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maura kelly


Maura writes personal essays, profiles and op-eds. Her new book, Much Ado About Loving: What Our Favorite Novels Can Teach You About Date Expectations, Not-So-Great Gatsbys and Love in the Time of Internet Personals, is a hybrid of memoir, lit crit and advice column.

"David Foster Wallace may have been sympathetic to the just-published Much Ado About Loving in which the writers Jack Murnighan and Maura Kelly plumb great literature for relationship advice." — New York Times Book Review

"Much Ado About Loving is a clever, amusing hybrid of lit crit and relationship advice."
Publishers Weekly

"In this oddly enjoyable read, ... the authors tease out lessons for contemporary romance from classical literature. ... Probably the first time Virgil has been used for romantic advice, at least in this century — and that alone is an achievement." — New York Daily News

"Fans of the self-help genre expect humorless, spine-strengthening exhortation, not wit. Yet with their light prose, these two New York writers and friends ... manage to offer useful insights into finding love through classic novels like Howards End, War and Peace and Pride and Prejudice, among others. ... A treat for any book lover, happily mated or cheerfully single."
USA TODAY

"When seeking advice to bolster a love life more tragic than a Thomas Hardy novel, I shy away from current romantic self-help books .... Enter Much Ado About Loving." — Elle

"I find reading novels to be more entertaining than reading advice columns, so why not combine the two? Dear Jane instead of Dear Abby." — Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

"Maura Kelly's blog, A Year of Living Flirtatiously, is a frank, humorous, self-deprecating account of her travails on the front lines of dating." — The Frisky

"Maura can write an essay about her boyfriend's sexual fantasies that just cracks me up — and then turn around and write a piece about losing her mother that brings me to tears. Her writing is funny, sad and poignant. Really beautiful."
—Abby Pesta, editor-at-large, Marie Claire