A List about Love

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Celebrate the highs and lows of love with our short list for Valentine's Day. Featuring a few favorites from classic and contemporary authors, we have bestselling stories exploring all kinds of love and heartbreak for everyone.


Modern Romance

Aziz Ansari

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Actor and comedian Ansari and sociologist Klinenberg discuss their findings from a project to better understand dating in the twenty-first century. Research included focus groups across the United States, examination of online dating sites and periodical personal ads, and ways dating is portrayed in traditional and social media. 2015.

Bestseller, Sociology, Unrated Commercial Audiobook


Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

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A classic novel of social customs in late eighteenth-century England. Depicts the personality clash between Elizabeth Bennet, one of five daughters of a country gentleman, and prosperous, aristocratic landowner Fitzwilliam Darcy, which eventually develops into courtship. 1813.

Bestseller, Classic Literature


This is How You Lose Her

Junot Diaz

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Nine short stories by the Pulitzer Prize winner that deal with love in its varied forms. All but one focus on Yunior, a professor and writer, at different stages of his life. In "Nilda" Yunior reminisces about his brother's girlfriend. 2012.

Bestseller, Short Stories, Espanol DB077000


My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead: Great Love Stories, from Chekhov to Munro

Jeffrey Eugenides

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Twenty-seven short romantic pieces. Includes classic works by William Faulkner ("A Rose for Emily") and Anton Chekhov ("The Lady with the Little Dog") and stories by William Trevor, James Joyce, Vladimir Nabokov, Denis Johnson, Raymond Carver, and Alice Munro. 2008.


Outlander

Diana Gabaldon

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It is 1945. Frank and Claire Randall are on a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands, where Claire is studying rare plants and Frank is researching family origins. One day Claire steps into an ancient stone circle and is hurled back in time to 1743. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives. 1992.

Bestseller, Romance, Historical Fiction, Fantasy


Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth Gilbert

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Successful young author, recently divorced, seeks distraction and solace during a year of travel. She describes finding culinary pleasure in civilized Italy, ascetic meditation on an ashram in India, and a love affair in Bali. 2005.

Bestseller, Autobiography, Travel


Their Eyes were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

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This classic novel tells the story of Janie, a handsome black woman, and her three marriages: to middle-aged Logan Killicks, a prosperous farmer; to Joe Starks, a go-getter who makes Janie Mrs. Mayor Starks of Eatonville, Florida; and to Tea Cake Woods, who teaches Janie, at forty, the reality of love and happiness. 1937.

Classic Literature, Download Only


Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro

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An aging butler named Stevens, who has performed his job to perfection for more than three decades, reflects on his life. But underneath his controlled exterior lurks a passionate and romantic soul that has been quashed during his years of unblemished service. In the twilight of his life, Stevens learns what love is all about. 1989.

Award Winner, Bestseller, Psychological Fiction, Download Only


Me Before You

Jojo Moyes

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Working-class English girl Louisa "Lou" Clark is hired as an aide to wealthy Will Traynor, a former mogul who has been paralyzed since a road accident. Lou tries to keep the embittered Will engaged with the world, while Will encourages Lou to expand her horizons. 2012.

Bestseller, Disability Interest


The Notebook

Nicholas Sparks

An elderly man reads from a notebook to his wife, who has Alzheimer's disease. Gradually he unfolds the story of a couple who fell in love the summer after high school and were reunited by a fluke fourteen years later. But will his wife recognize her own story? 1996.

Bestseller, Romance

Short Stories, Literature


Just Kids

Patti Smith

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Singer/songwriter's memoir of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989). Smith (born 1946) reminisces about their 1967 meeting in New York City, where they lived together at the Hotel Chelsea, started their artistic careers, and befriended other creative types. 2010.

Award Winner, Bestseller, Autobiography, Music


The Paying Guests

Sarah Waters

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1922. Twenty-seven-year-old spinster Frances Wray struggles with the fact that she and her mother must take in lodgers to deal with her father's debt. When Frances develops a romantic relationship with the married Lily, events spiral out of their control. 2014.

Bestseller, Historical Fiction, Lesbian Interest, Unrated Commercial Audiobook