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The School of Life

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A pessimist’s guide to marriage, offering insight, practical advice, and consolation.

A pessimist's guide to marriage.


Anyone we might marry could be wrong for us - even just a little bit. We know that perfection is not in the cards. And yet, errors of deep-seated incompatibility in married couples seem to occur regularly. 


This informative (and funny) book examines the reasons why - and then suggests a new approach to marriage. The time has come to bury the Romantic intuition-based view of marriage and learn to practice and rehearse marriage as one would ice-skating or violin playing, activities no more deserving of systematic periods of institution.


  • BASED ON THE NEW YORK TIMES MOST-READ ARTICLE OF 2016
  • A THOUGHT-PROVOKING ESSAY COLLECTION about relationships and marriage. 
  • A PESSIMIST'S GUIDE TO MARRIAGE offering insight, practical advice, and consolation. 
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Distribution
Original Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 80 pages
ISBN-10: 099557362X
Item Weight: 0.37 lbs
Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.4 x 7.2 inches
Customer Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars 501 to 1,000 ratings

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