False Love and Other Romantic Illusions: Why Love Goes Wrong and How to Make It Right

Stan J. Katz, Author, Aimee Liu, With
Stan J. Katz, Author, Aimee Liu, With Ticknor & Fields $17.95 (344p) ISBN 978-0-89919-538-4
Reviewed on: 09/01/1988
Release date: 09/01/1988
Katz, a clinical/forensic psychologist in Los Angeles, and Lui, a freelance writer, describe their own romantic mistakes and present case histories exemplifying the consequences of falling in love with love's counterfeit. On the premise that everyone wants lasting partnerships that elude many people today, the authors warn against obvious traps: succumbing to ``love at first sight''; clinging to fairy-tale notions of happily-ever-after, etc. The guide covers an almost overwhelming variety of incompatible relationships that serve as cautionary tales to readers looking for Ms. or Mr. Right. But the advice on pursuing ``the quest for true love that speaks sic to us all'' is abecedarian, much the same as in other books on the subject. The final sections itemize a 10-point plan on identifying potential mates and a 10-point plan for making love work after a sincere commitment. $50,000 ad/promo; first serial to Glamour, Cosmopolitan and New Woman; author tour. (September)
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