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True Love

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,068 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
The beloved author of the modern classic book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten now tackles life's most mysterious, joyous and most confusing topic -- love. An irresistible collection of real-life love stories, mixed with Robert Fulghum's own quirky insights and unmistakable homespun observations, True Love tells the many unpredictable tales of love. Here ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 7th 1998 by HarperTorch (first published 1997)
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Esther Warnke oakes
Sep 10, 2012 Esther Warnke oakes rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful collections of love stories, even though most of the stories told are not love stories in the common use of the phrase. It's a feel good book with anecdotes on every aspect of love.
Nov 01, 2014 Rav rated it liked it
The collection of stories in this book is admirable, however I only enjoyed a few of the stories. Love is a topic very dear to me, and a lot of my life and ethics are based around the idea of romantic love, and I must admit, my personal values and biases unfortunately influenced my enjoyment of the book.

On the positives, it is a very easy book to read; light reading, with numerous happy stories of love. There is a good mixture of stories, ranging from childhood puppy love, to deep emotional con
Jess Driscoll
Apr 27, 2008 Jess Driscoll rated it liked it
page 4: People sometimes said they had a story but needed to get permission from someone else before they could share it. One example was a middle-aged man in suit and tie, carrying the Wall Street Journal both times I met him. The second day he came back to give me a pale blue envelope--perfumed--the kind used for personal correspondence. He said, "Before you read this, you should know that I've had it for at least ten years, that it's from my wife, to whom I am still married." Inside the envel ...more
Theresa ♫
May 03, 2012 Theresa ♫ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fellow humans in search for a varied assortment of love stories
Yup, I read through all of these stories! I didn't skip a single one!

WHOOOOOOOO HOOOOO my first Robert Fulghum book! I've been wanting to read a book of his since I saw this huuuuge picture frame in my biology classroom.
It was the main article of "All I Really Needed To Know, I Learned In Kindergarten". MY FAVORITE ARTICLE EVER!

So anyway, this book...this book...this book...
Is pretty short.

It's made up of these short love stories (short meaning "2-4 pages long each") that have been sent to the a
Michael John
Eh... That pretty much sums this one up. The fact that money from the sales of this book go to Habitat for Humanity earned the book it's second star. Most of the stories were pretty forgettable. The one that stands out in my mind was about a student who tracked down the former owner of a used textbook and became friends with her. She was much older but in the end she said if they both had been the same age, they might have gotten married. You see, as I have gotten older, I have found that love i ...more
Sep 09, 2009 Jenny rated it liked it
Imagine PostSecret, but more than just a sentence, and without pictures.

Robert Fulghum invited people to tell him true love stories - not stories they'd read about, but stories they had experienced. He's compiled a group of them for this book. The stories are short - a page or three at most, and cover all different aspects of love... the beautiful and the painful.

It's a great book to pick up and set down - the stories taken all at once are a bit overwhelming. That being said, I read it in two
Aug 03, 2012 Tony rated it it was amazing
I'm changing my review! I decided to re-read three of Fulghum's books that I had not liked at first. This is one of them. 15 years later, I'm finding that I really missed the boat on this little gem. Unlike Fulghum's other books, this is a compilation of stories sent in by readers / fans of his previous books. These stories are short, true essays on everyday people's experience of love. Some are touching...some are heart-warming...some are heart-breaking and most put a smile on your face. I'm gl ...more
Jul 03, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
One of the few authors who can truly write for any age. I love everything about this book, especially his method of collecting the stories. As with all of his books, it's something you can read starting in the middle, put down for a month, and come back to start somewhere completely different. And every bit that you read makes you feel more human and more content. I always feel like I have truly gotten "it," whatever it is, after reading Robert Fulghum.
Oct 06, 2014 Anthony rated it really liked it
Having come out of my first real relationship, I've naturally gravitated towards anything love related. Experiencing love as I had in this relationship was like no other experience I've had before, and it's left me intrigued/enchanted/enamored with the feelings and concepts of love (both positive and painful). This book was the perfect choice for me given my mindset. Fulghum relates personal anecdotes from all sorts of strangers, from toddlers to seniors, about love in all of its manifestations. ...more
Claudia Harrington
Oct 02, 2008 Claudia Harrington rated it liked it
I wish I could give it 3 and 1/2 stars but I can so I gave 3. 4 would be to many for my own taste. But at the same time how do you rate other peoples experiences. This book has a bunch of "True Love stories" written or told by ral people some of them cute, some suprising and some very endearing. It very entretaining. If you like to read stories you'll like this book.
Nov 02, 2009 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stand-alone
Love this book still read it to this day. It opened my eyes to many forms of love. It also helped me to look for love is the strangest of places.
Aug 25, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the many little tales of love. Not all of them were romantic love, and that made it interesting. So many different ways to define the same word.

