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Modern Romance

Modern Romance

The acclaimed comedian teams up with a New York University sociologist to explore the nature of modern relationships, evaluating how technology is shaping contemporary relationships and considering the differences between courtships of the past and present.

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ISBN 9780143109259
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Published 14 June 2016 by Penguin
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Author(s) By Ansari, Aziz
By Klinenberg, Eric
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ISBN-13 9780143109259
ISBN-10 0143109251
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Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books
Publication Date 14 June 2016
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Ansari, Aziz
By Klinenberg, Eric
Category Family & Other Relationships: General
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 213mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 363g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Popular culture, Dating (Social customs), Interpersonal relations
NBS Text Marriage, Family & Other Relationships
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 646.77
Catalogue Code 686324

Description of this Book

Now a New York Times Bestseller A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of thepleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation s sharpest comedic voices At some point, every one of us embarks on ajourney to find love. We meet people, date, getinto and out of relationships, all with the hopeof finding someone with whom we share a deepconnection. This seems standard now, but it swildly different from what people did even justdecades ago. Single people today have moreromantic options than at any point in humanhistory. With technology, our abilities to connectwith and sort through these options are staggering.So why are so many people frustrated? Some of our problems are unique to our time. Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza? Should I go out with this girl even though shelisted Combos as one of her favorite snack foods?Combos?! My girlfriend just got a message fromsome dude named Nathan. Who s Nathan? Did hejust send her a photo of his penis? Should I checkjust to be sure? But the transformation of our romantic livescan t be explained by technology alone. In a shortperiod of time, the whole culture of finding lovehas changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived intheir neighborhood. Their families would meetand, after deciding neither party seemed like amurderer, they would get married and soon havea kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years oftheir lives on a quest to find the perfect person, asoul mate. For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming hiscomic insight at modern romance, but for ModernRomance, the book, he decided he needed to takethings to another level. He teamed up with NYUsociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massiveresearch project, including hundreds of interviewsand focus groups conducted everywhere fromTokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzedbehavioral data and surveys and created their ownonline research forum on Reddit, which drewthousands of messages. They enlisted the world sleading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, HelenFisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, SherryTurkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike anysocial science or humor book we ve seen before. In Modern Romance, Ansari combines hisirreverent humor with cutting-edge social scienceto give us an unforgettable tour of our newromantic world. From the Hardcover edition.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review New York Times A sprightly, easygoing hybrid of fact, observation, advice and comedy. USA Today With topics like online dating apps to serious social science research, the book is sure to have you laughing if not taking a few notes. The Guardian Entertaining and illuminating. Rolling Stone A hilarious, often unsettling account of what young singles go through as they search for love in the digital age. Boston Globe A funny and scholarly examination of the 24-hour romance cycle. Paste Magazine The book is an obsessive exploration of what makes hearts flutter and break across the globe, but most importantly, it dissects those ideas through the lens of a right-and-left swiping society. And as a result, Ansari s final product doesn t only feel complete it s hilariously executed, even without his unmistakable high-register voice belting the punchlines. At 250 pages, Modern Romanceis a lean, pithy read that s perfect to reach the tech-obsessed generation it explores. Refinery 29 An engaging look at the often head-scratching, frequently infuriating mating behaviors that shape our love lives. VOX: With his first foray into the literary sphere, Ansari handedly accomplishes what he set out to do. Modern Romance provides insight into what people do to find love. He infuses their stories with his sass and parallels their shame with much of his own. On top of that, Ansari s advice is easy to follow and backed with science and research. Modern Romance is the pinnacle of romantic guides at least until a new dating app makes it obsolete. The A.V. Club It s hard to think of another celebrity book that also feels like breaking news Aside from the jokes, the science of Modern Romance holds water, and is absolutely fascinating. The Source This book is essentially an