Forget perfect; love the good, live happily ever after

Ladies, forget all about The Rules: In Lori Gottlieb’s new book, Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough (available 2/4), the author argues that women are so hung up on waiting for their Prince Charming that they end up missing opportunities to meet perfectly suitable partners.

Gottlieb delves into her subject matter by interviewing friends, singles and marrieds of all ages; matchmakers; sociologists; spiritual leaders; neurobiologists; and anthropologists. And, by her own admission (Gottlieb is in her early 40s and single), she tries “to become a dating guinea pig” (her experience with speed-dating is hilarious if a little depressing) to help find the answers. Even if you disagree with its premise, Marry Him is a frank and funny read, weaving real people’s stories with Gottlieb’s own experiences, and containing sharp examinations of how society and culture—everything from When Harry Met Sally to The Bachelor— come into play when modern women look for love.

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