Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine’s Day: She Said / He Said

From Christina Bernecker @ OverDrive

She Said– Alright girls, this one is for you. I’m about to talk L-O-V-E with you, because it’s this close to that one holiday some of us dread, some of us ignore, and some of us go all pink papier-mâché heart over.

We all want the love story we see in our favorite books. There’s nothing wrong with wanting it either, I’m pretty sure the endorphins caused by romantic feelings for another person increase life expectancy—so there’s a health angle if anyone needed one.
I wouldn’t say I’m a sucker for romance, but I’m definitely okay with it. I don’t expect anyone to write my name in the sky but it isn’t like I’m going to throw a fit if someone does either. In all honesty I’d probably cry like the emotionally charged human being that I am. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a little love
in your life, ladies! Adam say what you want to appease the boys, because yes the holiday itself might be a bit of a burden on their wallets, but c’mon fellas surprise us. Here are some stunning examples of gentlemen
getting it right! Go ahead girls, swoon away…
(Just in case, it’s C-H-R-I-S-T-I-N-A for any sky writers out there.)

The Notebook By Nicholas Sparks: Because you cannot talk about love and literature without talking about The Notebook. It’s the real kind of true love, the kind with heartache and obstacles, the kind that makes the moment we’re all holding our breath for that much more beautiful—when our duo finally finally get together.

The Third Angel By Alice Hoffman: Hoffman weaves a magical and stunningly original story that charts the lives of three women in love with the wrong men: Headstrong Madeleine Heller finds herself hopelessly attracted to her sister’s fiancé. Frieda Lewis, a doctor’s daughter and a runaway, becomes the muse of an ill-fated rock star. And beautiful Bryn Evans is set to marry an Englishman while secretly obsessed with her ex-husband. At the heart of the novel is Lucy Green, who blames herself for a tragic accident she witnessed at the age of twelve, and who spends four decades searching for the Third Angel–the angel on earth who will renew her faith. Brilliantly evoking London’s King’s Road, Knightsbridge, and Kensington while moving effortlessly back in time, THE THIRD ANGEL is a work of startling beauty about the unique, alchemical nature of love.

He Said–Thanks for that mushy opening Christina.  Not to turn this post into a Dr. Pepper 10 commercial but I’m a man.  I don’t like Valentine’s Day. The flowers die and the chocolates are overpriced. It’s a no win for men.  If you do something special, well, you were supposed to.  If you don’t, enjoy that dog house. What I now present is a list of books to make available for your male patrons out there. These should help get their minds off of pink hearts and messages written in clouds…

Got the Look by James Grippando
FBI agent Andie Henning is tracking a ruthless kidnapper plaguing South Florida, one who's out to prove that all human life can be valued in dollars and cents. But he has slipped through her net at every turn. This time he's taken the wife of one of the state's richest horse breeders and is asking a ransom of $1 million. The stakes go up when Andie finds the woman -- dead. Diamonds not included.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen There’s something magical about a story of a man against nature: Robinson Crusoe, or Into the Wild.  These stories have always fascinated me.  They are man at his most vulnerable, alone and dependent completely on himself.  Gary Paulsen brings this classic ‘man vs. nature’ battle back to the forefront with a stunning tale surviving the 54 days alone in the Canadian wilderness.

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