The Course of Love Book
Score: 3.5
From 285 Ratings

The Course of Love


  • Author : Alain De Botton
  • Publisher : Signal
  • Release Date : 2016-06-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780771027628

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The Course of Love Excerpt :

In Edinburgh, a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children -- but no relationship is as simple as "happily ever after." The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence. With philosophical insight and psychological acumen, Alain de Botton shows that our Romantic dreams may do us a grave disservice -- and explores what the alternatives might be. The conclusion, as the characters gradually discover, is that love is not "an enthusiasm," but rather a "skill" that must be slowly and often painfully learnt. This is a Romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term.

A Course of Love Book

A Course of Love


  • Author : Mari Perron
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 286
  • ISBN 10 : 1577311949

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A Course of Love Excerpt :

Arguing that the heart knows more than the mind, the author offers a series of teachings, based on A Course in Miracles, in the art of loving another person. 25,000 first printing.

Relationships Book

Relationships


  • Author : The School of Life
  • Publisher : School of Life
  • Release Date : 2018-05
  • Genre: Interpersonal relations
  • Pages : 120
  • ISBN 10 : 0993538746

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Relationships Excerpt :

A fresh approach to matters of the heart, teaching us that success in love need never again be just a matter of luck.

Labor of Love Book
Score: 4
From 16 Ratings

Labor of Love


  • Author : Moira Weigel
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2016-05-17
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374713133

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Labor of Love Excerpt :

“Does anyone date anymore?” Today, the authorities tell us that courtship is in crisis. But when Moira Weigel dives into the history of sex and romance in modern America, she discovers that authorities have always said this. Ever since young men and women started to go out together, older generations have scolded them: That’s not the way to find true love. The first women who made dates with strangers were often arrested for prostitution; long before “hookup culture,” there were “petting parties”; before parents worried about cell phone apps, they fretted about joyrides and “parking.” Dating is always dying. But this does not mean that love is dead. It simply changes with the economy. Dating is, and always has been, tied to work. Lines like “I’ll pick you up at six” made sense at a time when people had jobs that started and ended at fixed hours. But in an age of contract work and flextime, many of us have become sexual freelancers, more likely to text a partner “u still up?” Weaving together over one hundred years of history with scenes from the contemporary landscape, Labor of Love offers a fresh feminist perspective on how we came to date the ways we do. This isn't a guide to “getting the guy.” There are no ridiculous “rules” to follow. Instead, Weigel helps us understand how looking for love shapes who we are—and hopefully leads us closer to the happy ending that dating promises.

The Course of Love Book
Score: 3.5
From 285 Ratings

The Course of Love


  • Author : Alain De Botton
  • Publisher : Signal
  • Release Date : 2018-01-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN 10 : 9780771027635

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The Course of Love Excerpt :

From the author of the international bestsellers Essays in Love, The Architecture of Happiness, and How Proust Can Change Your Life, comes a novel that explores with trademark warmth and wit the complex landscape of a modern relationship. Rabih and Kirsten meet, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning. Over the years this ordinary couple will miscommunicate and misunderstand each other, will worry about money, will have first a girl and then a boy. One of them will have an affair, one will think about it. Both will have doubts. This will be the real love story. Twenty-first century depictions of love and marriage are shaped by a set of Romantic myths and misconceptions. With philosophical insight and psychological acumen, Alain de Botton presents a realistic case study for marriage and examines what it might mean to love, to be loved -- and to stay in love.

The Digested Read Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

The Digested Read


  • Author : John Crace
  • Publisher : RDR Books
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 1571431594

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Literary ombudsman John Crace never met an important book he didnt like to deconstruct.From Salman Rushdie to John Grisham, Crace retells the big books in just 500 bitingly satirical words, pointing his pen at the clunky plots, stylistic tics and pretensions to Big Ideas, as he turns publishers golden dream books into dross. In the grand tradition of Tom Lehrer and Stan Freberg, Crace takes the books that produce the most media hype and retells each story in its authors inimitable style. Philip Roth, Don Delillo, Margaret Drabble, Paul Auster, Alice Sebold, John Updike, Tom Wolfe, Ruth Rendell, A.S. Byatt, John LeCarre, Michael Crichton and Ian McEwan all emerge delightfully scathed in this book that makes it easy to talk knowingly about books youve never bothered to read or, for that matter, should have.

