The 5 Best Books For Valentine's Day

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Go literary on your sweetie this year.

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, which means it's time to start thinking about gift ideas. And what better way to celebrate your love than with a good love story? We've rounded up the best of the best in VDay-book-land (yeah, it's a place).

1. Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan
In this historical romance, Horan takes you on a journey with a fabulous literary couple; Robert Louis Stevenson and his toughest critic, his wife Fanny. Their love affair takes them around the world, and in this blending of fact and fiction (drawn heavily upon from their actual letters), Horan paints a beautiful portrait of a man and woman getting a second chance at love.

 

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2. Still Life with Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen
This latest offering from the Pulitzer Prize winning Quindlen sucks the reader in from the very first. Photographer Rebecca Winter flees city life when she finds her career spiraling. Out in the middle of nowhere, she meets Jim, a roofer who shows her a world beyond the lens of her camera.

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3. Stella Bain, by Anita Shreve
For the history-buff in your life, go with Shreve's 17th novel. The eponymous Stella wakes in a French hospital in 1916, wearing a British nurse's uniform, speaking with an American accent, and with no memories of how she got there. Thus begins a journey to discover who she is, and what lies in her past. It is a tale of love, war and memory and is sure to entice.

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4. The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing, by Rumi
Going back (way back), we find Rumi's love poems. This collection of poems encompasses all kinds of love, from friendship to carnal. The late mystic's poetry is some of the most famous in the world for a reason. It is stunning, moving and a perfect reflection of what humans experience when they love.

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5. Foreign Affairs, by Alison Lurie
This stellar novel (winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize) explores the ways that love can change us. Virginia "Vinnie" Miner is a homely, somewhat lonely woman who despairs of the concept of love in its entirety. In London she meets and begins an affair with fellow American Chuck, and their lives are never the same.

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