experiences the highs and lows of dating. A widower hesitates about introducing his children to his new girlfriend. A divorc�e in her seventies looks back at the beauty and rubble of past relationships. These are just a few of the people who tell their stories in Modern Love, Revised and Updated, featuring dozens of the most memorable essays to run in The New York Times "Modern Love" column since its debut in 2004. Some of the stories are unconventional, while others hit close to home. Some reveal the way technology has changed dating forever; others explore the timeless struggles experienced by anyone who has ever searched for love. But all of the stories are, above everything else, honest. Together, they tell the larger story of how relationships begin, often fail, and--when we're lucky--endure. Edited by longtime "Modern Love" editor Daniel Jones and featuring a diverse selection of contributors--including Mindy Hung, Trey Ellis, Ann Hood, Deborah Copaken, Terri Cheney, and more--this is the perfect book for anyone who's loved, lost, stalked an ex on social media, or pined for true romance: In other words, anyone interested in the endlessly complicated workings of the human heart.


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The most popular, provocative, and unforgettable essays from the past fifteen years of the New York Times "Modern Love" column--including stories from the upcoming anthology series starring Tina Fey, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Keener, Dev Patel, and John Slattery A young woman goes through the five stages of ghosting grief. A man's promising fourth date ends in the emer/>A The most popular, provocative, and unforgettable essays from the past fifteen years of the New York Times "Modern Love" column--including stories from the upcoming anthology series starring Tina Fey, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Keener, Dev Patel, and John Slattery A young woman goes through the five stages of ghosting grief. A man's promising fourth date ends in the emergency room. A female lawyer with bipolar disorder experiences the highs and lows of dating. A widower hesitates about introducing his children to his new girlfriend. A divorc�e in her seventies looks back at the beauty and rubble of past relationships. These are just a few of the people who tell their stories in Modern Love, Revised and Updated, featuring dozens of the most memorable essays to run in The New York Times "Modern Love" column since its debut in 2004. Some of the stories are unconventional, while others hit close to home. Some reveal the way technology has changed dating forever; others explore the timeless struggles experienced by anyone who has ever searched for love. But all of the stories are, above everything else, honest. Together, they tell the larger story of how relationships begin, often fail, and--when we're lucky--endure. Edited by longtime "Modern Love" editor Daniel Jones and featuring a diverse selection of contributors--including Mindy Hung, Trey Ellis, Ann Hood, Deborah Copaken, Terri Cheney, and more--this is the perfect book for anyone who's loved, lost, stalked an ex on social media, or pined for true romance: In other words, anyone interested in the endlessly complicated workings of the human heart.

30 review for Modern Love, Revised and Updated: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption

