February Book Club: Stories to Make You Fall in Love with Love
One of the great joys of reading is that it allows you to escape – if only for a short time – your own mind and briefly enter the headspace of someone else. No matter what your current relationship status is, love stories, both happy and sad, provide a great opportunity for that kind of fantasy. If you're coping with heartache, it can help to read about someone else going through a similar situation. If you're feeling lonely, they can provide a needed dose of hope. And if you're attached – well who doesn't enjoy a good love story?
In this season of love, we've rounded up some books and stories that have provided that needed escapism for us, courtesy of McNally Jackson.
"Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell
Who can forget their first love? This story about a couple of teenage misfits who are committed not just to each other, but the idea of lasting love, is a sweet, beautifully written and humorous tale. Order Now.
"A Long Petal of the Sea" by Isabel Allende (translated by Nick Caistor, Amanda Hopkinson)
The masterful writer Isabel Allende tackles big themes in her latest book, which follows a reluctant couple thrown together after fleeing their home during the Spanish Civil War. Though the novel is a love story at its core, it can also provide some very timely lessons about persevering through adversity. Order Now.
"The Kiss Quotient" by Helen Hoang
How many kisses is the right amount? It may seem like a strange question, but not to the protagonist of this wonderful novel, which follows a young woman with Aspergers who is determined to understand love and hires an escort to help her on her quest. We especially recommend for fans of Netflix's "Love on the Spectrum." Order Now.
"Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption"
If the truth is what you're after, then we heartily recommend this collection of stories from the beloved New York Times column. Covering everything from heartache to once-in-a-lifetime success stories, this collection will make you believe in the power of love in all forms. Order now.
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