[amazonify]0684873257[/amazonify]In the United States, half of all marriages do not end in divorce–despite the interference of hell-bent lawyers, biased therapists, the media, and even well-meaning friends. The Divorce Remedy aims to increase this percentage by offering seven clear steps that couples–or even one hopeful spouse–can implement privately. A therapist herself, relationship expert Michele Weiner Davis accurately (and often humorously) shows how typical counseling and communications tactics backfire. Her method for saving a marriage involves an effective blend of subtle and obvious action steps, each taken in specific order. After a myth-busting lecture on the realities of divorce, Weiner Davis thoroughly outlines her simple plan. Intimidating discussion topics and emotional letter writing are not required; as she succinctly puts it, “happiness is a do-it-yourself job.” Poignant questions help readers define their own needs, set specific marriage goals, and monitor results. Weiner Davis pays special attention to issues of infidelity, depression, midlife crises, and “passion meltdowns,” showing how basic relationship skills (like understanding and patience) can reverse even the most dire marital scenarios. Clients’ stories and letters provide ample testimony for the program’s success, and despite her own zealous back-patting, Weiner Davis’s sensible approach to revitalizing one’s marriage seems truly worthy of praise and practice. –Liane Thomas –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.