  1. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    Boy, did this book hit the spot so perfectly!! "Because real love, once blossomed, never disappears. It may get lost with a piece of paper, or transform into art, books, or children, or trigger another couple’s union while failing to cement your own. But it’s always there, lying in wait for a ray of sun, pushing through thawing soil, insisting upon its rightful existence in our hearts and on earth." A column that has appeared in the New York Times since 2004, "Modern Love" is Boy, did this book hit the spot so perfectly!! "Because real love, once blossomed, never disappears. It may get lost with a piece of paper, or transform into art, books, or children, or trigger another couple’s union while failing to cement your own. But it’s always there, lying in wait for a ray of sun, pushing through thawing soil, insisting upon its rightful existence in our hearts and on earth." A column that has appeared in the New York Times since 2004, "Modern Love" is an exploration of love in its many forms—romantic, familial, filial, platonic—and the way it is manifested both positively and negatively. This book is a collection of those columns. Some hit more common themes—rebuilding after a relationship or marriage ends, the excitement and despair of dating, dealing with parental disapproval, getting a second chance at love. Others are more unusual—the woman bringing her husband (soon to become her wife) to the first stage of gender reassignment surgery, the woman writing an "ad" of sorts to find her husband a new love after her impending death, the fears of a mother of a teenage boy with autism as he begins seeing girls in a romantic and sexual way. The columns differ in length, style, tone, and topic, yet there is beautiful emotion in each one. Some made me smile, some made me cry, and some made me wonder just where these writers who shared such a moment of their lives are now. Some are written by well-known people (there's a column by Andrew Rannells he published in his own memoir earlier this year) and some are written by "everyday" people. I devoured this book in a matter of hours, as it read like fiction. This truly was a special gem I’m so excited I stumbled upon. Perfect for those who love love, or the saps among us. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    This is one of the best nonfiction books I’ve ever read. I’m fascinated by love stories of all kinds, and this book really is inspired by modern love. It’s true stories (that are apparently based off a podcast) which are all written about people’s real experiences with love. And not just romantic love, but the love of a parent, a child, and not even all the good - but all the bad and the ugly and the heartbreak too. These stories are divided into sections: so we get stories specifically about first l This is one of the best nonfiction books I’ve ever read. I’m fascinated by love stories of all kinds, and this book really is inspired by modern love. It’s true stories (that are apparently based off a podcast) which are all written about people’s real experiences with love. And not just romantic love, but the love of a parent, a child, and not even all the good - but all the bad and the ugly and the heartbreak too. These stories are divided into sections: so we get stories specifically about first loves, heartbreaks, family, serious illness, divorce, adopting children, just all kinds of very interesting topics are covered in this collection of stories. Some of these stories were skippable and forgettable for me, but some of them actually made me cry???? and some of them were just fascinating and really incredible stories. My personal favorite story in this entire collection is The Race Grows Sweeter Near It’s Final Lap I fucking cried and it was the sweetest thing I’ve ever read. Some of my other favorites were: Now I Need A Place to Hide Away and You May Want to Marry My Husband Some other stories that I found absolutely fascinating were: My Husbands is Now My Wife which is about a woman who was married to a man for eight years when he finally told her he is a woman, and begins his transition. Another very interesting story was: First I Met My Children, The My Girlfriend. They’re Related about a guy who met his biological children after being a sperm donor in the 90’s, and finding his future wife through those kids. Overall, this was a very interesting and enjoyable collection of short stories of modern love - and I love that all kinds of love are explored in this, not just romantic love. I’m not usually a huge fan of short stories or nonfiction but I’m a huge lover of romance and love so I think that’s why I ended up enjoying it so much, plus there was just so many relatable quotes like the one below: ”For some reason I’ve always been susceptible to thinking my life would be vastly improved by the solution of a single problem. In high school, I thought, it will all get better when the braces come off, or when my skin clears up or when I go to college. And now, older and supposedly wiser, I find myself thinking it will all get better when I find romance. When I have a man who wants me despite how fallible, loud, or political I can be. Someone who, with a kiss, can snap me out of my self-pitying reverie. I think about how long I’ve been ready to find the beauty in another human being, to caress the scars of someone as flawed as me and to feel that person reciprocate.”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Literary Soirée

    HOW DO I LOVE THEE? As a former relationship coach who helped clients attract true love, I snatched up this amazing book in a sec — and I’m thrilled I did! Its stories of love and loss published originally as essays in The New York Times “Modern Love” column tickled, saddened, angered, perplexed, and exhilarated me. GOBSMACKED Two stories especially gobsmacked. Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” urging readers to wed her perfect spouse after her impending death. HOW DO I LOVE THEE? As a former relationship coach who helped clients attract true love, I snatched up this amazing book in a sec — and I’m thrilled I did! Its stories of love and loss published originally as essays in The New York Times “Modern Love” column tickled, saddened, angered, perplexed, and exhilarated me. GOBSMACKED Two stories especially gobsmacked. Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” urging readers to wed her perfect spouse after her impending death. And Ann Hood’s “Now I Need a Place to Hide Away,” on why she could not hear the Beatles, a once fave band, after her young daughter succumbed to virulent strep. But all enthralled, thus my highest applause for MODERN LOVE. 5/5 Pub Date 03 Sep 2019. Thanks to the editor, authors, Crown Publishing, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #ModernLoveRevisedAndUpdated #NetGalley

  4. 5 out of 5

    Reading Tam Ishly

    I simply could not enjoy this collection after two stories. It was kind of bland and abrupt. I couldn't continue reading this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    BookOfCinz

