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The #1 New York Times Bestseller

A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of brand new romance from one in all this generation’s sharpest comedic voices

At some point, each one in all us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding somebody with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people Nowadays have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are such a lot of people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Must I go out with this girl although she listed Combos as one in all her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Must I check just to make certain?” 

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology by myself. In a short time frame, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A couple of decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party gave the look of a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the point they were twenty-four. Nowadays, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the very best person, a soul mate.

For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at brand new romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he determined he needed to take things to every other level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed an immense research project, including hundreds of interviews and focal point groups conducted far and wide from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with state of the art social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.

From the Hardcover edition.

An Amazon Best Book of June 2015: Aziz Ansari’s first book Modern Love is thoughtful, deep, and outright hilarious: it’s unquestionably not your run-of-the-mill actor/comedian book offering, and it works. He&aposs taking a hot topic that has been part of his up to date stand-up—navigating this minefield known as dating—and brings it to an entire new level. The book includes extensive research, data, and insight from leading experts in the field (he co-wrote it with a social scientist)—all sprinkled with Ansari’s signature, and spot-on, voice of a generation. Would I have read Modern Love by [insert name of expert here]? No way. If I&aposm going to take a long hard have a look at this subject, I want Ansari along for the ride. Aziz permits you to know the struggle is real, and we’re all going through it, so be nice. –Deborah Bass

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