Writing and Reading About Marriage

January 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm , by

committedI was eager to read Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage, for a couple of reasons.  First, I’ve been married to one husband for many years and thought I’d find the subject matter pretty fascinating.  But the biggest reason was that I totally adored Gilbert’s last book, Eat, Pray, Love, and I couldn’t wait to read more of her work.  I just finished it, and I’ll say this: Committed is not Eat, Pray, Love.  Though Gilbert’s writing is lovely, the topic just isn’t quite as engaging. Still, I did pick up a few fascinating tidbits about marriage that I thought I’d share:

• Couples who wait until they’re 26 years or older to marry are less prone to divorce than younger couples.

• Married men live longer, accumulate more wealth, excel in their careers and are happier than single men.

• The better educated you are, the more successful your marriage will be.

• Marriages where the man and woman regard each other as equals tend to be more stable and happier.

If you want to hear more, pick up the book.  Like I said, it’s not Eat, Pray, Love, but it’s still worth reading.

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