    If you are like me who lives outside if the US and basically under a rock, the New York Times does a column called Modern Love. The book Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss and Redemption is a collection of the some of the best essays that appeared in the column over the last ten years. This is an insanely cohesive, well put together collection of essays that explores modern love in the most hilarious, deeply personal, moving, vulnerable, and heartfelt way. I could not have enough of this If you are like me who lives outside if the US and basically under a rock, the New York Times does a column called Modern Love. The book Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss and Redemption is a collection of the some of the best essays that appeared in the column over the last ten years. This is an insanely cohesive, well put together collection of essays that explores modern love in the most hilarious, deeply personal, moving, vulnerable, and heartfelt way. I could not have enough of this collection- I found myself crying at the end of some of these essays and it was beautiful! Modern Love... what does that even mean? Well, in this collection we are privy to all the various types of love and I think that is exactly what I loved about it. We see love explored in all its various forms, from young love, parental love, sibling love, gay love, redemptive love etc. There are so many different essays that I read and it really spoke to me on a deep level. Some of these essays captured what it is like for millennials dating and trying to find love and for me, it really helps to see I am not alone. Majority of these essays I lovr but my favorites were: Uh, Honey, That's Not Your Line The Five Stages of Ghosting Grief For Best Hookup Results, Use Your Words, Ok? When Cupid Is A Prying Journalist Hear That Wedding March Often Enough, You Fall in Step When Eve and Eve Bit the Apple Truly, Madly Guilty You May Want to Marry My Husband Adolescence without a Roadmap Something Like Motherhood I loved how vulnerable and open these essays were, from the women freaking out and trying not to stare at her phone after sending a sexy message to a guy she recently met who might have ghosted her. To the woman admitting that she loves her husband more than her kids (yes! you read that right!). To the mother trying to guide her autistic son to love because, adolescence is hard as it is. To the woman serving in church and being excommunicated from said church after falling in love with another woman.... y'all- these essays are profound and deeply moving. If you are looking for a great collection on love- THIS IS IT!!!! Thanks Penguin RandomHouse for this copy!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This is a complication of Modern Love columns from the New York Times, in preparation of some Netflix show that comes out in October. I was a little disappointed by the sparse diversity but liked the variety of topics within love, from dating to marriage to divorce to children to loss. An easy read of short personal stories. I received a copy from the publisher through Edelweiss, and it came out Sept. 3, 2019.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fareya

    A collection of heartfelt and unforgettable essays that reads like short stories and are life/love stories of real people! Every essay is in a different tone and style, plus it's not just about romantic love but that plus family, friend and filial love. Really, it doesn't even feel like reading non-fiction. I devoured it in a few days and would recommend it if short stories/essays are your jam! **A free finished was provided by Random House. All opinions are my own.**

  8. 5 out of 5

    Basic B's Guide

    A collection of essays featured in the NY Times “Modern Love” column since its debut, this is now an original streaming series on Amazon Prime. Having a pretty traditional love life, I wasn’t sure how much I would relate to a book about modern love but boy was I wrong. Like most essays you will connect with some on a deeper level than others but the overall sense I was left with was that love is only fully achieved through vulnerability. We must completely surrender ourselves and often times at A collection of essays featured in the NY Times “Modern Love” column since its debut, this is now an original streaming series on Amazon Prime. Having a pretty traditional love life, I wasn’t sure how much I would relate to a book about modern love but boy was I wrong. Like most essays you will connect with some on a deeper level than others but the overall sense I was left with was that love is only fully achieved through vulnerability. We must completely surrender ourselves and often times at the expense of extreme emotional distress, but ultimately opening the door to the possibility of the best of love. Sometimes those times of pure blissful love are cut short but they will forever remain a part of us and will change us forever. One of my favorite essays was “The Race Grows Sweeter Near Its Final Lap”. This is an essay about Eve and Sam who found one another later in life. Eve and Sam only had a handful of years together but because of the leap of faith she took she was happy for those years instead of lonely. Having both a father and grandmother who have lost their spouses and still have many years ahead of themselves, I find myself desperately wanting them to find love again. Don’t get me wrong, the last 6 years with my Dad in the dating world has been bananas. I can’t even get started on that but really all we want is for him to be happy. He can’t find my Mom again but he might be able to find a close second that still respects that he had another love of his life and has room in his heart for one more. “If I were Spock from Star Trek, I would explain that human love is a combination of three emotions or impulses: desire, vulnerability, and bravery. Desire makes one feel vulnerable, which then requires one to be brave.” So, my question to you is; have you been brave? Thank you @randomhouse for the free copy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Fatma

    it was fine. i dont know, i found that most, if not all, of the stories weren't very memorable. nothing egregiously bad, but nothing impressionable either.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel A. Dawson

