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Duped : double lives, false identities, and the con man I almost married

by Ellin, Abby,

Format: Print Book 2019.
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Summary
Abby Ellin was shocked to learn that her fiancé was leading a secret life. But as she soon discovered, the world is full of people who aren't what they seem.
From Abby Ellin's first date with the Commander, she was caught up in a whirlwind. Within six months he'd proposed, and they'd moved in together. But soon, his exotic stories of international espionage began to unravel. Finally, it all became clear: he was lying about who he was.
After leaving him and sharing her story, she was floored to find out that her experience was far from unique. People everywhere, many of them otherwise sharp-witted and self-aware, are being deceived by their loved ones every day.
In Duped , Abby Ellin studies the art and science of lying, talks to people who've had their worlds upended by duplicitous partners, and writes with great openness about her own mistakes. These remarkable stories reveal how often we encounter people whose lives beneath the surface are more improbable than we ever imagined.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After Ellin moves to Washington, D.C., to live with her fiancé, the Commander (as she exclusively refers to him) fortunately, before she actually marries him she discovers that he is not who he says he is, and his stories of "secret missions" are completely fabricated. She cannot believe she didn't see the warning signs, and she's ashamed of falling for it. But soon she discovers that she is not the only person to find herself in such a position. As a matter of fact, there are many stories similar to hers. Ellin features several of them here, delving into the world of duplicity, the psychology of lying, and we humans' generally trusting nature that makes us perfect targets. The author's hybrid of memoir and journalism works well for general readers, keeping things engaging and witty even as she misses the mark with some of her humor. A timely book for folks who wonder how we ended up in this post-truth world as well as readers of books like A Beautiful, Terrible Thing (2017) by Jen Waite.--Kathy Sexton Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Ellin, Abby.
Man-woman relationships -- Psychological aspects.
Deception.
Publisher New York :2019.
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description vii, 261 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-250) and index.
ISBN 9781610398008
1610398009
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