CrazyLittleThingThis Is Your Brain on Love


By Liz Langley
Viva Editions, $15.95, 255 pages

Liz Langley had me at the point on page two where the psychiatrist was explaining the brain to her and she observed “I can’t help thinking of Hoarders and my brain insisting ‘No! I’m keeping my prehistoric ability to kill a rabbit with a rock. It’s perfectly good and I might need it one day!’” From there on, strange facts on love, like that love happens in one-fifth of a second, and there are lesbian albatrosses, had me as hooked and crazy as any high school crush to know more.

“Love is Mother Nature slipping you a roofie.

Crazy Little Thing: Why Love and Sex Drives Us Mad: How Your Hormones and Neurotransmitters Make You Do Really Stupid Things is as hilarious as it is informative. Langley touts her work not as a “how-to” but more of a “guess-what!” She loves discussing love, analyzing love’s ability to elevate and destroy, and the chemical and hormonal soup that explains our wacky behavior. Langley’s enthusiasm for the freaky, funky, and just plain weird aspects of love and relationships is infectious and buoys the reader along on the rollicking, roller-coaster ride that is our brain on love.

Reviewed by Axie Barclay

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