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    The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today

    Andrew J. Cherlin
    Vintage, 2010

    This book by a leading American sociologist, Andrew Cherlin, gives a host of excellent data on current marriage and divorce patterns. Among its points, it mirrors my belief that a difficult 21st-century issue is how to balance our human drive for commitment and our taste for autonomy.

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    Marriage, a History: from Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered Marriage

    Stephanie Coontz
    Penguin Books, 2006

    This book by a leading historian, Stephanie Coontz, gives myriad facts and a sweeping history of that subject dear to us all: love. She smartly shows how and why marriage has changed more in the past 100 years than in the past 10,000.

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    Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

    Eric Klinenberg
    Penguin Books, 2013

    Sociologist Eric Klinenberg has written a compelling book about the huge number of men and women who live alone for long periods of time (yet are hyper-connected) in societies as different at Japan, Sweden and the USA. I would add that at no time in our long prehistory did people live alone. This is an entirely new social phenomenon—with many ramifications.

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    As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl

    John Colapinto
    Harper Perennial, 2006

    This is one of the most important books I have ever read, perhaps because I am an identical twin. It is a vivid and tragic account, showing how little most people understand about sex, gender and human nature. Colapinto gets to the heart of the nature/nurture controversy and overturns decades of psychological research.

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    Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior

    Peter B. Gray and Justin R. Garcia
    Harvard University Press, 2013

    This book is everything you ever wanted to know about sex--from theories of female orgasm to gender differences to sex as we age. It’s an elegant anthropological and evolutionary romp through all of the newest data on humankind’s oldest fascination: sex.

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    The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature

    Geoffrey Miller
    Anchor, 2001

    Miller’s book picks up where Darwin left off—explaining the evolution (by sexual selection) of almost all of our human intellectual triumphs—from our human moral virtue to our math acuity, musical intelligence and sense of humor. As Miller says, “The mind evolved by moonlight.”