    This one is a great collection of Modern Love columns (plz tell me you know about this column from the @nytimes or the podcast!!) — heart-wrenching, humorous, poignant, wistful, wise, and just so, so very human. These are stories of love gained and lost and everything in between, and they are such a beautiful picture of humanity and emotions and just life. Big fan.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mehrsa

    I love reading the Modern Love essays in the Times and it was nice to have a bunch of them compiled here. I had read a few of them, but not too many.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brittany J. (BNJreads)

    Thank you @randomhouse #partner for gifting me a copy of Modern Love by Daniel Jones. 🖤 After reading this book, I am so thankful to have found my person and still have him earth-side with me to make mistakes, grow with, change with, raise our babies and get the chance to do it all over again everyday. While I continue to hope that our love story endures all, some of these stories in this book don’t and that’s just real life. I enjoyed each of the stories and the many examples of love Thank you @randomhouse #partner for gifting me a copy of Modern Love by Daniel Jones. 🖤 After reading this book, I am so thankful to have found my person and still have him earth-side with me to make mistakes, grow with, change with, raise our babies and get the chance to do it all over again everyday. While I continue to hope that our love story endures all, some of these stories in this book don’t and that’s just real life. I enjoyed each of the stories and the many examples of love such as family, children, death, divorce and so on, but what is up with ghosting?? Can someone explain this? Have you ever been ghosted? Have you ever ghosted someone? I’ll definitely be on the lookout for further updates of this book as it’s made clear, we’re all doing this love thing differently!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Whitehead

    While I live in the U.S., where the NY Times "Modern Love" column and new TV series are very popular, I wasn't familiar with either one until recently. I picked up this essay collection purely because I wanted to read about the ups and downs of love outside of my own life experience. I was sick of dwelling on my own heartache and wanted to hear about someone else's experience with love. That's exactly what I got—an honest, beautiful look at humanity and the ways that love (in its many While I live in the U.S., where the NY Times "Modern Love" column and new TV series are very popular, I wasn't familiar with either one until recently. I picked up this essay collection purely because I wanted to read about the ups and downs of love outside of my own life experience. I was sick of dwelling on my own heartache and wanted to hear about someone else's experience with love. That's exactly what I got—an honest, beautiful look at humanity and the ways that love (in its many forms) hurts us, confuses us, stretches us, delights us, and restores us. It's clear why these particular essays made the collection. They're breathtaking. They're well-written, vulnerable, and moving, which made for a tightly put together and heartwarming collection. By being so up close and personal, the essays express how love exposes us. By showcasing the stories of so many kinds of people, they symbolize how love helps us have empathy for those whose lives aren't like ours. I appreciated that the essays handled more than just romantic love. These real-life love stories are about a host of diverse, unique experiences, giving an intimate look at love when it meets mental illness, impending death, a transgender spouse, a special needs child, etc. There are essays about families and children, and friendships come and gone. And for every one of them, a striking portrait of how complicated life and love can be. I highly recommend it. Let's connect: Blog | Bookstagram | Twitter | Facebook

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bruin Mccon

    I used to read ML every week and even subscribed to the podcast for several months. A book is different. The only way i can explain it is tiramisu. You have one small serving, it’s the best ever. You eat a gallon of it and you’ll never touch the stuff again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Living in the Midwest and not being a regular customer of the NYT, I had no idea that Modern Love was a column. But now that I do, I'll probably try to read it as often as possible. This collection of essays covers the very vast and malleable definition of what it means to love. There's platonic love, romantic love, unrequited love, love in the face of adversity, the ways that love can break us down and build us up. How we can still learn things, still find magic in relationships, after years of Living in the Midwest and not being a regular customer of the NYT, I had no idea that Modern Love was a column. But now that I do, I'll probably try to read it as often as possible. This collection of essays covers the very vast and malleable definition of what it means to love. There's platonic love, romantic love, unrequited love, love in the face of adversity, the ways that love can break us down and build us up. How we can still learn things, still find magic in relationships, after years of being together. The need, or lack of a need, to put a name to what you feel. How meeting and falling in love has changed over time (dating apps vs meeting out in the world). The ways love scares us, sometimes forces us to give up the things we love most because it hurts less than having that love taken from you. Finding love later in life, or after divorce. Love across boundaries: distance, physical ability, religious beliefs. That ultimately love is painful and joyous and something to be cherished, because love is a lot of things, but it isn't promised. I think this quote from Veronica Chambers' essay, "Loved and Lost? It's Okay, Especially if You Win" sums this book up nicely: "Making a fool of yourself for love is ultimately about you, about how much you have to give and the distances you will travel to keep your heart wide open when everything around you makes you feel like slamming it shut and soldering it closed." In a world that's become more visibly heartless, sometimes we need a book like this to remind us that we're not alone, and that love still exists and is something worth fighting for. Instagram | Blog | Twitter

