Crazy Little Thing: Why Love and Sex Drive Us Mad

Crazy Little Thing: Why Love and Sex Drive Us Mad

by Liz Langley

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936740086
Publisher: Viva Editions
Publication date: 12/01/2011
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
File size: 394 KB

About the Author

LIZ LANGLEY's writing has appeared in AlterNet, Salon, Jezebel, Details, Glamour, and Bust. She has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Press Association, and Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. She lives in Orlando, FL.

Table of Contents

Preface Liz Langley xvii

1 Chapter 1: Brainiac 1

You Are Here: The Layout of the Brain 1

She Focused Me with Science 8

Helen and Me on the Ancient Imaginary Plains of Africa 19

2 Chapter 2: Love, Birds, and the Lesbian Albatrosses 27

3 Chapter 3: What You See in Them: Ideas on Attraction 39

Is She Really Going Out with Him? 39

Gibsonton 52

The Melancholy Story of the Lobster Boy 58

4 Chapter 4: "The Ballad of Burt and Linda" 67

If You Break Up with New York, Can You Still Be Friends? 67

Linda 76

The Shaky Bridge 93

5 Chapter 5: Bigfoot the Yenta 99

Loving the Alien 99

Wa-Wa-Wee 103

Sensitive Sideways 109

"They're embracing it in you when you can't see it." 120

6 Chapter 6: Genetic Sexual Attraction 123

It Sucks to Be Edgat Allan Poe 123

The Last Taboo: "It wasn't a mother-son relationship, it was a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship" 128

GSA in Art 130

No Kids Allowed on the Moon 138

7 Chapter 7: The Greatest Breakup Story Ever Told 141

"I am enchanted, I am amazed" 141

"My brain was dipped in hell" 143

Seeking the Light 151

8 Chapter 8: Nikki Reynolds 157

Never a Borrower 157

Learning to Forgive Yourself 163

"Quiet little white girls" 166

"It was an obsession" 171

Two Views on the Teen Brain 174

9 Chapter 9: Down for the Count: Love and Draculacon 181

Some People Just Can't Take Death for an Answer 181

It Had to Be Her 186

"Do not let evil into your heart. It will make a home there" 191

"It's not okay not to be loved" 202

10 Chapter 10: Spiritual Love 209

Divine Madness 209

Not All Bliss Is Domestic 214

Mark and Patricia 220

Do You and God Have Any Chemistry? 224

Nadine Begin: A Future Queen in a Princess Habit 225

You Sexy Thing: Objectùm-Sexuality 231

Epilogue 237

About the Author 242

Endnotes 243

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Crazy Little Thing: Why Love and Sex Drive Us Mad 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FINALLY I've found out what's going on with all these hormones that I thought were supposed to go away after I left middle school...this book is so funny and entertaining while at the same time uses a lot of facts and research to back it up. Liz is hilarious and really knows what she's talking about. I loved the little short stories she included to break up all the research.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like Liz Langley's writing style and the way she outlines love in her book. The subtitle is "How your Hormones and Neurotransmitters Make you Do Really Stupid Things". Some people might be disappointed if they just wanted pure science, but Langley likes to bring a more human element into her book. There are anecdotes, some of them wildly hilarious, to illustrate what love is and what it feels like for different people. There is all the brain chemistry, but there is also the sociological aspects of love and finding love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Crazy Little Thing by Liz Langley gives an intensely interesting look at how love makes us tick. Beginning with the physiological reasons behind why we feel love at all, then moving towards how genetics affect our sexual attractions and what forms our partner preferences, you finally finish with spiritual love with many short stories and facts in between. Langley had me so hooked on the content that I finished the book in two days and will be sure to pass it on to friends and family to spread the entertainment and awe it gave me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Science and Love are not two things that are often associated together; that being said Langley does a superb job and bringing the science of love to the everyday person. This book surpasses all other relationship books I have read. I found this book to be not only very informative but also a fun read. Who knew science could be so interested and applicable to our everyday lives. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a hilarious book full of the chemistry and psychology of a brain in love. It helps explain the crazy, stupid, ridiculous things that everyone does when they're in love in a tongue-in-cheek, sassy way that keeps the reader laughing, but also points out how much each of us should really identify with each story! Great read, I would definitely recommend this book.