TresSugarSource: Books to Give Your Friends or Lovers This Valentine's Day
When trying to find a Valentine's Day gift for your single partner in crime or current lover, there's a lot to love about books. They are sweetly simple, making them acceptable for a new man in your life. But books also can convey that you put a lot of thought into the present, since you can draw on how well you know your best friend or longtime love to find the perfect title to add to their bookshelves. We've rounded up some books on love, sex, marriage, and the single life that range from humorous to earnest. We hope they help you spread some love come Feb. 14.
- The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex : Comedian Kristen Schaal and her husband, Richard Blomquist, who used to write for The Daily Show, present a sexy guide appropriately titled The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex. Perfect for anyone who has a sense of humor about the bedroom, it includes sex myths and facts, vintage sex guides, and helpful information like various methods of contraception demonstrated on a banana.
- The Science of Kissing: Even a good kisser can learn a thing or two. The Science of Kissing provides a lesson in the evolutionary and cultural history of the kiss.
- A Jane Austen Education: Austen scholar William Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter intertwines the life lessons that can be gleaned from Jane Austen's novels and how they affected his own personal experiences.
- All There Is: Love Stories From StoryCorps: For almost a decade, Dave Isay and others behind StoryCorps have conducted over 30,000 interviews for the oral-history project. Some of these interviews have aired on NPR's Morning Edition, and all are catalogued in the Library of Congress. All There Is: Love Stories From StoryCorps highlights the everyday yet revealing stories on love and marriage from the vast collection.
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- Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love: "Never date a philosopher" is what nobody ever told me. But apparently these extraordinary overthinkers are exceptionally bad at romance, and Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love puts their thoughts on love together for a fascinating and funny read.
- The Science of Single: The Science of Single: One Woman's Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry, and Finding Love chronicles Rachel Machacek's attempt to date scientifically: committing one year of dating by every means possible.
- Much Ado About Loving: The long title of Much Ado About Loving: What Our Favorite Novels Can Teach You About Date Expectations, Not-So-Great Gatsbys, and Love in the Time of Internet Personals pretty much tells you what to expect. In the book, Jack Murninghan and Maura Kelly push aside the advice of self-help books, friends, and even psychiatrists, instead turning to timeless novels for relationship and dating wisdom.
- The Lover's Dictionary: YA author David Levithan takes on adult readers in The Lover's Dictionary. In it, a nameless narrator explores the complexity of love with 26 chapters, broken down by letters of the alphabet.
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- Neü Sex: Sasha Grey has become some kind of thinking-woman's porn star. In Neü Sex, she turns the camera on her world, showing us the daily grind of an adult actress.
- Girls in White Dresses: Jennifer Close's Girls in White Dresses follows a group of young women in the city who must deal with postcollege realities, relationships, friendship, and the disappointments of life not turning out quite how you expected it to. Sound familiar?
- No Cheating, No Dying: Elizabeth Weil gets real about relationships in her book No Cheating, No Dying: I Had a Good Marriage. Then I Tried to Make It Better. by telling the story of how she and her husband took measures to improve their pretty good marriage. This funny and honest book covers sex, money, in-laws, children, and more in relation to the crazy journey of marriage.
- Going Solo: In Eric Klinenberg's Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, the sociologist explores the growing single movement in the US and the many benefits of living alone.
- Paris: A Love Story : Journalist Kati Marton tells her own story of romance and loss in the the city of love in her memoir Paris: A Love Story. Très romantique.
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