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Whom Not to Marry

Pat Connor

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Prose: non-fiction, Family & relationships, Dating, relationships, living together & marriage, Weddings, wedding planners

Some people are NOT marriage material; Finally, a commonsense book of timeless advice about how to dodge partners who would ruin your happiness.

After yet another celebrity divorce preoccupying the American media, Maureen Dowd devoted her New York Times column to an unusual expert and his tips on how to spot your ideal husband: 79-year-old Catholic priest and marriage counsellor, Father Pat Connor, who has spent 40 years counselling and lecturing (high school seniors, mostly girls) on 'Whom Not to Marry'. Father Pat s distilled advice was the most downloaded article from the NYT that week and his wisdom quickly went viral and global. Father Pat then charmed America with his appearance on America s Today Show.

WHOM NOT TO MARRY, based on his popular lecture, is a welcome and wise collection of time-tested advice on how to avoid marrying Mr Wrong. Some of Father Pat s advice includes: Never marry a man who has no friends. Steer clear of someone whose life you can run, who never makes demands counter to yours. It s good to have a doormat in the home, but not if it s your husband. Is he overly attached to his mother and her mythical apron strings? Does he have a sense of humour? Take a good, unsentimental look at his family - you ll learn a lot about him and his attitude towards women. Ultimately, does he possess those character traits that add up to a good human being - the willingness to forgive, to praise, to be courteous? Or is he inclined to be a fibber, to fits of rage, to be a control freak, to be envious of you, to be secretive?

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Pat Connor

Father Pat Connor, a 79-year-old Catholic priest born in Australia and based in New Jersey, as well as spending nine years as a missionary in India. His decades of marriage counselling led him to distil common sense advice about how to dodge mates who would ruin your happiness, first into his lecture and then into his book.