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Crazy Little Thing: Why Love and Sex Drive Us Mad

Crazy Little Thing: Why Love and Sex Drive Us Mad

Crazy Little Thing is a look at why we want to be in love and the burbling, boiling soup of endorphins, hormones, and neurotransmitters that spill from our brain to make us do things that would otherwise be viewed as insane. Investigative journalist Liz Langley traveled the country to research and interview singularly love-mad folks who maimed, murdered, and married. Langley reveals the science of love and lust, as well as very human stories: a spouse who can’t stop loving her criminally psychotic husband, even after he threw acid in her face; the sweet romance between alligator-skinned sideshow performers; and a man whose neurons drive his necrophilia. Langley reveals the control our chemicals have over us in a hilarious, confounding — and too strange to be anything but true — look at love.

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  1. Stephen Miller "schmacko" said,

    Wrote on July 20, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent, weird book!, February 8, 2012
    By 
    Stephen Miller “schmacko” (Orlando, FL, USA) –

    This review is from: Crazy Little Thing: Why Love and Sex Drive Us Mad (Paperback)

    Wanna know more about love and why it makes you act completely insane?

    Just so you know where I’m coming from: my close friends know that if they want share their art, I will be a critical and opinionated ass about it. If I dislike it, I will say this, and I will outline in detail and ad nauseum what doesn’t work for me. I can even be a jerk about it, pushing for changes I think will make it better – I really am a hateful person about this sometimes. My true friends have to put up with this or hide their art. If, however, I love the work, I feel deeply humbled and proud to say I know the artist. And then I become a cheerleader – still an ass, just a different kind of ass.

    I know Liz Langley, and I’ve always liked her writing a lot. Crazy Little Thing, though, goes from being witty and self-deprecating to being flat-out wonderful. I was amazed at the research she does into why we go off the deep end about romance and love. Then, there are her clever, pop-culture references and sly jokes. But the best part is how she finds the weirdest examples of what she’s talking about.

    I’m serious. I know so much more about the chemicals and electricity of the brain in love. But it’s even better when we can measure these against the woman who married a man who hired someone to beat her up. The thug threw lye in her face, blinding her, and after her suitor got out of prison, they STILL married! And then he cheated on her, and she STILL loves him!

    Langley also finds the circus oddities – like the man with alligator skin and the woman with excessive body and facial hair – who fell in love. Why them and not you or me?!?!?

    Finally, there are people who fall in love with corpse and inanimate object. I kinda get the latter, because I love this book.

    Honestly, you really HAVE to read this book. It reminded me of Mary Roach (Stiff, Bonk). I have no idea why this isn’t a bestseller. I’m serious, because if I didn’t love it as much as I do, I’d throw lye on it.

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  2. Marek said,

    Wrote on July 21, 2012 @ 12:24 am

    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    There is a part where the author quotes Star Wars to describe romantic attraction, January 25, 2012
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    Marek

    This review is from: Crazy Little Thing: Why Love and Sex Drive Us Mad (Paperback)

    This book explores all the questions about love we all have but never expect to find the answers to. Why do I feel this way about this person? Why does a certain type of woman seem to always fall for a certain type of man, and vice-versa? What are the real reasons we look for what we look for in a partner? This book doesn’t have definitive answers, but it provides enough case examples, words from experts, and thought-provoking ruminations that you just might be able to find your own. An absolute must for anyone who enjoys contemplating love, romance, and relationships.

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  3. Richard Gregor "dg" said,

    Wrote on July 21, 2012 @ 1:16 am

    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Sense from nonsense, November 28, 2011
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    Richard Gregor “dg” (amherst, NH USA) –
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    Buy this book if you want to find out how and when we fall in love. Forget why. It’s all chemistry. Great book, and a quick read with lots of real life questions and answers, like why do fools fall in love, and what does s(he) see in h(im)er? Congratulations on a well researched, readable story. Liz has made sense from non-sense.

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