In honor of this book, I am going to share my own love story:

My husband and I met at a wedding in Dallas. At the time, he lived in Houston and I lived in Littleton, CO -- After the wedding we each headed back home (despite being engaged ourselves - but that is another tale). Three weeks go by. I have heard nothing from my new fiance with th
Jan 07, 2015 Simone rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A cute, funny collection of love stories told to the author, and an interesting look at the different ways people define love. I mostly just picked up the book because it contains one of my favorite quotes about love (which I've seen mistakenly attributed to Dr. Suess many, many times):

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.
Jessica Gultom
Jul 06, 2013 Jessica Gultom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saya betul-betul menikmati kisah-kisah cinta yang dimuat didalam buku ini.

kisah cinta yang mengharukan, mendebarkan, unik, lucu dan bahkan sangat singkat benar-benar mengubah pandangan saya secara keseluruhan.

kisah-kisah yang disuguhkan didalam buku ini benar-benar membekas dalam hati saya. bagaimana saya bisa lupa cerita cinta mengharukan yang tumbuh diantara lansia dipanti jompo (salah satu favorit saya), atau kisah tentang seorang wanita yang merasakan perasaan bahagia saat melihat pria asin
Christie Bane
Jan 06, 2013 Christie Bane rated it it was ok
To get the stories for this book, this guy sat outside a coffeeshop with a sign that said he would buy people coffee if they would tell him their love stories. Then he took those stories and turned them into this book.

I have read a better collection of love stories than this one, though I can't remember the name of it. The thing I didn't like about this one was that about half of them seemed to be stories about what I would NOT consider true love. Things like, a crush on the woman who makes your
Sep 01, 2012 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful collection of short stories that Robert Fulghum has gathered, some told to him over a cup of coffee, some sent to him anonymously, all dealing with a type of love that’s been experienced. After reading this collection it's amazing to find how that one little word inspires different emotions amoung all who it touches and how they decode that feeling.


It evokes different reactions among people we know, among the strangers we pass on the street. While some of these stories
Jan 27, 2016 Carambs rated it it was amazing
This is full of wonderful stories of love. We need to read this kind of books once in a while. I do believe in the song - "all you need is love".
Lisa Kislingbury Anderson
Sep 10, 2014 Lisa Kislingbury Anderson rated it really liked it
Lovely stories about love with reflections by the editor. Put me in a great mood each time I picked it up.
Hannah Allison
Jul 30, 2015 Hannah Allison rated it it was amazing
I need to read this one again
Sep 17, 2014 Faith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There were a lot of stories that I wasn't crazy about, but it was a quick read, and there were enough good ones that it was worth it. (I definitely recommend the advice about only reading a few at a time.)
Elesa Hagberg
Apr 27, 2011 Elesa Hagberg rated it really liked it
This book was still very Robert Fulghumy, but about about Love, and I really liked it. Best of all, at the end of the book they asked for more love stories to be submitted by readers to possibly be published in a sequel book, and I submitted one! I was 19, I think, and very much in love with some guy who didn't care two shakes about me. Ha! It makes me laugh whenever I think of it. What a funny memory for me.
Mar 07, 2010 T. rated it really liked it
"My dearest Harry: I hate you, I hate you, I hate you. Respectfully, with all my love, Edna."

I bought this book when I was so much younger and impressionable. But the stories do stand the test of time, and youth, and idealism, and the world. Which is why this book matters, and why I will still read it, years from now, after I have been battered and bruised and got the shit kicked out of me by love.
Danijel Brestovac
Nov 21, 2013 Danijel Brestovac rated it it was amazing
Iskrena ljubezen

str. 70- ljubezen se nikoli ne konča - vedno ostane nadaljevanje ali upanje nanj.

Str. 89- vsi smo malo čudni. In tudi življenje je malo čudno. In ko najdemo človeka, čigar čudaštvo je združljivo z našim, se mu pridružimo in zapademo v skupno čudaštvo, ki nas zadovoljuje - in to imenujemo ljubezen - iskrena ljubezen.
May 31, 2013 Pam rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is a slightly different road Mr. Fulghum took, but I enjoyed it! If I recall, he asked people to tell him a 'love story', then he would proceed to give us his thoughts and comments. Simple idea, but because of the author, it was just as priceless as his previous writings.

Dome ^O^
Oct 03, 2007 Dome ^O^ rated it it was amazing
It's a collection of love stories from many people. There're wonderful, lovely stories in this books. This is the book you will love. Each story has its own charm and memory. You'll love this book like me,check it out!
Mar 26, 2008 Kattie rated it it was ok
You'd be better off finding a chicken soup book on love stories...they're a little more consistent, though the project of finding some of the best love stories seemed like it was a good idea.
Jun 23, 2010 Tami rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read
i read the large print version and with these disconnected pieces it was a little more challenging to enjoy the book as much. but right before my wedding this weekend, the perfect thing to read.
Aug 12, 2007 Kevin rated it really liked it
Shelves: life
This book is a good one to give to young kids getting married. My wife and I read it some time in the first year of our marriage, and it really helped get over some rocky spots.
Slow Symphony
Mar 07, 2013 Slow Symphony rated it it was ok
sometimes i wonder if these stories were real ... especially the couple who married after 15 years after a random encounter that didn't last too long ...
Gina Kearney
Oct 12, 2012 Gina Kearney rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all-time favorite books! I read snippets of this book over and over again, whenever I want that warm fuzzy feeling. :)
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“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” 19759 likes
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