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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press (June 16 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594206279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594206276
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

New York Times
"A sprightly, easygoing hybrid of fact, observation, advice and comedy."

USA Today

"With topics like online dating apps to serious social science research, the book is sure to have you laughing if not taking a few notes.”
 
The Guardian
“Entertaining and illuminating.”
 
Rolling Stone
“A hilarious, often unsettling account of what young singles go through as they search for love in the digital age.”
 
Boston Globe
“A funny and scholarly examination of the 24-hour romance cycle.”
 
Paste Magazine
“The book is an obsessive exploration of what makes hearts flutter and break across the globe, but most importantly, it dissects those ideas through the lens of a right-and-left swiping society. And as a result, Ansari’s final product doesn’t only feel complete—it’s hilariously executed, even without his unmistakable high-register voice belting the punchlines. At 250 pages, Modern Romance is a lean, pithy read that’s perfect to reach the tech-obsessed generation it explores.”

 Refinery 29
“An engaging look at the often head-scratching, frequently infuriating mating behaviors that shape our love lives.”

VOX: 
“With his first foray into the literary sphere, Ansari handedly accomplishes what he set out to do. Modern Romance provides insight into what people do to find love. He infuses their stories with his sass and parallels their shame with much of his own. On top of that, Ansari’s advice is easy to follow and backed with science and research. Modern Romance is the pinnacle of romantic guides — at least until a new dating app makes it obsolete.”

The A.V. Club 
“It’s hard to think of another celebrity book that also feels like breaking news… Aside from the jokes, the science of Modern Romance holds water, and is absolutely fascinating.”

Contexts
“This book is awesome.”


The  Source
“This book is essentially an Aziz Ansari standup routine in print form. His unique voice is present throughout the book. One reason that people love Aziz is his outlook on life. He has a funny way of refocusing seemingly ordinary things and zeroing in on very small details that most would not notice. He brings all of that and more to the table with this book. This book is informative, presents a lot of thought provoking topics and discusses them thoroughly. Paired with Aziz’s distinct voice, this book is even more endearing.”
 
The Daily Beast
“Funny, informative, and surprisingly earnest.”
 
The Atlantic
“Modern Romance reads like a CliffsNotes to relationshipping as it is currently experienced by (mostly middle-class, Ansari admits, and mostly straight) Americans. It’s the familiar stuff of research and sitcomedy, distilled into a funny, and highly readable, summary.”
 
Bustle
“You’re not going to find a traditional humor book. And that’s a good thing. Modern Romance is something a bit more unique: a comprehensive, in-depth sociological investigation into the ‘many challenges of looking for love in the digital age.’ Modern Romance gives an impressive overview of how the dating game has changed with the advent of cell phones and the Internet. But there’s also some practical advice peppered in there by Ansari himself.”

O, The Oprah Magazine
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“Even comedy phenoms get dumped. But when it was this Parks and Recreation star’s turn, he channeled the rejection into an extensive (and riotous) investigation of the current state of dating, going as far as recruiting an NYU sociologist to be his collaborator/wingman.” 

Bookforum
“A social-science book that’s pleasant to read and a comedy book that actually has something to say.”

Kirkus Reviews
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“The ever hip and funny comedian and Parks and Recreation star embarks on a surprisingly insightful exploration of the complex realities of dating today…. Ansari’s eminently readable book is successful, in part, because it not only lays out the history, evolution, and pitfalls of dating, it also offers sound advice on how to actually win today’s constantly shifting game of love. Often hilarious, consistently informative, and unusually helpful.” 

Natasha Gilmore,
Publishers Weekly: 

“Ansari, a comedian and TV actor, has co-written a book with a legitimate sociologist about what it means to date in the modern era. When technology and instant gratification are changing the landscape of human interactions, dating is weirder than ever, and I'm looking forward to Ansari's sense of humor and cultural criticism on the topic, which he's started to address in his stand-up.”

Steven Levitt, coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling Freakonomics
:
“Always-hilarious Aziz Ansari proves you can be smart and funny at the same time. Not only did I laugh my ass off, I really learned stuff. Where was this book when I was 22 years old? ”

Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Eating Animals: 
“Laughing is my second least-favorite thing in the world after thinking. This book was torture.  Not a page passed without an unwanted eruption of giggles or insight. Aziz is funny as hell, and smart as shit.”

Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; author of Reclaiming Conversation: 
“It's the voices that will have you reading this remarkable book in one sitting! The voices of old people who married someone who lived in their apartment building or the building next door and the voices of the young people who check out hundreds of romantic possibilities a night, with so much choice that choice becomes impossible. And then there is the voice of Ansari himself, funny, of course, but also deeply compassionate. This book defines serious fun.”

Dave Eggers, author of Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?: 
Modern Romance is just like Aziz Ansari himself—charming, thoughtful, reasonable, and able to distill the madness of the world into something both sane and wildly funny.”

