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These thematically organized essays from the New York Times"Modern Love" column cover "Seeking," "Finding," "Breeding," "Staying," and "Leaving" in relationships. With tales of polyamory and a gay high school student who plays the perfect prom date to single girls but can't take a man to his own prom, this collection offers unique but relatable stories of love between lovers, friends, strangers, and families. Some are so good they'll stick with you: one woman writes of a castlelike sperm bank with long hallways, closed doors, and two separate entrances to keep the donors and recipients in wonder about each other; and poet Paul Muldoon's wife writes of his "Guitar-in-the-Basement phase" and his unlikely ambition to be a 53-year-old rock star. Although these snippets are best suited to perusal in the morning paper, the collection is a fun read that requires little commitment and offers just enough emotion, like some of the troublesome loves it relates. Recommended.
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