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Love Rules/Love Stinks, 2012

<p><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7012/6732165227_13681267e4_b.jpg" height="122" hspace="8" vspace="5" width="325" align="left" /><b><span style="color: #d52a61" _mce_style="color: #d52a61;">LOVE: It sure is complicated.</span></b> And no where is that better explored than in books. </p><p>Whether you're
ready to be swept up in a great romance, or can't wait until it's
February <i>15th</i>, you'll find plenty of great reads among our annual Love Rules/Love Stinks book recommendations (below). </p>

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Colin has two great fears: that he will never do something that matters, and that he will always be alone. Devastated after being dumped for the 19th time, by the 19th girl named Katherine, he and his only friend embark on his first-ever road trip, pursuing, finally, the idea that will leave his mark—an equation to accurately predict how long any relationship will last—while trying to finally let go of the idea of love.

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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$10.99
ISBN: 9780142410707
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - October 16th, 2008

Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare

Troilus and Cressida, on opposite sides of the Trojan War, are star-crossed true lovers—or at least, so they think. Marrying in secret, cruelly torn apart by the warring factions, they’ve pledged to love one another and stay true to the end of their days. Of course, how true can you be expected to be when you’re young, and living in a war? Love’s a fickle bitch, crueler than any war.

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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$8.00
ISBN: 9780812969313
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Modern Library - September 14th, 2010

In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) by Sarah Ruhl

Catherine is neglected, desperate about her inability to breastfeed, and the barriers her husband has put up to not see her unhappiness. She spends her days listening to the next room–where her husband helps other marriages, treating women’s “hysteria” by applying new electrical science in such a way as to induce “paroxysms.” Catherine, her husband, and the women in their house navigate dangerous waters of intimacy and sexual discovery, to seek equality, happiness– love.

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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$13.95
ISBN: 9781559363600
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Theatre Communications Group - November 16th, 2010

Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton

Love is an infinite resource, and the more you love, the more love you will receive in return. This is the central idea backing The Ethical Slut. Written from the perspective of two polyamorous women, this book encourages and guides you to explore your sexuality and relationships to become more confident, building happier and healthier relationships, always rejoicing in the limitless human capacity for love of all kinds.

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9781587613371
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Celestial Arts - March 10th, 2009

The Future of Us by [Jay Asher

It’s the mid 90’s, and when teens Emma and Josh insert their America Online CD-ROM, up pops a page called Facebook, telling their future, 15 years on. As Emma tries to change her future, Josh embraces his, and they find their friendship strained as they test the waters of destiny and try to figure out what the heck love is anyway. A great story with lots of fun treats for us 90’s kids!

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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ISBN: 9781595144911
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Razorbill - November 21st, 2011

The Shadow of the Wind

After finding a dusty book lost deep in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Daniel becomes obsessed with discovering the authors’ fate. As he delves into the past, he finds himself uncovering a web of deception and lies, all the while falling in love for the first time. This lyrically gothic tale unfolds on the misty streets of Barcelona, and tells of the desperate, heartbreaking madness of love, and more importantly, the thrilling love of books.

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143034902
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron

My resolution this year is simple, and therefore, difficult: love myself more. Re-reading this is my first step. The first time I read it, I felt an immediate sense of overwhelming relief, because I finally understood that I’m not crazy, just biologically different. If you’ve ever felt that being highly sensitive is a negative, read this, and let it show you how positive your trait really is, and how to thrive in an overwhelming world!

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780553062182
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harmony - June 2nd, 1997

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

“S. Morgenstern. Great Florinese writer. The Princess Bride.” “Has it got any sports in it?” “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.” “Sounds okay.”
Reviewed by: 
Andrea
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$10.99
ISBN: 9780156035217
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - October 8th, 2007

Dragonflight by Anne Mccaffrey

Born to protect their planet, dragons and riders share an unbreakable bond. When a dragon dies, the man becomes a broken shell, when a rider dies, so does his dragon. Rider to the new dragon queen, headstrong Lessa learns to adjust to her new home and responsibilities, while also learning to open up to love, the love of her man and the unconditional devotion of her dragon, because together, they are the planets only hope.

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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$7.99
ISBN: 9780345335463
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Published: Del Rey - May 12th, 1986

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

Most people are lucky if they find love that will last them a lifetime. Daniel has been in love for millennia, over the course of dozens of lifetimes. He perpetually seeks Sophia, a girl he rarely finds, who never remembers him, but will always fall in love again. Death, time, even true evil – these are mere obstacles for the love that gives you a reason for living, the love that finds who you truly are.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781594485183
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2011

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