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Subject: Love Stories
Date Posted: 1/5/2010 8:24 AM ET
Member Since: 1/14/2009
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I'm responsible for proposing 3 - 5 books for my book club to choose from for our February meeting.  I'd like to focus on love stories, in honor of Valentine's Day, but I'm looking for books that are somewhat literary or substantive ... no bodice rippers.  If I hadn't already read them, The Time Traveler's Wife or Memoirs of a Geisha would be great examples of the kinds of book I'm seeking.  Does anyone have any suggestions? 

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 10:03 AM ET
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Ok -- I'll assume that Gone With the Wind is just too long. But there's always Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, or Austen's Pride and Prejudice -- not too mention Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

If the classics don't appeal to you, my book clubs loved:

1) A Pigeon and a Boy by Shalev - a beautifully written book that tells two entertwining love stories, one between two pigeon handlers in the years leading up to Israel's independence and one in present-day Israel

2) These Is My Words by Turner - a love story set in the 1880s in the Arizona frontier territory

3) Beneath a Marble Sky by Shors - a dual love story in 17th c. India, that behind the Emperor's creation of the Taj Mahal out of love for his wife and that of the Emperor's daughter's forbidden love for its architect

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 7:03 PM ET
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A Room with a View by E. M. Forster (although in a perfect world with all the time you want for reading I'd always go with GWTW)