Economists Nancy Folbre and Jennifer Roback Morse stand far apart on the political spectrum, but their recent books (Folbre’s The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values and Morse’s Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn’t Work) offer complementary insights into economics, the family and love. On a superficial reading, they line up on opposite sides of the “culture wars” that divide American intellectuals, but a closer reading reveals that their differences are more apparent than real.