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. The most popular, provocative, and unforgettable essays from the New York Times “Mo When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. The most popular, provocative, and unforgettable essays from the New York Times “Modern Love” column—now revised and updated, featuring stories from the upcoming anthology series starring Tina Fey, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Keener, Dev Patel, and John Slattery A young woman goes through the five stages of ghosting grief. A man’s promising fourth date ends in the emergency room. A female lawyer with bipolar disorder experiences the highs and lows of dating. A widower hesitates about introducing his children to his new girlfriend. A divorcée in her seventies looks back at the beauty and rubble of past relationships. These are just a few of the people who tell their stories in Modern Love, Revised and Updated, featuring dozens of the most memorable essays to run in The New York Times “Modern Love” column since its debut in 2004. Some of the stories are unconventional, while others hit close to home. Some reveal the way technology has changed dating forever; others explore the timeless struggles experienced by anyone who has ever searched for love. But all of the stories are, above everything else, honest. Together, they tell the larger story of how relationships begin, often fail, and—when we’re lucky—endure. Edited by longtime “Modern Love” editor Daniel Jones and featuring a diverse selection of contributors—including Mindy Hung, Trey Ellis, Ann Hood, Deborah Copaken, Terri Cheney, and more—this is the perfect book for anyone who’s loved, lost, stalked an ex on social media, or pined for true romance: In other words, anyone interested in the endlessly complicated workings of the human heart. I love this newspaper column so was delighted to have spent this very hot and humid day with it! The essays were enjoyable and didn't read as a drudge column like my father usually hands to me to read to him so that was refreshing. The stories were wildly varying in their subject and writing style but nonetheless totally enjoyable - I look forward to the TV series!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    June

    If you kept up with the Modern Love column in the NYT, you'll remember many of these letters. If, like me, you were an occasional reader, the breadth of these stories will be striking. Writings range from tales of the banal modern issues of online dating, texting, swiping right, etc., to the uncomfortable issues of marriage and parenting too the earth-shattering losses of loved ones in death. The latter are powerful tearjerkers, while the former often seemed a bit trivial in comparison. All in a If you kept up with the Modern Love column in the NYT, you'll remember many of these letters. If, like me, you were an occasional reader, the breadth of these stories will be striking. Writings range from tales of the banal modern issues of online dating, texting, swiping right, etc., to the uncomfortable issues of marriage and parenting too the earth-shattering losses of loved ones in death. The latter are powerful tearjerkers, while the former often seemed a bit trivial in comparison. All in all, it's a worthwhile read if you need a reminder that humans can be kind and loving, and relationships can be worth the effort. Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for the digital ARC!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stella

    The New York Times Modern Love column is the only column that I read consistently. After reading about politics, the recession, real estate, murder....I need something else. Often, I don't even read the other stuff because my mind and heart can't take it. This collection is heart breaking, The collection is full of pain. This collection is full of love. It's the way we fall in love, the way we love our families, the way that people love their children. It's Modern Love. Thanks to NetGalley and t The New York Times Modern Love column is the only column that I read consistently. After reading about politics, the recession, real estate, murder....I need something else. Often, I don't even read the other stuff because my mind and heart can't take it. This collection is heart breaking, The collection is full of pain. This collection is full of love. It's the way we fall in love, the way we love our families, the way that people love their children. It's Modern Love. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karen LeBlanc

