An exploration of marriage values, within and outside United States, as well as author's personal take on marriage
Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Drink, Pray) had vowed she would never marry again, especially after a very painful divorce that left her feeling drained and depressed. This book focuses on her evolving and changing views about marriage and
commitment, highlighted by contrasting traditional American views with those of other cultures. In the process, she explores marriage throughout history.
However, this is not a thesis or research study but the result of one woman's personal views about marriage and how she opens her heart (and mind) to the possibility of marriage. I found it fun to read and learned plenty about marriage throughout history. For those who are serious history buffs, the info would probably be "history lite" but I'd suggest this to anyone contemplating marriage.