Helen Fisher, Senior Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute; author of Why Him? Why Her?: 
“Ansari and Klinenberg elegantly capture the entirely new ways that singles communicate, court, and find love today. Modern Romance is a captivating read, with deep insight into history, science, and culture, and loads of wit and charm. Along the way, you may even collect some valuable tips for finding a soul mate.”

About the Author

Aziz Ansari is a writer, stand-up comedian, and actor. He currently stars in, writes, and directs his own original series for Netflix. At the time of publication, he was unable to decide on a title for his series. In 2014, Ansari became the seventh comedian ever to sell out Madison Square Garden in New York. His two sold-out performances at the legendary arena were filmed for his fourth comedy special, "Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden," which was released in March of 2015 on Netflix. For seven seasons, he starred as Tom Haverford on the beloved NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation with Amy Poehler and other great people. He has also appeared in several films including This Is the End, Funny People, and 30 Minutes or Less. He enjoys eating fresh pasta and watching multiple hours of critically acclaimed television dramas in one sitting.

Eric Klinenberg is a professor of sociology at NYU. He's the author of Going Solo (Penguin Press) and has contributed to The New YorkerRolling Stone, and This American Life.

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By Brian TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 13 2016
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As a student of sociology, I tried my best to be open minded about this book as I heard great things about it. In short, you really have to be a fan of Aziz and his brand of humour to appreciate this piece of writing. Unfortunately I'm not a fan and found it to be somewhat of a childish approach to an important subject. Though I enjoyed the sociological portions, the rest of this book left me feeling as though I was sitting through one of his stand up gigs. Needless to say, it was a dull, drawn-out read, and one that I was happy to finish and gladly re-gift.
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Great Read, very insightful, which may come across mean, but dude is hella funny, but if you've seen his standup you'd probably agree that he would not be my first choice for relationship advice. Luckily he teamed up with experts in sociology and psychology in order to provide some very relevant and helpful information that made me think a lot about my approach to becoming unsingle.

I couldn't help but read his sections in his voice, which adds to the hilarity. It's an easy read, and it was far cheaper on here than it was in Chapters... Thanks Amazon!
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This book provided me with an excellent explanation of the development of romance over the last few generations. Additionally, Aziz used his signature comedic stylings to accent his findings of the nature of romance in the modern world. This book not only communicates what the dynamics of romantic pursuits are like in today's world, but also the modes and methods that are being used to initiate and maintain relationships.
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This book was a fun read. It definitely has Ansari's "voice" to it - so if you're a fan, you'll enjoy it. What's different about it than other books by comedians is that this one is not a biography, but a well-researched book on the evolution of relationships and marriage. I found the research and findings very interesting.
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This book is hilarious and it's definitely a new favourite of mine!

This is the first book that I've read written by a comedian that's made me laugh out loud throughout the entire book. I haven't followed Aziz's work before but after reading this, I'm a fan and will watch, read and/or listen to anything this man puts out.

Going into this book I didn't know much about it. All I knew was this is written by a comedian, it's about modern romance and I love non-fiction so, I decided to give it a try. I think a lot of people went into this book thinking it would be about Aziz's personal journey at finding love and more of an autobiography of sort (at least all the readers out there that didn't read the dust jacket, myself included). But this is heavily researched, it talks about romance in general, in America and how different it is in different countries and Aziz's doesn't forget to include some personal stories of his own love life.

I'm a person that enjoys facts and connecting research and statistics and Modern Romance gave me just that. It connects the research and statistic on today's romance and the development of romance throughout the years and it was very interesting read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this entire book. Mostly because this book focuses on romance in America, which I enjoyed because I could relate, and Aziz also included a chapter on the "Investigation of International Love", which covered modern romance issues in other countries. Some countries including, France, Tokyo and Buenos Aires.

Modern Romance includes graphs and hilarious photos of people and text messages.

I'd recommend this to everyone. Anyone that wants a good laugh, interested in the development of romance, enjoys reading comedian books or is a fan of Aziz Ansari.
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Product came as mentioned, super quickly.

The book itself is okay. At first I thought it was very informative and interesting, but by not taking any «side», Aziz Ansari spends too much time forgiving everyone for the way the interpret relationships and romance. So in the end, you don't really have anything other than the weird sensation that you haven't really learned anything.
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I enjoyed hearing Aziz's voice in my head as I read. His comedic approach and language kept the topics light and amusing. Someone is simply reading you their own personal thesis - a self interest driven study and probably an excuse to write off some travelling expenses come tax time - yet it is still compelling and amusing.
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By lgm333 on July 21 2015
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I loved this book! It was very funny and made me chuckle to myself on more than a few occasions. It made a cross-country flight much more enjoyable.

It's centered around love and dating but you definitely don't have to be single and looking to relate to the topics.

You can't help but read it in Aziz's voice, which makes it that much better.
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