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From Confucius learning the Golden Rules of dating to Simone de Beauvoir considering bangs after breaking up with Jean-Paul Sartre, comedy writer Julia Edelman presents a hilarious spoof relationship guide-- brought to life with charming illustrations by Hallie Bateman-- made up of philosophers' love letters, advice columns, and breakup letters. Based on Edelman’s New Yorker article, “Excerpts from Philosophers’ Breakup Letters Throughout History”, Love Voltaire Us Apart is funny, smart, and refreshingly original.


Named on Splitsider's BEST COMEDY BOOKS OF 2016, and Flavorwire's 10 MUST-READ BOOKS FOR NOVEMBER.

Expand your mind, increase your sex appeal, and laugh yourself silly with Julia's great new book.” —Bill Oakley, The Simpsons

Love Voltaire Us Apart is eerily reflective of my own existential romantic limbos I often find myself ruminating. It is comforting to read a book which captures the modern love dilemma with minimalist insight and humor!”—Reggie Watts

“This book combines all my favourite things: crushes, French literary theorists, and the illustrations of Hallie Bateman. Reading it is like having your smartest friend take you out for too much wine during a break up, plus there is a portion that re-imagines The Wedding Singer with Sartre in the role of Adam Sandler. A real delight.” Monica Heisey, Broadly

"I 'Kant' recommend it highly enough!" Beth Newell, Reductress

Love Voltaire us Apart is so non-stop hilarious it enrages me..... Even the footnotes are highly entertaining. To sum it all up, I believe it was the great philosopher Descartes who said: I think therefore am I right ladies?" —Andy Kindler

"With warmth and whimsy, Edelman breathes new life into the often too-somber philosophical canon. Bateman’s expressive illustrations compliment perfectly for a playful and thoughtful book." —Matt Lubchansky, The Nib