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5 Romantic reads

Lisa Steinke, with Liz Fenton, is the co-author of the debut chick lit novel l'll Have Who She's Having and the popular Chick Lit blog chicklitisnotdead.com.

Want more romance? Read these 5 books

If you want to up the romance in your relationship, curl up with your man and these timeless stories of love.

The 50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time
Edited by David H. Lowenherz Want more romance? Read these 5 books

If a picture speaks a thousand words, a love letter speaks a thousand more...

Even in this age of e-mail, faxes and instant messaging, nothing has ever replaced the power of a love letter. Much the way light displays every color when passed through a prism, love letters express the spectrum of our emotions, offering a colorful glimpse into the soul of the writer and of the writer's beloved. For passionate readers and lovers of words, a letter is irresistible.

Internationally renowned collector David H. Lowenherz sifted through hundreds and hundreds of historical and contemporary epistles and selected the most ardent, witty, whimsical, sexy, clever and touching letters for this inspiring collection. Unlike interviews or biographies, these letters give us marvelous insight into the lives of some of history's most famous lovers and provide intimate glimpses into the hearts of some, whose fervent or amusing expressions of devotion will come as a great surprise.

All There Is, Love Stories from StoryCorps
by Dave Isay Want more romance? Read these 5 books

In All There Is, Love Stories from StoryCorps founder Dave Isay shares stories of love and marriage from the revolutionary oral history project, revealing the many and remarkable journeys that relationships can take.

In stories that carry us from the excitement and anticipation of courtship to the deep connection of lifelong commitment, we discover that love is found in the most unexpected of places — a New York tollbooth, a military base in Iraq, an airport lounge — and learn that the course it takes is as unpredictable as life itself. As the storytellers in this book start careers, build homes and raise families, we witness the life-affirming joy of partnership, the comfort of shared sorrows, and profound gratitude in the face of loss.

These stories are also testament to the heart's remarkable endurance. In All There Is, Love Stories from StoryCorps we encounter love that survives discrimination, illness, poverty, distance—even death. In the courage of people's passion we are reminded of the strength and resilience of the human spirit. This powerful collection bares witness to real love, in its many varied forms, enriching our understanding of that most magical feeling.

10,000 Ways to Say I Love You, 10th Anniversary Edition
by Gregory J. P. Godek Want more romance? Read these 5 books

The small book with the biggest collection of loving ideas ever gathered in one place, now in a 10th anniversary edition.

This is the ultimate practical, giftable resource for couples, filled with 10,000 ideas for expressing affection. From the author of the phenomenally successful 1001 Ways to Be Romantic, "America's Romance Coach" Gregory J.P. Godek, 10,000 Ways to Say I Love You overflows with surprise ideas, back-to-basics classics that always work, and inspired twists on creative expression. Readers can express true affection with secret love notes, perpetual bouquets, secluded picnics, outrageous gifts... and 9,996 more ways to say "I love you." At one idea per day, this book will last couples 27.4 years!

This 10th anniversary edition offers fresh tips for today's world of texting and social networking, giving readers more reasons than ever to pick up this best-loved romantic collection.

The 100 Best Love Poems of All Time
Edited by Leslie Pockell Want more romance? Read these 5 books

Words of love... and seduction, heartbreak, adoration and passion. Here in this portable treasury are the 100 most moving and memorable love poems of all time, each accompanied by an illuminating introduction. Revisit the classics: "He Is More Than a Hero" by Sappho Sonnet 18," Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds" by William Shakespeare, "She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron. Enjoy old favorites: "To My Dear and Loving Husband" by Anne Bradstreet, "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear, "When I Was One and Twenty" by A. E. Housman. Make surprising discoveries: "Your Catfish Friend" by Richard Brautigan, "To Alice B. Toklas" by Gertrude Stein, "Valentine" by Donald Hall, "True Love" by Judith Viorst Carry. Take this book wherever you go. It's a perfect companion to read alone or to share with that special person in your life.

Love Letters of Great Men, Vol. 1
by John C. Kirkland Want more romance? Read these 5 books

When words of love do not come to you on their own, then read these letters. Complete, actual love letters of great men like Lord Byron, John Keats and Voltaire. Leaders like Henry VIII, George Washington and Napoleon, who wrote to his beloved Josephine, "I awake consumed with thoughts of you..." Artists like Van Gogh, Mozart, and Beethoven, who famously penned, "Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved... " Dozens of intimate letters, coupled with over a score of period illustrations. Plus fascinating biographies, and insights into the couples' relationships—how they got there, the obstacles they faced and what happened next. Poet warriors, from the first through the twentieth century, including: Ovid, Sir Walter Raleigh, Goethe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Leo Tolstoy, Victor Hugo, Shelley, Robert Browning, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, Pierre Curie, George Bernard Shaw, Jack London, Admiral Peary, Woodrow Wilson, and many more.

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