Valentine's Day Books To Give and To Get

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'How to Tell If Your Boyfriend is the Antichrist' by Patricia Carlin

This tongue-in-cheek guide to ditching liars, cheaters and scumbags identifies more than 70 types of potential boyfriends (the player, the guy who's married with children, a cult leader) with advice on who to keep who to toss. (amazon.com)

'Are You My Husband?' by Rachel Carpenter and Sarah Bereckzki

An adorable paraody of the children's classic, Are You My Mother?, this adult adventure follows Little Chick who, deeply worried about her "eggs," goes in search of a husband. (amazon.com)

'Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Eat, Pray, Love author's follow-up memoir begins after her love affair with Felipe, the Brazilian she met in Indonesia. The couple, still madly in love, swore never to marry. But when the U.S. government intervenes, telling Felipe he can never re-enter America, Gilbert must toy with the idea of marriage. (amazon.com)

'How to Speak Fluent Lovey Dovey in 11 Languages in 24 Hours' by Karen Salmansohn

Planning to fall in love with a foreigner? Pick up this hand lettered and illustrated gift book on the international language of love. (amazon.com)

'Get Laid: 152 Ways to Seal the Deal' by Amanda Hunter

Decode body language, cook a "seal the deal" dinner and tie someone up with this handy guide to getting it on. (amazon.com)

'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte

Curl up with the ultimate gothic romance in Penguin's gorgeous cloth hardcover. (amazon.com)

Love Journal

Quotes about love and friendship cover the pages of this romantic journal. (chroniclebooks.com)

'Love Letters of Great Men' by John c. Kirkland

Inspired by the fictional book that appeared in the first Sex and the City movie, this incredibly romantic collection contains love letters from Byron, Keats, Voltaire, van Gogh and others. (amazon.com)

Our Love is Here to Stay Postcards

Send your sweetie a postcard from Brooklyn design studio enormouschampion's love-themed accordian collection, printed with silver metallic ink. (amazon.com)

'Shakespeare's Love Sonnets' Illustrated by Caitlin Keegan

Twenty-nine of the bard's most romantic sonnets get charming illustrations in this delightful collection. (amazon.com)

'All There Is' by Dave Isay

Heartwarming stories of love and marriage from the groundbreaking oral history project. (amazon.com)

'Missed Connections' by Sophie Blackall

In her first book for adults, artist Blackall illustrates the "missed connection," the often far-fetched, but decidedly romantic, attempt by one stranger to reach another through classified Internet ads that epitomize the idea of "what if?" (amazon.com)

'Radioactive' by Lauren Redniss

You don’t need to be captivated by the periodic table to girl crush on chemist extraordinaire Marie Curie, whose life and loves are illuminated in this hand-designed coffee table tome. It's a one-part biography, one-part artwork and all parts original. We’re not kidding: the cover actually glows in the dark! (amazon.com)

'All for Love' by Laura Stoddart

A beautifully illustrated book of quotes from Dorothy Parker, Sappho, Byron and others. (amazon.com)

'The Dot and the Line' by Norton Juster

First published in 1963, this delightful love story (about a straight line who pines after a beautiful dot) gets to the heart of relationships--both human and mathematical. (amazon.com)

'The Look of Love' by Jennifer McKnight-Trontz

The appeal of Fabio—as well swashbuckling sailors, naughty nurses and dashing dukes—is explored in this lusty history of the covers and stories of romance novels. (amazon.com)

'The Cookie Sutra' by Edward Jaye

This witty guide to baking inspired, of course, by the Kama Sutra, features a gingerbread couple in various states of undress. There are recipes for "Pounding the Spot," which requires the suppleness of freshly rolled dough as well as "The Pair of Tongs," which allows the woman to be open, free, sweet and crunchy. (amazon.com)

'The New InterCourses: An Aphrodesiac Cookbook' by martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge

Create some heat in your relationship with help from this sensual cookbook, which includes 85 delicious, heart-melting recipes. (amazon.com)

'Wedding Bell Blues' by Michael Barson and Steven Heller

A lighthearted look at marraige in pop culture. (amazon.com)

She Laughted at Love Valentines

Anne Taintor's iconic vintage images adorn these girly greeting cards. (chroniclebooks.com)

 

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First Published January 17, 2012

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