Staff Favorites: Love Stories

Friday, January 27th, 2017

With Valentine's Day coming up, we thought it might be an appropriate time of year to share some of our staff members' favorite love stories.  Of course, we've got a very eclectic group of readers on staff, so their selections are just as unique. 

From adorable and charming to heartbreakingly beautiful, these love stories span the full spectrum of relationships.  What better gift for your special someone this February 14th?

The Gift of the Magi Cover Image
By O. Henry, P. J. Lynch (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763635305
Availability: Available to ship immediately
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 9th, 2008

O. Henry's classic story of love and sacrifice.  Recommended by Jodie.


Xo, Ox: A Love Story Cover Image
By Adam Rex, Scott Campbell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626722880
Availability: Available to ship immediately
Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 3rd, 2017

An adorable love story that's perfect for any age.  Recommended by Peter.


The Five Love Languages - Bible Study Book Revised: The Secret to Love That Lasts Cover Image
$18.25
ISBN: 9781415857311
Availability: Available to ship immediately
Published: Lifeway Church Resources - August 1st, 2007

Though perhaps not a love story in and of itself, Gary Chapman's exploration of romantic expression is designed to help readers tell real-life love stories of their own.  Recommended by Jodie.


Longbourn Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345806970
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage Books - June 17th, 2014

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice gets a twist with this love story: that of Sarah, the Bennets' housemaid.  Recommended by Toni.


Lit Up Inside: Selected Lyrics Cover Image
By Van Morrison, Eamonn Hughes (Introduction by), Van Morrison (Editor)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780872866775
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: City Lights Books - October 28th, 2014

For some love stories, prose just won't do.  Recommended by Peter.


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Swimming Lessons Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781941040515
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Published: Tin House Books - February 7th, 2017

A different kind of love story, told in retrospect through letters a vanished wife leaves for her husband, Swimming Lessons will be released just in time for Valentine's Day!  Recommended by Jack.


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Outline Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374228347
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 13th, 2015

A love story in relief, the narrator's story is told in contrast to the people she meets.  Recommended by Toni.


Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781560971160
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - January 17th, 1993

What begins as a man's search for his estranged wife quickly becomes a descent into an increasingly bizarre underworld.  Recommended by Christopher.


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Alexander Hamilton Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143034759
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2005

History might seem an unexpected place for a love story, but the devoted, complex, and sometimes rocky relationship between Alexander Hamilton and his wife Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton is all the more poignant for being true.  Recommended by Caitlin.


Written on the Body Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679744474
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage Books USA - February 1st, 1994

A nameless, ungendered narrator serves as a canvas to explore many forms of love.  Recommended by Jack.


The Fault in Our Stars Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780525478812
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

A quintessential romance, this story of star-crossed lovers is as heartbreaking as it is captivating.  Recommended by Caitlin.


The Robber Cover Image
By Robert Walser, Susan Bernofsky (Translator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780803298095
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 1st, 2000

The robber of Robert Walser's last novel is both a hapless and artful thief--in the reading of his farcical adventures and romantic flings, readers might well find he's also stolen away their notions of what is real and what is only imagined.  Recommended by Jake.


Geek Love Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375713347
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - June 11th, 2002

The Binewskis are a family circus-sideshow geeks whose lives are anything but ordinary, but despite their physical oddities, the forces that drive them are entirely commonplace: love and loyalty.  Recommended by Christopher.