With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Stephanie Coontz’s books include The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap and The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America’s Changing Families. She teaches history and family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
For most of history it was inconceivable that people would choose their mates on the basis of something as fragile and irrational as love and then focus all their sexual, intimate, and altruistic desires on the resulting marriage.