Just the Right Book Podcast: Marriage and the Art of Living Together

Courtesy of New York Times

We have heard these kind of stories a million times. I’m not understood. He doesn’t listen. She spends too much money. I think I married the wrong person. How could she betray me?

Are these midlife crises? Are they fatal flaws or are they a rough patch? On this week’s episode we meet Daphne De Marneffe, the author of The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living Together. She takes us through some of the major stressors of marriage like money and sex, and offers tips for couples who might be going through rough patches or want to avoid them.

Daphne is a licensed clinical psychologist offering psychotherapy to couples and individuals. She has a Bachelors degree from Harvard and a PhD in clinical psychology. As Roxanne puts it: “Her book provides, with courage and compassion, one of the best discussions, enlightenment and thought on marriage that I have read.”


Also in this episode, we hear from the patrons of RJ Julia who share what’s on their nightstand.

Books in this episode: 

The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living Together by Daphne De Marneffe

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani

The Daughter’s Almanac by Katharine Whitcomb

Attachment by John Bowlby

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

Water Works by Tanya Karen Gough



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Aisha K. Staggers
Aisha K. Staggers has been writing since middle school. She had her first major publication in her local newspaper's entertainment section while a sophomore in high school, a publication in another state paper followed. Aisha has been contributing to various paper, magazines and textbooks for over 15 years. In addition to her time as an instructor of social sciences in higher education, Aisha has served as a director of education and policy research centers, and on the staff of legislative commissions. Aisha previously served on the Executive Board of the CT Young Democrats Women's Caucus and has remained active in politics and public policy. She is an alumni of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT and Fisk University in Nashville, TN where she earned Bachelor's and Master's Degrees, respectively, and completed the South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program in 2008. Currently, Aisha is Senior Editor for BookTrib, a division of the literary public relations firm, Meryl Moss Media. In addition to her own work, Aisha will be writing the liner notes for an upcoming Prince tribute album and contributing a chapter to a 2018 scholarly work on Prince and the Minneapolis Sound.