Blue Truck Recommends: Books About Love

10 Feb

Valentine’s Day: at its core, it’s not about roses or candy hearts, grand gestures, pina coladas, or getting caught in the rain. Out somewhere beyond all that commercialism and making people feel bad, it’s about love.

(I think once upon someone even said, love is all you need, but I can’t be sure.)

Kicking off the first in a series, Blue Truck Recommends, here are my by-no-means-exhaustive suggestions for a few love-ly reads:

If you’ve lost some love…
Love is a Mixtape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield

If you want to lose some love…
Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross (reviewed here)

If love has been under your nose this whole time…
One Day by David Nicholls (sort-of reviewed here)

If you’ve got mad mama love…
Room by Emma Donoghue

If you’re having a rough time with this thing called love…
Say When by Elizabeth Berg

If you’re unsure whether marriage is compatible with love…
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert

If you want a little magic with your true love…
Petty Magic by Camille DeAngelis (read my interview with the author)

If you know that friendship is its own awesome love…
Sideways by Rex Pickett

If love is different than you remembered it…
You Lost Me There by Rosecrans Baldwin (read my review)

If you want love that inspires you to make tremendous discoveries…
Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss (review forthcoming, hopefully)

If you believe love can be both huge and tender…
The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken

If you really love your coworkers…
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

If you really love your grandmother…
The Night Journal by Elizabeth Crook

If you’re full of complicated familial love…
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (or anything by Jonathan Tropper, really)

If you believe in bravery and self-love…
Pretty is What Changes: Impossible Choices, the Breast Cancer Gene, and How I Defied My Destiny by Jessica Queller
The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank

If you know that “it’s complicated” is sometimes the only reasonable facebook relationships status answer to love…
Come Together by Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees

Happy Valentine’s Day, readers. But way more importantly: happy reading!

(photo credit to Keturah Weathers)


5 Responses to “Blue Truck Recommends: Books About Love”

  1. Camille February 10, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Aww, thanks! You do know the pina colada song is about two people in a relationship who both post personal ads (CHEATERS!) and wind up contacting each other, and then laugh it off?!

    I saw the Radioactive exhibit at the NYPL and I really want to read it. It looks like a beautiful book.

    • Sarah February 10, 2011 at 9:01 am #

      Of course I know. They’re still in love, aren’t they?!

  2. Becky February 10, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Ooh loved this post. Pun intended. You know sappy ol me. The library isn’t going to know what hit them.

  3. tysdaddy February 13, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    And, if you love cute monkeys l
    ooking for some mama love, try “HUG”. Best toddler book ever…

    And happy V Day to you as well.

    (Full disclosure: Stopped by to see if you’d reviewed Kevin Brockmeier’s latest …)

    • Sarah February 13, 2011 at 10:09 am #

      Thanks, Brian! Nope, I haven’t reviewed it because I haven’t read it yet. Have you? Is it as amazing as Brief History of the Dead? I loved that book. His new one is definitely on my list.

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