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Modern Romance

Cover: 'Modern Romance'

Staff Review: "Modern Romance" by Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg


For those of you who aren’t familiar with Aziz Ansari, he is an actor (perhaps best known from Parks & Recreation) and a stand-up comedian, but this isn’t a typical book by a comic. The book was inspired in part by a segment of his stand-up routine and is filled with humor throughout, but it’s actually a carefully researched book that examines the state of romantic relationships in our modern, tech-savvy world. Ansari teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric KIinenberg to conduct focus groups throughout the US as well as Paris, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires. They also collected data through a Reddit survey. The result is a well-informed, thoughtful exploration of the state of romance and the new complexities that technology has added to an already complex equation. I appreciated the intelligence, humor, and big-heartedness brought to the topic and Ansari’s plea for all to remember the humanity of the people utilizing technology to pursue relationships and act accordingly. I listened to the audiobook, which is available through OverDrive and narrated by the author. I enjoyed the audiobook immensely and recommend it, but (as Ansari points out) there is a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to the graphs and charts that are in the print version, though you can always check out the print copy for the visuals.

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction

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