Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (With the Help of 50,000 Strangers)
By Daniel Jones
William Morrow, 2014. 213 pages. Nonfiction.
Daniel Jones, the editor of the New York Times' popular column "Modern Love" explores the nature of love as exemplified by the stories shared by his readership. He touches on ten different aspects of love, including pursuit, destiny, loyalty, and wisdom.
What I found most interesting about this book was its analysis of stories of modern love. We become too used to love as exemplified by Hallmark or romance novels; Jones shows us the reality of love, the hardness of love and the beauty of love, that is found when real people allow love into their lives. And yet the book never sinks into the sappy. Jones examines the hard and the sad, such as infidelity and loss, with equal compassion and understanding as the beautiful and touching. It is a book to make the reader think about their own relationships.