Aziz Ansari standup routine in print form.His unique voice is present throughout the book.One reason that people love Aziz is his outlook on life. He has a funny way of refocusing seemingly ordinary things and zeroing in on very small details that most would not notice. He brings all of that and more to the table with this book. This book is informative, presents a lot of thought provoking topics and discusses them thoroughly. Paired with Aziz s distinct voice, this book is even more endearing. The Daily Beast Funny, informative, and surprisingly earnest. The Atlantic Modern Romancereads like aCliffsNotesto relationshipping as it is currently experienced by (mostly middle-class, Ansari admits, and mostly straight) Americans. It s the familiar stuff of research and sitcomedy, distilled into a funny, and highly readable, summary. Bustle You re not going to find a traditional humor book. And that s a good thing.Modern Romanceissomething a bit more unique: a comprehensive, in-depth sociological investigation into the many challenges of looking for love in the digital age. Modern Romancegives an impressive overview of how the dating game has changed with the advent of cell phones and the Internet. But there s also some practical advice peppered in there by Ansari himself. O, The Oprah Magazine Even comedy phenoms get dumped. But when it was this Parks and Recreation star s turn, he channeled the rejection into an extensive (and riotous) investigation of the current state of dating, going as far as recruiting an NYU sociologist to be his collaborator/wingman. Bookforum A social-science book that s pleasant to read and a comedy book that actually has something to say. Kirkus Reviews The ever hip and funny comedian and Parks and Recreation star embarks on a surprisingly insightful exploration of the complex realities of dating today . Ansari s eminently readable book is successful, in part, because it not only lays out the history, evolution, and pitfalls of dating, it also offers sound advice on how to actually win today s constantly shifting game of love. Often hilarious, consistently informative, and unusually helpful. Natasha Gilmore, Publishers Weekly: Ansari, a comedian and TV actor, has co-written a book with a legitimate sociologist about what it means to date in the modern era. When technology and instant gratification are changing the landscape of human interactions, dating is weirder than ever, and I'm looking forward to Ansari's sense of humor and cultural criticism on the topic, which he's started to address in his stand-up. Steven Levitt, coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling Freakonomics Always-hilarious Aziz Ansari proves you can be smart and funny at the same time.Not only did I laugh my ass off, I really learned stuff. Where was this book when I was 22 years old? Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Eating Animals Laughing is my second least-favorite thing in the world after thinking. This book was torture. Not a page passed without an unwanted eruption of giggles or insight. Aziz is funny as hell, and smart as shit. Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; author of Reclaiming Conversation It's the voices that will have you reading this remarkable book in one sitting! The voices of old people who married someone who lived in their apartment building or the building next door and the voices of the young people who check out hundreds of romantic possibilities a night, with so much choice that choice becomes impossible. And then there is the voice of Ansari himself, funny, of course, but also deeply compassionate. This book defines serious fun. Dave Eggers, author of Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? Modern Romance is just like Aziz Ansari himself charming, thoughtful, reasonable, and able to distill the madness of the world into something both sane and wildly funny. Helen Fisher, Senior Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute; author of Why Him? Why Her? Ansari and Klinenberg elegantly capture the entirely new ways that singles communicate, court, and find love today. Modern Romance is a captivating read, with deep insight into history, science, and culture, and loads of wit and charm. Along the way, you may even collect some valuable tips for finding a soul mate. From the Hardcover edition.

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Author's Bio

Aziz Ansari is a writer, stand-up comedian, and actor. He currently stars in, writes, and directs his own original series for Netflix--Master of None--winner of the 2016 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series. Ansari is also the winner of a 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. In 2014, Ansari became the seventh comedian ever to sell out Madison Square Garden in New York. His two sold-out performances at the legendary arena were filmed for his fourth comedy special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden, which was released in March of 2015 on Netflix. For seven seasons, he starred as Tom Haverford on the beloved NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation with Amy Poehler and other great people. He has also appeared in several films including This Is the End, Funny People, and 30 Minutes or Less. He enjoys eating fresh pasta and watching multiple hours of critically acclaimed television dramas in one sitting. Eric Klinenberg is a professor of sociology at NYU. He's the author of Going Solo (Penguin Press) and has contributed to The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and This American Life.

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