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A Vindication of Love: Reclaiming Romance for the Twenty-First Century

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A thinking-person's guide to romantic love, a bold and challenging book that makes the case for love in an age both cynical about and fearful of strong passion

At the dawn of the twenty-first century, political correctness, cynicism, pragmatism, and the commodification of sex have reduced romantic love to a discredited myth or a recreational sport—"a cause for embarrassment," argues Cristina Nehring. In her brilliantly researched first book, Nehring wrests romantic love from the clutches of retrograde feminists and cutting-edge capitalists, thrill-seeking convenience shoppers and safe-sex moralists. With help from celebrated lovers ranging from Hélöise and Abelard to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and from literature as diverse as Ovid's Art of Love and the poems of Emily Dickinson, Nehring celebrates the wild, irreverent, and uncompromising models of love we have inherited. As she rediscovers romantic love's fearless and heroic provenance, she challenges readers to demand partnerships that fully engage body, heart, and mind.

In an age when "settling" is encouraged and marriage is often described in business terms, Nehring's passionate defense of romantic love is timely and thoroughly refreshing. By reclaiming the right to love, to yearn, and—yes—to risk, A Vindication of Love aims to establish a new romantic paradigm for a new century.

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"A fierce and lively book. . . .This is one of those rare books that could make people think about their intimate lives in a new way." — New York Times Book Review

“A rousing defense of imprudent ardor and romantic excess. . . . Its difficult to deny that [Nehring] is on to something.” — Wall Street Journal

A thinking persons “guide” that makes the case for love in an age both cynical about and fearful of strong passion. Bold and challenging, A Vindication of Love has inspired praise and controversy, and brilliantly reinvigorated the romance debate. A perfect choice for readers of Alain de Bottons How Proust Can Change Your Life and Pierre Bayards How to Talk About Books You Havent Read.

About the Author

A highly acclaimed and consistently provocative critic and essayist, Cristina Nehring has written for Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, the New York Times Book Review, Condé Nast Traveler, New York magazine, American Scholar, the Los Angeles Times, and the London Review of Books, among other publications. She lives with her daughter in Paris, Los Angeles, and Chania, Greece.

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Lou Cucic , February 10, 2011 (view all comments by Lou Cucic )
Passion is not dead but starving. Even today, seventeen years later.

Christina would certainly remember the shuttle flight from NYC to Washington back in December 1994 when a certain Croat spilled the Coke and whiskey over both engines and knocked down the romance instantly. Years elapsed and now he sees how fatal was his mistake. Missing a chance of his life he became a poor civil servant for the corrupt government, seeing occasionally his wives waving the white flag and leaving. Christina ended up there where she always belonged - in the amphitheater of love, in the stratosphere of instant passion. Had I followed her dynamics back in 20th century, her book would have been even better, my destiny far more joyful and the world much more better place to live.

Thanks Christina anyway. It was fun knowing you. I couldn't share your passion, persistence of your letters. But I certainly share your thoughts.

Ever yours,

Ljubomir Cucic, Zagreb, Croatia
cucic2004@yahoo.com


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ISBN:
9780060765033
Subtitle:
Reclaiming Romance for the Twenty-first Century
Author:
Nehring, Cristina
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Love
Subject:
Movements - Humanism
Subject:
Love & Romance
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090616
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.86x6.72x1.23 in. .96 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "A fierce and lively book. . . .This is one of those rare books that could make people think about their intimate lives in a new way." — New York Times Book Review

“A rousing defense of imprudent ardor and romantic excess. . . . Its difficult to deny that [Nehring] is on to something.” — Wall Street Journal

A thinking persons “guide” that makes the case for love in an age both cynical about and fearful of strong passion. Bold and challenging, A Vindication of Love has inspired praise and controversy, and brilliantly reinvigorated the romance debate. A perfect choice for readers of Alain de Bottons How Proust Can Change Your Life and Pierre Bayards How to Talk About Books You Havent Read.

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