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Modern Romance Hardcover – Jun 16 2015
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New York Times:
"A sprightly, easygoing hybrid of fact, observation, advice and comedy."
"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.”
“Entertaining and illuminating.”
“A hilarious, often unsettling account of what young singles go through as they search for love in the digital age.”
“A funny and scholarly examination of the 24-hour romance cycle.”
“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.”
“An engaging look at the often head-scratching, frequently infuriating mating behaviors that shape our love lives.”
“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.”
“This book is awesome.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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:
“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.”
“A social-science book that’s pleasant to read and a comedy book that actually has something to say.”
“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 Yorker, Rolling Stone, and This American Life.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Unique and interesting. Very relevant today and very few books discuss this topic in such non-textbook type of way. Love AzizPublished 11 days ago by Leor
The book arrived promptly and in good condition. The book is hilarious and I highly recommend it!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Funny, insightful, a great blend of humour and real world psychology explain why dating is so hard and yet so easy.
You'll learn something and have a great time as well
My wife read this and quite enjoyed it as we are fans of Aziz's stand up and his Netflix show. So I decided to give it a look and was impressed, Aziz has a smooth writing style and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michel Condoroussis
Funny and quick read. I recommend this to everyone, regardless of whether you're in a relationship or even looking for that special someone. Read morePublished 4 months ago by elboogie
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