    I’ve been a fan and avid reader of the “Modern Love” column since the day I began subscribing to The New York Times a decade ago. These true-life essays are often poignant, stranger than fiction, intimate insights into love in all its iterations. As first-person accounts with dramatic story arcs that practically leap off the page, “Modern Love” begs for a more multidimensional rendering. The New York Times took note, launching a Modern Love podcast. (I’m a subscriber and enthusiastic listener) a I’ve been a fan and avid reader of the “Modern Love” column since the day I began subscribing to The New York Times a decade ago. These true-life essays are often poignant, stranger than fiction, intimate insights into love in all its iterations. As first-person accounts with dramatic story arcs that practically leap off the page, “Modern Love” begs for a more multidimensional rendering. The New York Times took note, launching a Modern Love podcast. (I’m a subscriber and enthusiastic listener) and recently Amazon Studios’ launched a scripted streaming series also called Modern Love available on Amazon Prime. After years of reading “Modern Love,” I was thrilled to revisit some of my favorite essays in the book, Modern Love, cleverly timed to release as the title becomes a bonafide brand in the entertainment industry. I predict a Modern Love movie is the next adaptation of the popular column. Modern Love, the book, is edited by Daniel Jones, editor of the “Modern Love” column in the New York Times since its inception in 2004. Jones also appears weekly on the Modern Love podcast and is a consulting producer for Amazon Prime’s Modern Love. Jones has a challenging job curating the thousands of published essays into compilation organized by four themes: Somewhere Out There; I Think I Love You; Holding on Through the Curve; and Family Matters. I was able to read and watch several essays that simultaneously made it into the book and the streaming series including So He Looked LIke Dad. It was Just Dinner Right, a fatherless twenty-something’s misguided attempt at bonding with an older man at work. The relationship implodes when they realize they have different agendas. When Cupid is a Prying Journalist, a confession from the founder of a successful dating site that he was in love once but had his heart broken, plays well on TV too. Other essays such as In Beyond Divorce and Even Death, a Promise Kept, chronicle internal struggles, less suited for the screen but soul-stirring on the page. In this essay, the author with raw honesty describes her decision to divorce not because the marriage was bad but because it was good. “We were still friends. We didn’t have big fights. All in all, we had a pretty good marriage, and so we spent a lot of time discussing the necessity of divorce,” she writes. Realizing they are “less husband and wife than tenants living in the same house,” the author questions whether a partnership without romance in marriage good enough? “We shared a history and children, but what we had did not quite add up to a marriage.” My favorite and most memorable essay in the book, Modern Love and is the tear-jerker, You May Want to Marry My Husband,” by best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who died of ovarian cancer in 2017, ten days after the essay was published in The New York Times. Amy writes her husband’s dating profile in hopes of finding him a wife after she dies. She plays matchmaker to her soon-to-be widowed husband in hopes that “the right person reads it and finds her husband and another love story begins.” A brief author bio follows each essay that left me wanting more. Ideally, an epilogue would follow each essay telling me the rest of the author’s love story. Where did they end up and with who and why? Was there a happy ending? Instead, most essays are open-ended leaving the possible outcomes up to my imagination. Jones, in his introduction to the book, says he picked tales that “pry open the oyster shell of human love to reveal the dark beauty within.” Modern Love chronicles all the messiness of human love, revealing there are no rules that govern the human heart when it comes to romance. You love who you love. That’s all we can ever know. As Jones succinctly says: “That’s love. Anyone can have it. All it requires is a little bravery. Or a lot.” Jones is also the author of nonfiction books The Bastard on the Couch and Love Illuminated and the work of fiction, After Lucy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Mary

    So , it’s not gonna be easy, as much of life never really is…. I am very happy I started my #nonfictionnovember with Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss and Redemption. While this is a collection of essays, each essay truly reads like a short story. I really enjoyed each one on its own. What made me happy about this collection too was that I was able to continue reading my other books simultaneously as I allowed myself a few essays each night. One story that particularl So , it’s not gonna be easy, as much of life never really is…. I am very happy I started my #nonfictionnovember with Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss and Redemption. While this is a collection of essays, each essay truly reads like a short story. I really enjoyed each one on its own. What made me happy about this collection too was that I was able to continue reading my other books simultaneously as I allowed myself a few essays each night. One story that particularly struck me was “You May Want to Marry My Husband”. This essay really struck a nerve in me. It is about a woman is becomes terminally ill with cancer and essentially puts an ad out there to the universe that he is truly a catch. I think I know someone like that--- Hey, @saltyshoreshots A few essays really moved me, while others did not. It's all good. The book is divided into different themes so this a book that you can read all at once or revisit over time. I care surely say I am happy to have it in my collection. Now, to watch the series on Amazon Prime…..