Cupid s Arrow Book

Cupid s Arrow


  • Author : Robert J. Sternberg
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN 10 : 0521478936

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Cupid s Arrow Excerpt :

In this absorbing book, renowned psychologist Robert J. Sternberg presents a psychological approach to human relationships that reveals how and why people fall in and out of love. Fascinating reading for anyone who wants to learn more about love, Cupid's Arrow draws on fields ranging from history to cognitive science to folklore, offering a comprehensive account of love in its many forms. Grounded in Sternberg's own 'triangular theory', the book explores the many varieties of love as diffe

Essays in Love Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

Essays in Love


  • Author : Alain De Botton
  • Publisher : Picador
  • Release Date : 2015-02-01
  • Genre: Love
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 1447275322

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Essays in Love Excerpt :

Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speak until there is someone who can understand what we are saying in essence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved.A man and a woman meet over casual conversation on a flight from Paris to London, and so begins a love story - from first kiss to first argument, elation to heartbreak, and everything in between. Each stage of the relationship is illuminated with startling clarity, as de Botton explores emotions often felt but rarely understood.With the verve of a novelist and the insight of a philosopher, Alain de Botton uncovers the mysteries of the human heart. Essays In Love is an iconic book - one that should be read by anyone who has ever fallen in love.PRAISE FOR ALAIN DE BOTTON'The book's success has much to do with its beautifully modelled sentences, its wry humour and its unwavering deadpan respect for its reader's intelligence . . . full of keen observation and flashes of genuine lyricism, acuity and depth.' Francine Prose, New Republic 'Witty, funny, sophisticated, neatly tied up, and full of wise and illuminating insights.' P. J. Kavanagh, Spectator 'De Botton is a national treasure.' Susan Hill 'I doubt if de Botton has written a dull sentence in his life.' Jan Morris, New Statesman 'Single-handedly, de Botton has taken philosophy back to its simplest and most important purpose: helping us to live our lives.' Independent

A Course of Love Book

A Course of Love


  • Author : Mari Perron
  • Publisher : Course of Love Publications
  • Release Date : 2006-03-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 0972866825

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A Course of Love Excerpt :

A Course of Love is for troubled hearts what A Course in Miracles is for troubled minds: revelation, comfort, and call to transforming union. The prophetic messages of our time are about the end of the rule of the thinking mind. They call for a new way of knowing. A Course of Love provides the bridge to that new way of knowing. It instills the courage of heart that it takes to give up thinking as the cornerstone, the very foundation, on which our world rests. With messages that join heart and mind in unity, this Voice of love replaces our inner voice of fear and shows us a way to end our identity crisis and our separation from God.

How to Take Your Time Book

How to Take Your Time


  • Author : Alain De Botton
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2017-02-13
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 16
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525435020

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How to Take Your Time Excerpt :

Curiously practical—this no-nonsense blend of literary biography and self-help unravels how interesting life can be if only you could resist the impulse to rush through the mundane rituals of modern life. Every morning, Marcel Proust sipped his two cups of strong coffee with milk, ate a croissant from one boulangerie, dunking it in his coffee as he slowly read the day’s paper with great care—poring over each headline and section. Only Alain de Botton could have pulled so many useful insights from the oeuvre of one the world’s greatest literary masters. Fascinating and vital, How to Take Your Time will urge you to find the wisdom in defying “the self-satisfaction felt by ‘busy’ men—however idiotic their business—at ‘not having time’ to do what you are doing.” A Vintage Shorts Wellness selection. An ebook short.

The News Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

The News


  • Author : Alain De Botton
  • Publisher : Signal
  • Release Date : 2014-02-11
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780771027697

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The News Excerpt :

From the author of The Architecture of Happiness, a thought-provoking look at the manic and peculiar position that news has achieved in our lives. What does the news do to our brains, our souls and our views of one another? We spend an inordinate amount of time checking on it. It molds how we view reality, we're increasingly addicted to it on our luminous gadgets, we check it every morning when we wake up and every evening before we sleep-and yet the news has rarely been the focus of an accessible, serious, saleable book-length study. Until now. Mixing snippets of current news with philosophical reflections, The News will blend the timeless with the contemporary, and bring the wisdom of thousands of years of culture to bear on our contemporary obsessions and neuroses. The News ranges across news categories-from politics to murders, from economics to celebrities, from the weather to paparazzi shows--in search of answers to the questions: "What do we want from this?" and "Is it doing us any good?" After The News, we'll never look at a celebrity story, the report on a tropical storm, or the sex scandal of a politician in quite the same way again.

