Are you aching for a good love story this Valentine’s Day? Here’s a few suggestions from our lovable staff…
Cristina loves Jane Eyre by Charolotte Bronte
My favorite love story of all time, or the one that stands out in my mind as a story that I read over and over both in italian and english is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It is a love story for all ages. I am quite certain that if I picked up that book today I would love it with as much fervor as I did as a teenager. I remember staying up late into the night imagining Rochester arriving at Thornfield Hall, in the dark, with his horses and dogs. I was carried into a different existence in the pages of this book, the domineering Rochester, the independent Jane, coming out of her miserable childhood, the fire, the crazy wife….it was almost too much for me!
My other love story which I would like to mention, though the book is not being released until june of this year is Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann.This a very different love story and some may not even consider it one. It is a restless soul syndrome type of story. I will give you one sentence from this magnificient 600 page novel “Whoever he was, he was inside- like a bullet, lodged.” I am 450 pages in and finding a gem on each page. A sentence to be said out loud, a paragraph to be read three or four times, a quote I find myself writing down for a friend. I think I will cry when I read the last page.
Melanie loves Love Medicine by Louise Endrich
Love Medicine is a series of short stories about the healing power of love in different forms. A Native American voice guides you through this powerful collection in the form of a story cycle.
Suzanne loves The Little Flower King by Kveta Pacovska
The Little Flower King is a great kids book about a king who believes in what he does and who he is. He finds love by doing what makes him happy.
Dani loves Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
My friend Courtney loaned me her copy of Written on the Body and that was it. Winterson swept me off my feet. This is a story of love, real love, painful, heartwrenching, life changing, unforgiving love. The narrator falls for a married woman who’s entire being is broken into cherished segments and described to you with some of the most beautiful writing I’ve ever read.
Lizzy loves Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
A classic, for obvious reasons. Heathcliff and Catherine haven’t been expressing their passionate but thwarted love for over 150 years because this book sucks! Oh no… it’s because this book is amazing! And, as Dani has already stated, it has a rocking new cover.
For a love story that’s worth hunting down…
The Vagabond is a story about a woman who has begun a new life on her own and her struggles between her need for independence and the lures of love and comforts of marriage. Colette writes with exquisite detail about what it is like for this woman to make the right choices while battling with all of her intense emotions. Yo.
Erin loves The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie