Jones is the editor of the NYT’s “Modern Love” column. In this book he draws on over 50,000 stories that have crossed his desk to look at ten aspects of love: pursuit, destiny, vulnerability, connection, trust, practicality, monotony, infidelity, loyalty, and wisdom. It’s a no-brainer for bookstore Valentine’s Day tables. There’s a lot of publicity lined up, including a NYT first serial and a Parade second serial.
“Jones shares lessons learned over nearly a decade of reading contributors stories of love, dating, marriage, and all of their inherent calamities. Some stories are remarkable,…others are quirky….Jones provides insight on online dating and its pitfalls, the idea of destiny, and what it means to be truly devoted….[T]here is plenty of useful knowledge to be gleaned from Jones and his 50,000 helpers and his delivery and sense of humor make the education more palatable.”
— Publishers Weekly
“A provocative, insightful, and deeply humane meditation on ‘life’s most mystifying subject’… Jones … proves an exceptional guide — droll, compassionate, nonjudgmental — through all of love’s many phases.”
Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (with the Help of 50,000 Strangers) (9780062211163) by Daniel Jones. $25.99 hardcover. 2/4/14 on sale.