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Love Rules / Love Stinks 2013

<div align="center"><img hspace="7" vspace="5" src="/files/santacruz/love-rules_love-stinks.jpg" height="188" width="500" /><b></b></div><div align="center"></div><div align="center"><font size="2" color="#800000">Love sure is complicated--and nothing captures that truth more than books. Here are some of Bookshop Santa Cruz staff's favorite books about the agony and ecstacy of love.</font></div><div align="center"></div><div align="center"></div>

The Odyssey by Homer (trans. Robert Fagles)

One thing is certain: love is epic. Sometimes love means traveling for ten years across stormy seas, facing furious gods, ravenous cyclopses, and terrible, magic-wielding witches. On Odysseus' journey to return to his lady-love in the aftermath of the Trojan War, he faces all this and more! If you view love as an adventure, The Odyssey is the book for you.

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The Odyssey: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Homer, Robert Fagles (Translated by), Bernard Knox (Introduction by), Bernard Knox (Notes by) Cover Image
By Homer, Robert Fagles (Translated by), Bernard Knox (Introduction by), Bernard Knox (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780140268867
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Penguin Classics - November 1st, 1997

The Sublime Engine by Stephen & Thomas Amidon

Forget about pumping blood or keeping your body oxygenated—the heart has another role as the mythic hub of romantic emotion. Throughout history, this powerful organ has frequently been an equally powerful symbol for love—which, perhaps, is what really keeps the life flowing through our veins. In The Sublime Engine, the Amidons discuss the heart from every possible perspective, wittily elucidating why it has captured our collective imagination for centuries.
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A Thousand Days in Tuscany by Marlena De Blasi

Passion and enchantment are masked as mere words in this true tale of a woman, whom after meeting her true love late in life, moves with him from Venice to Tuscany, Italy. The author, along with her blueberry-eyed stranger experience more than just romantic love in their tiny adopted village—they fall in love with place, time and their daily meals. A beautiful, heart-warming and delicious read.
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A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure By Marlena de Blasi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345481092
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Ballantine Books - September 27th, 2005

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Love is tricky. It can be daunting, painful, and overwhelming. For these times, there is Sugar (aka Cheryl Strayed), an advice columnist like no other. Drawn from her own experiences, Sugar’s responses are full (both in length and content), bluntly honest, and utterly heartfelt. This is a not a book to devour in one sitting, but one to savor, a few letters at a time, whenever you need it most. I really, really love it.
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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar By Cheryl Strayed Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307949332
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012

The Heart Broke In by James Meek

Ritchie is a washed-up rock star and a serious lecher with a penchant for selfishness. His sister Bev is a brilliant research scientist risking her health to develop a malaria vaccine. Her two suitors vie for her affection, utilizing completely different philosophies and tactics. This is not a heartwarming love story, but the twinge of doubt and despair makes for great rumination. Meek's characterization of loves many forms is intriguing—equal parts desirable, desperate, tragic, and hopeful.
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The Little Book of Heartbreak by Meghan Laslocky

The Little Book of Heartbreak is, despite its name, a fun and informative read. It begins by chronicling the history of love from the Middle Ages through modern times, then dissects failed relationships, from real life to film and literature, and asks what we can learn from them. Meghan Laslocky's friendly, upbeat style makes the study of heartbreak a delight.
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The Little Book of Heartbreak: Love Gone Wrong Through the Ages By Meghan Laslocky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780452298323
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Plume - December 31st, 2012

The Bond by Wayne Pacelle

We won't all have a Valentine this February, but that doesn't mean there won't be someone at home keeping the bed warm. Playful when you are, comforting when you're down, unconditionally loyal—what more could one ask for from a partner? Be it human or animal. The Bond reminds us that love comes in many forms—and sometimes the most satisfying, dependable, and nurturing relationships we have are those with our pets.
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The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them By Wayne Pacelle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061969805
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 3rd, 2012

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

It’s easy to get swept up by Gabaldon’s Outlander. I mean, Scottish highlands, bandits, rebellion, Nessie, time travel, steamy sex, kilts, and sword fights… how could I not like it? But this book is more than just sensational plot devices—Claire and Jamie’s story is a beautifully crafted romance played out on a meticulously researched historical stage. A book that defies genre classification, it’s my go-to for restoring my faith in the power of love.
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Outlander: A Novel By Diana Gabaldon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440212560
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dell - June 2nd, 1992

How to Think More About Sex by Alain de Botton

Snicker if you must, but admit it: Sex is important! To paraphrase David Brooks, women need love to have the best sex, and men need sex to fully experience love—so, yup, it's all tied together in one big messy bundle, and in his ever-entertaining way, de Botton wants to tell us why, how, what we can do to have more of both, and how to feel better about all of it. Yippee!
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All There Is by Dave Isay

Since 2003, StoryCorps has been documenting the oral histories of people who might otherwise never have the opportunity. In this new collection, StoryCorps asks people to share their stories of love-—from found, lost, and found at last. Some stories are profoundly heartbreaking, while others offer a rare glimpse into real happily-ever-afters. A great read that may inspire you to record your own love history.
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All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps By Dave Isay (Editor), Dave Isay (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Dave Isay (Editor), Dave Isay (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143123026
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Penguin Books - December 24th, 2012


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