The Truth

The Truth

An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

Book - 2015
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An ultra-successful pickup artist chronicles how he met the one woman who forced him to choose between her and his lifestyle--a decision that forced him to confront his past and exposed how conflicted his life had become.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Dey Street Books,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780060898762
0060898763
Characteristics: 421 pages : illustrations

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jasonjeffery
Jul 18, 2016

Hilarious! Kept me enthralled from beginning to end.

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rnorris2929
Jan 03, 2016

It seemed that Neil Strauss had it all. He became a renowned pick up artist after he wrote The Game. Then he tried a committed monogamous relationship and cheated on what turns out to be his true love. Because of that, he goes to sex addiction rehab. That's the first third of the book. At first he tries to heal himself. Then he goes on a sexual odyssey because he believes their is nothing wrong with him, and he wants to find a way of living that suits his desires to both have sex with a lot of people, and be committed. As they say in the book he wants to have his cake and eat it too. A lot of sexual experimentation follows, and he finds that he is still unhappy. With the help of his friends, Rick Rubin, and his sex therapist Lorraine, he eventually comes around, realizes that he really is damaged and goes through extensive therapy to improve himself. He winds up with his true love at the end, and has seemingly matured into a healthy man with a healthy perspective on life.
I found the struggle he went through to be relatable, in so much as you replace his sex addiction and risky behaviors with your own demons. If you can put yourself in his shoes this book can give you at least an outline and case study on how you can work to improve yourself, attain a healthy mindset and life, and do what a lot of us need to do, which is become an adult and as he puts it in the book: be your own parent.
It's pretty tawdry. Some of these underground sex groups are almost hard to believe, but you know, it's LA.
Look for cameos from Orlando Bloom, Corey Feldman, and Seth Macfarlane. Feldman's cameo is particularly surprising/interesting. I won't spoil it here, but let's just say even though is career is in the toilet, he's still leading a life that most men would kill to experience, at least for a little while.

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iliveatthelibrary
Dec 27, 2015

I am disappointed with this book. I have to say I gave up on it, and I didn't want to because the writing is good. I just don't really care about Neil's 'mommy' issues which seems to be taking up the crux of the book.

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MintyFreeze
Dec 19, 2015

I've read most books by Neil Strauss. This one is as intense and over-the-top in it's exploration, as his others have been. There are some real nuggets of wisdom. A few startling discoveries about his past. As well as some in-depth introspection that I felt bogged down the pace of the book.
A suitable book for people in monogamous relationships who would like a chance to live vicariously through the adventures of Mr. Strauss. As well as for people who struggle to stay committed and are seeking a self-help book.
All said, I would recommend this book. Not like anything else out on the market.

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