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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes...Review by the Doctor

About the book:
Have you ever gone to the "dark place" after a fight about who does the dishes more often? Do you worry that your job is destroying your marriage? Have you ever sat up at night, remembering how much more fun married life used to be?

Spousonomics, a book that offers a brilliant, fresh twist to standard relationship advice by showing how economics-yes, economics-is the key to a happy marriage.

Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson, journalists from
The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, present a radical new idea: Every marriage is its own little economy, a business of two with a finite number of resources that need to be allocated efficiently. With great wit, insight, and compelling stories from real-life couples, Szuchman and Anderson apply bedrock economic principles to some of the most common conflicts in domestic life.

Having taken an economics class in high school and, rather strangely, found it interesting, I figured this book, a combination of economics and marriage, would either be thoroughly entertaining and informative, or the literary equivalent of sodium pentathol.

Happily, I am able to report that this is a fun, intriguing, informative, entertaining and highly enjoyable book. How the authors manage to mix the two topics and make it work is truly remarkable and commendable. As someone who is been married for almost 15 years, I was able to recognize some of the situations and problems they discuss in the book. I can honestly say that I have a wonderful wife and, I think, a great marriage, but even so there were things I learned from this book. I think this is a book that you need to read as a couple, because it will stimulate some very interesting and thought-provoking discussions. What makes it really fun is that sometimes you will read a situation and feel like you are in the right, and then a few pages later read something and realize that in that situation you might be in the wrong, and often you are both--somewhere in the middle.

I highly recommend this book. If you are single, it will give you a good laugh at us married folk, and if you are married, you'll laugh at yourself and each other, and maybe along the way you'll pick up an idea or two about how to make your marriage better.

Thanks to Eric at Planned Television Arts for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Spousonomics here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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