Khris Sellin's Reviews > Us: Americans Talk About Love

Us by John Bowe
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May 22, 2011

it was amazing
Read from May 15 to 22, 2011

Loved this book. It's a series of interviews with people living in the U.S., from all walks of life, talking about L-O-V-E. Some of them are sweet, some sad, heartbreaking, funny, cute, crazy, infuriating, amazing...

It starts off with a 5-year-old girl talking about her great love, Lukey, and how he disappointed her. "He lied to me. He said he could hold his breath for three days and three nights. And he really didn't do it. That's impossible."

Then there's the teenage girl who is hung up on that one guy and he seemingly systematically dates all her friends before noticing her and ultimately ends up breaking her heart. Most of us can relate. If we can remember back that far.

And the couple from Cambodia who were randomly chosen to live together as man and wife by the Khmer Rouge. If they didn't obey this order, they both would've been killed.

It ends with Betty Anne May, 80 years old, talking about how lucky she was to have found two great loves - her husband of 24 years, Bill, who died of cancer, and after that her boyfriend of 12 years, Ed. They were completely different men in every way but she found joy & love with each of them. But now she's done. She's happy on her own. "I've had a varied life and a good life. Another piece of ass isn't worth the problems!"
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Khris Sellin Thanks for the recommendation, Michelle - I'm loving it so far...

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Lisa Gotta love an 80-year old woman that uses the term "piece of ass."

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