  21. 5 out of 5

    April Greissinger

    Huge thanks to Random House for my free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion! I loved these stories! These stories are filled with joy, sadness, hope, and loss, and I couldn't get enough of them! There were stories that drew me in more than others, but I really loved this collection and the way the stories were broken up throughout the book! My favorite sections of the book were the stories under 'I think I love you' and 'holding on through the curves' - I especially lo Huge thanks to Random House for my free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion! I loved these stories! These stories are filled with joy, sadness, hope, and loss, and I couldn't get enough of them! There were stories that drew me in more than others, but I really loved this collection and the way the stories were broken up throughout the book! My favorite sections of the book were the stories under 'I think I love you' and 'holding on through the curves' - I especially loved every story in the two sections and couldn't put the book down! At times I would only read a few stories and then other times I couldn't tear myself away from the pages. That is the fun thing with short stories, that you can pick up the book and put it down so easily! Some stories gave me all the feels and others left a huge smile on my face! Pick this one up if you love stories that both make your heart happy and sad, and if you love reading about other people's love stories! I am so excited to see how the tv series of this book/New York Times Column will turn out!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Misti

    Perhaps you're familiar with the Modern Love column in the New York Times? This book collects some of the best essays from that column's 15-year history. Most relate to romantic love, but some look at friendship or familial love. I thought the funniest was Aaron Long's "First I met my children. Then my girlfriend. They're related." and the most touching was one I had already read when it was originally published in the newspaper, Amy Krouse Rosenthal's "You May Want to Marry My Husband." If Perhaps you're familiar with the Modern Love column in the New York Times? This book collects some of the best essays from that column's 15-year history. Most relate to romantic love, but some look at friendship or familial love. I thought the funniest was Aaron Long's "First I met my children. Then my girlfriend. They're related." and the most touching was one I had already read when it was originally published in the newspaper, Amy Krouse Rosenthal's "You May Want to Marry My Husband." If you're a long-time NYT subscriber, you'll doubtless have already read all or most of these, though I'm sure they'd make for pleasant rereading. However, if you're someone who, like me, may have read a few Modern Love columns but hasn't plumbed the depths, this is a sweet and enjoyable collection of the highlights.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Asra Yousuf

    I have been a fan of this NY Times column for a while and hence when the book was announced I had to get it. And it didn't disappoint. Beautiful anthology of stories that tug at your heartstrings! I guess it has something or the other that everyone can connect with, and the fact that they are true stories, makes it even more special. If you've read Chicken Soup for the Soul, I believe it has a similar vibe and feel. P.S. The amazon prime web series based off some of the stories in the book I have been a fan of this NY Times column for a while and hence when the book was announced I had to get it. And it didn't disappoint. Beautiful anthology of stories that tug at your heartstrings! I guess it has something or the other that everyone can connect with, and the fact that they are true stories, makes it even more special. If you've read Chicken Soup for the Soul, I believe it has a similar vibe and feel. P.S. The amazon prime web series based off some of the stories in the book does a pretty good job at bringing them to life, albeit with a little more fictionalization than one would have liked.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather O'Neill

    This is a collection of short stories about love from the Modern Love column that have been published throughout the years. The stories are about dating, marriage, parenting, dying, and friendships that all have something to do with love. I have read different essays from Modern Love before, but I wanted to pick this book up because Amazon made a series from some of the stories. This book was the revised and updated version of the book. It's nice once in awhile to digest short stories This is a collection of short stories about love from the Modern Love column that have been published throughout the years. The stories are about dating, marriage, parenting, dying, and friendships that all have something to do with love. I have read different essays from Modern Love before, but I wanted to pick this book up because Amazon made a series from some of the stories. This book was the revised and updated version of the book. It's nice once in awhile to digest short stories and not have to get sucked into a whole novel. It was fast reading. All of the stories are very well told (most of them are done by authors).

