Finding herself single at age 40, journalist Lori Gottlieb said the unthinkable in her March 2008 article in The Atlantic: Maybe she, and single women everywhere, were holding out for a mythical Prince Charming when what might really make them happy is Mr. Good Enough. Her ideas created a firestorm of debate, leading her to investigate the question: What makes for true long-term romantic fulfillment, and are we looking for those qualities in a partner?
From culture to biology, Marry Him explores the dilemma that so many women today seem to face—how to reconcile the desire for a husband and family with a list of must-haves so long that many great guys get rejected out of the gate. A provocative romantic wake-up call, Marry Him asks us to look at ourselves and our belief systems about what it really means to be happily in love. Gottlieb is in conversation with Scott Stossel, Deputy Editor of The Atlantic.
Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and the New York Times best-selling author of Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough, a surprising look at modern love, marriage, and what really matters for romantic happiness. A New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, the book was an international best-seller and has been translated into 14 languages. A contributing editor for The Atlantic, Gottlieb has also written for such publications as The New York Times, TIME, People, Elle, and Slate. Gottlieb has been featured on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The Early Show,” CNN, “Dr. Phil,” “Entertainment Tonight,” Oprah Radio, and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.” She is a parenting expert for Lifetime Moms and contributes to NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “This American Life.” Her Atlantic cover story, “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy,” was the most widely recommended piece in the history of the magazine.
Scott Stossel is the editor of The Atlantic magazine and the author of the New York Times bestseller My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind and the award-winning Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver.