Hite, best known for her trilogy of reports on sexuality and love (e.g., The Hite Report , LJ 7/76), and her colleague Colleran draw on their extensive research to define relationships for women in the 1990s. Unfortunately, they employ too much direct input from the research participants instead of providing useful guidance on how to make a relationship work. As it is, their most concrete advice regards when to abandon a relationship rather than try to improve it. However, unlike most of the male/female compatibility literature of the past ten years, their book is more understanding and supportive of the negative feelings women may experience (e.g., due to emotional violence, lack of male communication). In addition, instead of advising women to change, they recommend en couraging men to change their behaviors. The authors also offer a refreshing and insightful look at the status of single women, as well as relationships and/or friendships with other females. Hite's other books have been popular.-- Elizabeth DeMarco, Onondaga Cty. P.L., N.Y.