Love is all you read! Theme books for Valentine’s Day
“Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney. Just in time for Valentine’s Day – a special, red cloth-covered edition of the children’s classic has been issued. As told by little and big nut-brown hare, this little story expresses the boundlessness of love between parents and children. It will touch hearts of all ages.
“Love Me” by Garrison Keillor. Garrison Keillor is a national treasure; “Love Me,” his first novel, is as funny and heartfelt as his “Lake Wobegon” radio program. The story follows the character Larry Wyler as he hits big with his first novel, leaves his quiet life (and wife) in Minnesota and heads to the Big A. When Larry’s second novel isn’t so successful, Larry ends up writing for his hometown paper in St. Paul as an advice columnist for the lovelorn. Fans of Keillor will not be disappointed with this keen, witty treatise on love and human nature, and may recognize many aspects of Keillor’s life in the book.
“Dark Lover” by Emily W. Leider. Silent-screen legend Rudolph Valentino will always be remembered for his hypnotic, swoon-inducing gaze. In this biography, the author delves into the intimate details of the actor’s short life and his rise to fame on the silent screen.
“Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This book may not be blockbuster pop-romance, but it is an outright classic and everyone should read it once. Imagine waiting 51 years, nine months and four days to be reunited with the love of your life!
“Love Untamed” by JoAnn Chartier and Chris Enss. Proving that love can conquer all obstacles, popular local authors Chartier and Enss explore the touching relationships of 13 couples from the early American frontier. These well-researched stories chronicle some of the most legendary romances of the West, and are fascinating and delightful to read.
“Love” by Toni Morrison. A book for book-lovers! Award-winning author Toni Morrison’s latest novel is a stirring tale which examines the complex emotion of love. Fans of the acclaimed author will find this book every bit as memorable as her previous works, and first-time readers will enjoy this story… less-complex but deep and powerful.
“Perfect Love” by Elizabeth Buchan. A sweet, romantic novel, “Perfect Love” is the story of Prue, wife, mother and stepmother to evil Violet. Violet returns to haunt Prue, but now Violet has a baby and a kind, caring husband named Jamie. Prue’s husband is much older; their marriage is fizzling. Suddenly Prue and Jamie find themselves utterly, passionately attracted to each other…sorry, you will have to read the book to find out what happens next.
“The Mastery of Love” by Don Miguel Ruiz. Long before Dr. Phil came along, a quiet visionary named Don Miguel Ruiz explored the true nature of our deepest emotion. Ethereal yet practical, Ruiz applies ancient Toltec wisdom to modern principles in his spiritual classic. And he won’t yell at you.
Compiled by Kim Carrow of Odyssey Books, 11989 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The phone number is 477-2856.
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