This Valentine’s Day, Use Your Words!

What truly says “I love you” to your Valentine? A fancy dinner out? Good luck getting a table, or avoiding romantic indigestion as you navigate the desperate crush of other romance seekers. A box of chocolates? Hardly original, and not exactly helpful with our New Year’s resolutions. Do diamonds speak louder than words? Nope – not even close:

          Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
          Of princes shall outlive this powerful rhyme…

sonnetsWhen it comes to expressing your feelings, use your words. Or… borrow someone else’s! For millennia poets have spilled out their hearts on papyrus, parchment and paper, and into the air itself. From Sappho to Shakespeare, Ovid to Neruda, Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Mary Oliver, our shelves groan, sigh and sing with love’s burden, heavy as the heaviest heart, lighter than air. Here’s a list of just some of the books at your library packed with moving love poetry from all over the world, and all throughout the ages. Continue reading “This Valentine’s Day, Use Your Words!”

14 Hopelessly romantic love stories you haven’t read.

Somewhere in Time, by Richard Matheson.Just call us the Love Library. Our shelves runneth over with great love stories, such as Gone With the Wind, Wuthering Heights, The English Patient, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, A Sentimental Education, or Anna Karenina. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some romantic titles you may not have read.

  • The Last nude, by Ellis Avery
    A young American in 1920s Paris, Rafaela has had many men, but never a real lover until she meets the painter Tamara de Lempicka and becomes her muse.
  • The Actual, by Saul Bellow
    A lifetime ago, Harry Trellman sacrificed his heart on the altar of business. Now he has something few men ever get: a second chance with his first love.
  • The Other side of air, by Jeanne Braselton
    Lifelong loves Katy and Ephraim vowed ‘til death do us part, but Katy is having a hard time keeping that bargain now that she’s passed over.
  • The Ghost in love, by Jonathan Carroll
    Benjamin Gould should be dead, but something’s gone awry, and now his unemployed ghost has developed a serious crush on his girlfriend.
  • An Italian affair, by Laura Fraser
    When her own husband walked out on her, Fraser travelled to Europe and starts Beautiful Maria of My Soul, by Oscar Hijuelosup a globetrotting affair with someone else’s.
  • Beautiful Maria of my soul, by Oscar Hijuelos
    Hijuelos revisits the fateful love affair at the heart of his Pulitzer Prize Winning The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love through the eyes of Maria, the most beautiful and passionate woman in all Havana.
  • Somewhere in time, by Richard Matheson.
    Richard Collier and Elise McKenna are destined to be lovers, even though nearly a century separates them.
  • The Giant’s house, by Elizabeth McCracken
    Librarian Peggy Cort doesn’t have a lot of love for her fellow human beings, yet finds herself strangely drawn to outcast James Sweatt, who is quickly growing up to be the tallest man on earth.

Find the rest of our literature for lovers list right here in the library catalog, and tell us about some of your own favorite love stories here.