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Oprah-sanctioned relationship expert dishes on the decline of her own marriage.
Wolf (This Old Spouse: Tips and Tools for Keeping that Honeymoon Glow, 2007, etc.) may be a bestselling self-help author, frequent talk-show guest and marriage counselor to the stars. However, she's also a woman who's been married and divorced four times, but is still grappling to stay in the ring. The author offers a disclaimer right from off the bat—the first line reads, "This is the story of a marriage counselor who couldn't keep her own marriage together." Wolf goes on to detail the ironies of being a woman well-known for her whiz-bang relationship tips simultaneously wiling away her time in a sexless, dead-end marriage. So begins an investigation of not only her own background, but those of her husbands and her parents as well. The author uncovers a number of painfully repressed childhood memories which afford the wisdom that most of her marriages were doomed to hurtle straight off a cliff from the get-go. Wolf turns to her patients for answers, mining their individual situations for comparisons to her own, and seeks solace while counseling them through their shared dysfunctions.
Blending a conversational tone with tight, fast-paced prose, the author doesn't shy away from her flaws, resulting in a book that is touching, humorous and familiar.