Synopses & Reviews
The bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses now explores the allure of adultery, the appeal of aphrodisiacs, and the cult of the kiss. Enchantingly written and stunningly informed, this "audaciously brilliant romp through the world of romantic love" (Washington Post Book World) is the next best thing to love itself.
"[E]xplores the neurophysiology of love and exposes the components of modern-day relationships, from the 'New Age Sensitive Guy'' to sexual chic." Library Journal
"[Ackerman] glides from the peaks of poetry to the secretive valleys of science to the plains of personal musings with ease, apparent pleasure, and a frankly feminine form of confidence." Booklist
"Beginning with a somewhat interesting history of ancient mythological love, Ackerman's...book quickly degenerates into a regurgitation of stereotypes about differences between men and women." Kirkus Reviews