A Vindication of Love: Reclaiming Romance for the Twenty-first Century (Hardcover)

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"A fierce and lively book. . . .This is one of those rare books that could make people think about their intimate lives in a new way." -- New York Times Book Review

"A rousing defense of imprudent ardor and romantic excess. . . . It's difficult to deny that Nehring] is on to something." -- Wall Street Journal

A thinking person's "guide" that makes the case for love in an age both cynical about and fearful of strong passion. Bold and challenging, A Vindication of Love has inspired praise and controversy, and brilliantly reinvigorated the romance debate. A perfect choice for readers of Alain de Botton's How Proust Can Change Your Life and Pierre Bayard's How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read.

Praise For…


“A fierce and lively book.... one of those rare books that could make people think about their intimate lives in a new way.”
-New York Times Book Review

“An ambitious polemic. . . . A fresh reading of literary and historical figures. . . . Nehring’s paean to unconventional ecstasy is a bracing reminder of how narrow and orthodox our vision of love has become.”
-Slate

“An eloquent plea for romantic daring and idealism…A bold, high-flying polemic which sets out to do nothing less than reclaim romantic love for our times.”
-Ingrid Norton, Open Letter Monthly

“A wild appreciation of men and women . . . who passionately and fearlessly and recklessly redefine romance. . . . The passionate creatures who refuse to play it safe and settle down now have an intelligent, like-minded advocate.”
-Jessa Crispin, The Smart Set

“A rousing defense of imprudent ardor and romantic excess. . . . It’s difficult to deny that she’s on to something. . . . Ms. Nehring reveals (and revels in) the rich inner agonies of the love-tossed.”
-Wall Street Journal

“A sharp new polemic.... A Vindication of Love makes an ardent and engaging case for attraction in its rawest form—where lust, emotion and the intellect converge.”
-NPR

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060765033
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: June 1st, 2009
Pages: 336