Is He Good Enough?

Interesting book that was discussed on a radio show I happened upon. “Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough”, by author Lori Gottlieb.

To quote some of the description that I found on Amazon …

Suddenly finding herself forty and single, Lori Gottlieb said the unthinkable in her March 2008 article in The Atlantic: Maybe she and single women everywhere, needed to stop chasing the elusive Prince Charming and instead go for Mr. Good Enough.

Looking at her friends’ happy marriages to good enough guys who happen to be excellent husbands and fathers, Gottlieb declared it time to reevaluate what we really need in a partner. Her ideas created a firestorm of controversy from outlets like the Today show to The Washington Post, which wrote, “Given the perennial shortage of perfect men, Gottlieb’s probably got a point,” to Newsweek and NPR, which declared, “Lori Gottlieb didn’t want to take her mother’s advice to be less picky, but now that she’s turned forty, she wonders if her mother is right.” Women all over the world were talking. But while many people agreed that they should have more realistic expectations, what did that actually mean out in the real world, where Gottlieb and women like her were inexorably drawn to their “type”?

Hmmm. Am I, a single, unattached grandpa, good enough?

There is a 7 minute video interview of Lori at the Atlantic; I laughed several times while watching. You might also enjoy the commentary at the Toronto Star.

Here is a quote from the video…..

Gave up the 8 to hold out for the 10, and now they’re 40 and they can only get a 5.

Hmmm. What is my score?

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One Comment

  1. Dominic says:

    “Good enough”, is highly subjective.

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