The Art of Marriage: A Guide to Living Life as Two [NOOK Book]

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A witty, thought-provoking celebration of why marriage still matters-and how to make yours work.

Taking anecdotes from history, the latest research, and insights about couples who stayed the course, writer and journalist Catherine Blyth offers an engaging tour of married life with entertaining advice on how to enjoy a successful marriage. She also shows how to deal with ...
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The Art of Marriage: A Guide to Living Life as Two

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Overview

A witty, thought-provoking celebration of why marriage still matters-and how to make yours work.

Taking anecdotes from history, the latest research, and insights about couples who stayed the course, writer and journalist Catherine Blyth offers an engaging tour of married life with entertaining advice on how to enjoy a successful marriage. She also shows how to deal with wandering eyes or in-laws who should be outlawed, and answers vital questions such as: Can housework improve sex life? Why should husbands argue? And why must wives relax?

In an age when skeptics like Elizabeth Gilbert and Lori Gottlieb urge us to "beware" or to "settle," The Art of Marriage offers heartfelt inspiration. Readers will learn why marriage still casts its spell, and how-with optimism and some tactics-it can be better than ever.


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Publishers Weekly
Platitudes abound in Blyth's marriage primer follow-up to The Art of Conversation. "For many couples marriage is not the choppy water, but the vessel to carry them through life's voyage." Also present here are Blyth's sweeping, undocumented statements, like "most divorcees report being less happy after a break-up than before," and pat conclusions: Millionaire Chef Jaime Oliver's wife, Jools, for instance, has "enlisted in the cult of the mother goddess" because she gets up to make her children porridge. References are often outdated and observations about sex in marriage, such as "the most contented couples also have well-matched libidos" or, if getting into the sack at all is a problem, to "Just Do It," lack insight. Though Blyth notes that she surveyed a number of couples for her new book, her examples are either vague, weak, or undocumented. She seems to write from a far-away place, where feminism has not yet reared its mighty head: "There is plentiful evidence that men feel emasculated if they earn less than their wives or do women's work." For Blyth, the solution to fixing that rotting relationship is no more complicated than this: husbands, kiss your wives. (Jan.)
-The Daily Beast
"Blyth writes for an audience curious for the perspective of Queen Victoria and Madonna, Charles Darwin and Rod Stewart, and this high-low mash-up is difficult to resist."
-Elle
"Catherine Blyth puts a genteel spin on the adage 'marriage takes work.'"
Library Journal
The thrust of Blyth's (The Art of Conversation) newest book is that a lifelong marriage is worth all the angst and compromises that are necessary to make it work. Blyth uses examples from history (Napoléon), philosophy (Diderot), and popular stardom (Madonna and Guy Ritchie) to illustrate the challenges inherent in everyday issues like kids' runny noses, in-laws, and sexual desire. She acknowledges the unglamorous aspects of being married but puts marriage into the larger context of home and society. This is not so much a self-help guide for marriages in trouble as it is inspiration and assistance for those in relationships that are fairly healthy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101494882
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/30/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 274 KB

Meet the Author

Catherine Blyth is a writer and editor. Her work has appeared in numerous British publications, including The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Despite her marriage to a mischievous gossip columnist, she still manages to enjoy a thriving social life.

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