Out of Love Book

Out of Love


  • Author : Hazel Hayes
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2021-09-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593184530

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One of E! News' 13 Books to Read This September | One of Bookish's Debuts to Read in the Second Half of 2021 | One of Medium's Best Releases Out Today “Hazel Hayes writes with such honesty and casual confidence and flowing dialogue, you feel you are overhearing it rather than reading it. The writing sparkles with wit and a poignant emotional reality. I love it.”—Matt Haig, bestselling author of The Midnight Library “A smart, touching, time-bending romance. Funny and affecting.”—David Nicholls, bestselling author of One Day and Sweet Sorrow For anyone who has loved and lost, and lived to tell the tale, this gorgeously written debut is a love story told in reverse, a modern novel with the heart of a classic: truthful, tragic, and ultimately full of hope. Out of Love begins at the end. A couple call it quits after nearly five years, and while holding a box of her ex-boyfriend’s belongings, the young woman wonders: How could they have spent so long together? When did they fall out of love? Were there good times before the bad? These are the questions we obsess over when a relationship ends, even when obsessing can do no good. But instead of moving forward through the emotional fallout of a break-up, Out of Love moves backward in time, weaving together an already unraveled tapestry, from tragic ending to magical first kiss. Each chapter jumps further into the past, mining their history for the days and details that might help us understand love; how it happens and why it sometimes falls apart. Readers of Normal People; Goodbye, Vitamin; and One Day will adore this bittersweet romance, a sparkling debut that you won’t want to miss.

The History of Love  A Novel Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The History of Love A Novel


  • Author : Nicole Krauss
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2006-05-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393342840

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The History of Love A Novel Excerpt :

ONE OF THE MOST LOVED NOVELS OF THE DECADE. A long-lost book reappears, mysteriously connecting an old man searching for his son and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother's loneliness. Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he’s still alive. But it wasn’t always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book…Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With virtuosic skill and soaring imaginative power, Nicole Krauss gradually draws these stories together toward a climax of "extraordinary depth and beauty" (Newsday).

Status Anxiety Book
Score: 4
From 15 Ratings

Status Anxiety


  • Author : Alain De Botton
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2008-12-10
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307491336

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Status Anxiety Excerpt :

Anyone who’s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor’s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton’s irresistibly clear-headed new book, immediately. For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has less to do with material comfort than with love. To demonstrate his thesis, de Botton ranges through Western history and thought from St. Augustine to Andrew Carnegie and Machiavelli to Anthony Robbins. Whether it’s assessing the class-consciousness of Christianity or the convulsions of consumer capitalism, dueling or home-furnishing, Status Anxiety is infallibly entertaining. And when it examines the virtues of informed misanthropy, art appreciation, or walking a lobster on a leash, it is not only wise but helpful.

How Proust Can Change Your Life Book
Score: 3.5
From 23 Ratings

How Proust Can Change Your Life


  • Author : Alain De Botton
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2013-01-23
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307833495

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How Proust Can Change Your Life Excerpt :

Alain de Botton combines two unlikely genres--literary biography and self-help manual--in the hilarious and unexpectedly practical How Proust Can Change Your Life. Who would have thought that Marcel Proust, one of the most important writers of our century, could provide us with such a rich source of insight into how best to live life? Proust understood that the essence and value of life was the sum of its everyday parts. As relevant today as they were at the turn of the century, Proust's life and work are transformed here into a no-nonsense guide to, among other things, enjoying your vacation, reviving a relationship, achieving original and unclichéd articulation, being a good host, recognizing love, and understanding why you should never sleep with someone on a first date. It took de Botton to find the inspirational in Proust's essays, letters and fiction and, perhaps even more surprising, to draw out a vivid and clarifying portrait of the master from between the lines of his work. Here is Proust as we have never seen or read him before: witty, intelligent, pragmatic. He might well change your life.