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachy_reads

    I ended up devouring this book in a couple of hours - so much better then the tv show which to be fair my #sentimental heart loved. So many beautiful stories of all different sorts of love: maternal, friendship, romantic, unrequited.... Reading It I felt that there were so many better stories that I could have been made for the tv show - but maybe they are doing a series two? What I loved most about this book (and I loved a lot) is that it has introduced me to so many great writers (and I n I ended up devouring this book in a couple of hours - so much better then the tv show which to be fair my #sentimental heart loved. So many beautiful stories of all different sorts of love: maternal, friendship, romantic, unrequited.... Reading It I felt that there were so many better stories that I could have been made for the tv show - but maybe they are doing a series two? What I loved most about this book (and I loved a lot) is that it has introduced me to so many great writers (and I now have a stack more books on order 🙄)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gail (The Knight Reader)

    There are a lot of essays in this collection. A LOT. Unfortunately, many were average and not very memorable. If you ask me about this in a week’s time I am pretty sure these few lines will be all I have as proof that I even read Modern Love. A handful of stories were touching (usually the ones that involved death), some read like self help (grrrr) and some could be skipped altogether. I’d recommend this collection be read in short bits, lest repetition and boredom may seep in. Overall impressio There are a lot of essays in this collection. A LOT. Unfortunately, many were average and not very memorable. If you ask me about this in a week’s time I am pretty sure these few lines will be all I have as proof that I even read Modern Love. A handful of stories were touching (usually the ones that involved death), some read like self help (grrrr) and some could be skipped altogether. I’d recommend this collection be read in short bits, lest repetition and boredom may seep in. Overall impression: Borrow. Divert money funds elsewhere.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kerri

    3.5 stars! I don't think Modern Love really needs an introduction, and I while I enjoyed this collection of columns (some all-time favorites: 'You Might Want to Marry My Husband'; 'When Eve and Eve Bit the Apple'; 'Now I Need a Place to Hide Away') I felt like this bind-up was a little bit uneven. I would have loved more diversity overall, and perhaps would have swapped out a few of the essays for others. But if you are a fan of the column, of love stories in general, or want to get acquainted w 3.5 stars! I don't think Modern Love really needs an introduction, and I while I enjoyed this collection of columns (some all-time favorites: 'You Might Want to Marry My Husband'; 'When Eve and Eve Bit the Apple'; 'Now I Need a Place to Hide Away') I felt like this bind-up was a little bit uneven. I would have loved more diversity overall, and perhaps would have swapped out a few of the essays for others. But if you are a fan of the column, of love stories in general, or want to get acquainted with Modern Love before the Amazon series comes out, I'd recommend this one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    i picked this book on a complete whim while browsing at my bookstore the saturday morning before last. i liked that it was pink and i liked that it was a collection by many writers. i've been having a hard time reading anything other than the temeraire series this summer (lmao) between starting a new job and moving and figured this would be a cute, easy read. oh was i wrong. it was neither cute nor easy but utterly devastating. it made me cry several times and reminded me distinctly that life is i picked this book on a complete whim while browsing at my bookstore the saturday morning before last. i liked that it was pink and i liked that it was a collection by many writers. i've been having a hard time reading anything other than the temeraire series this summer (lmao) between starting a new job and moving and figured this would be a cute, easy read. oh was i wrong. it was neither cute nor easy but utterly devastating. it made me cry several times and reminded me distinctly that life is fragile and uncertain. it made me want to hold my husband and not let him go for the next 40 years. my favorites were probably "sleeping with the guitar player," "truly, madly, guiltily," and the entire last section!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nora Franco

    A good book to read as a companion to another—I spent the last few weeks reading a handful of essays a night before bed. Overall enjoyable (although some of the essays themselves were cringe-worthy) & I recommend reading if you’ve watched the amazon show (and vice-versa!) Fair warning: the show certainly fluffs up the stories and provides more context for who the narrators are than these essays do.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Rodgers

    I've been an irregular reader of the Modern Love column, so I enjoyed reading this compilation of essays. Some essays made me laugh, others left me crying- the way good love stories should. I would have actually liked to read more essays. I felt that most of the essays selected fell into the heteronormative category, it would be nice to see a more diverse selection in future editions or collections.

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