Daniel Jones, author of Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (With the Help of 50,000 Strangers) (William Morrow), has edited the “Modern Love” column in the New York Times since its inception in October of 2004. His other books include two essay anthologies, Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion and The Bastard on the Couch: 27 Men Try Really Hard to Explain Their Feelings About Love, Loss, Fatherhood, and Freedom (William Morrow) and a novel, After Lucy (William Morrow), which was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. An engaging and enthusiastic speaker, Jones is an excellent keynote speaker for schools and universities, women’s conferences, literary festivals, and corporations.
In Love Illuminated, Jones explores love’s enchanting beginnings to its golden maturing and every stage in between through the stories and anecdotes of the approximately 50,000 people who have sent him their essays and letters over the years. Love is the thing we all want, and Jones, who edits a column on love and relationships and receives thousands of stories on the subject, has heard it all. In Love Illuminated, he draws on this wealth of material to create a lively, engaging, funny, and enlightening journey through this universal experience that jangles the head and stirs the heart.
Jones’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Elle, Parade, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, Harper’s Bazaar, and elsewhere. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with his wife, writer Cathi Hanauer, and their two children.
Praise for The Bastard on the Couch:
“[The Bastard on the Couch] is meant in part for men like Jones--decent, self-analyzing men who are doing their best to assist in the stewardship of household and families. It will be consumed . . . by the women who keep their company.”
-- New York Times
“Daniel Jones rouses superstud writers such as David Gates and Anthony Swofford to pound their spears and try to ‘explain their feelings.’”
-- Vanity Fair
“Well-written, very thoughtful essays on the interior lives of men and dads, explorations of places where men have not always wished to go for fear of what they might find. Go there with them. It’s worth the trip. ... funny ... also remarkably honest and poignant.”
-- Hartford Courant
“Like an afternoon in the forest beating drums . . . but with an emphasis on humor and information”
-- Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Provocative…for any woman who has stared at her significant other and wondered what thoughts and feelings were percolating inside his psyche and soul, Bastard offers some thoughtful answers.”
-- USA Today
“Provides a bird’s-eye view into the male brain.”
-- Chicago Tribune
“A bittersweet book, and the logical counterpart to last year’s more vitriolic The Bitch in the House…. That doesn’t mean this is a knee-jerk ‘he says’ response to the angry sentiments of Bitch. Rather, it’s a mostly thoughtful, sometimes baffled exploration of everything from the (false) notion of egalitarian marriage to why men lie (and always will). ”
-- Montreal Gazette
Praise for After Lucy:
“I raced through After Lucy, completely hooked, laughing out loud, delighted and enthralled. Porter Ellis is a hip, funny quasi-Everyman, hapless and grieving, but also smart, witty, and self-aware. The dialogue crackles, so deft and palpable it felt at times as if the characters had leapt from the page. Daniel Jones is an amazing writer, and this is a wonderful book.”
-- Kate Christensen, author of In the Drink
“It takes a writer as intelligent and witty as Daniel Jones to find opportunity in bereavement. After Lucy is as warm and charming and moving as it is eccentric--the story of a man determined to find something life affirming within the rapture of grief.”
-- Helen Schulman, author of The Revisionist
"After Lucy is a dear story, a heartfelt adventure which shows a new facet of family and feeling in the turbulent wake of a terrible loss. Daniel Jones imbues his travelers with true vulnerability and his story rings with tenderness and rue. These are good people and their tough, surprising story makes a remarkable book."
-- Ron Carlson, author of The Hotel Eden
"Affecting and wise."
-- Vanity Fair
"Filled with moments of tender significance."
"A moving story of love and loss all that comes between."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"A sweet, funny, and intelligent novel."