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Americans Talk About Love

John Bowe

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From the wards of New Orleans to the cornfields of Iowa to the slopes of Colorado, from the raves of Los Angeles to the hollows of Appalachia and the canyons of Wall Street, Americans talk about love. Tortured teenagers, free-spirited octogenarians, anxious Navy wives, blue-blooded bohemians, horny-but-chaste pastors, and multiply-partnered cosmopolitans tell extraordinary tales of broken hearts; sexual infidelities; improbable reconciliations; hidden, forbidden, preposterous love; and endurance against all odds. These are America’s real love stories—wise and foolish, comic and tragic, full of surprises and straight from the heart.

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PREFACE An ant hurries along a threshing floorwith its wheat grain, moving between huge stacksof wheat, not knowing the abundanceall around. It thinks its one grainis all there is to love
--Rumi, “The Road Home” Us is a collection of oral reports from across the United States, describing the many ways romantic love is sparked, pursued, won, and lost. The stories range from poetic, inspiring, erotic, and heartbreaking to hilarious, preposterous, and sometimes disgusting. US aims as an ensemble to do justice to the array of voices in our country, celebrating their earnestness,

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“In Us: Americans Talk About Love, author John Bowe presents 44 firsthand stories—hideous, hilarious and ultimately hopeful—from the likes of teenagers, sex workers, Amtrak conductors, immigrants and octogenarians. Every day is Valentine’s Day in this profound, touching work of social anthropology.” —Los Angeles Times Magazine

 

“This gaggle of voices from all walks of life will have you giggling, crying, and muttering to yourself in alarmingly rapid succession...As one Kansas City autoworker who’s been married to his junior-high-school sweetheart for 65 years puts it, ‘True love exists. If you make it. It’s a true thing if you make it true.’ Amen.” —Elle magazine

“Funny, brutally honest, quirky, devastatingly painful, and hopeful all at the same time. Every story is a small movie I wish someone would make.” —Judd Apatow, writer, director and producer of The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Funny People

“It’s interesting reading this volley of love stories. One finds oneself comparing one’s own great love to each of these couples, thinking, ‘Oh, we’re a much better couple than them,’ or, ‘Gee, they seem to know a few things I don’t.’” —Ira Glass, host and producer of This American Life

“I love love, in all its permutations—gritty, glorious, courageous, clumsy, brutal and beautiful. US: Americans Talk About Love is the wisest, frankest, most entertaining book on the subject. The extraordinary stories in these pages illuminate the absurd wonder of the ever-hopeful human heart.” —Isabel Gillies, author of Happens Every Day: An All Too True Story

“This amazing book made me think of Walt Whitman, who asked ‘Who speaks of miracles? I know of nothing but miracles.’ Like the best of Studs Terkel, the detail and power of the voices in these pages remind us that a kind of miracle is unfolding every day, all around us.” —Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

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John Bowe

John Bowe has contributed to The New Yorker, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and This American Life, among others. He is co-editor of Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs, co-screenwriter of the film Basquiat, and author of Nobodies, a book on modern American slave labor. Visit the website for Us at ^http://americans-talk.com/us/

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Us
Americans Talk About Love
John Bowe

Trade Paperback

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Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
January 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780865479296
ISBN10: 0865479291
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 448 pages
$28.00

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Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
January 2010
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ISBN: 9781429936026
ISBN10: 1429936029
448 pages
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