Year 11, Book 43

43. Whatever…Love is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves by Maria Bello

Years ago I read an essay that Maria Bello wrote in the New York Times’ Modern Love column about being in a relationship with her best friend, a woman, and her son’s response when she finally told him being whatever, love is love. I enjoyed the essay so when I saw that she had expanded it into a book I added it to my to-read list. I finally did earlier this year after the NYT did a follow-up interview with her and I was reminded that this book existed.

The book is a memoir of sorts framed by the relationships Maria Bello has had both romantic and otherwise. The book was ok, but really the highlight of it is that initial essay. So I’d recommend looking that column up in the New York Times and probably giving the rest of the book a pass unless you’re really into Maria Bello. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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