February Newsletter - The Love Issue: Writing Contest, Christopher Moore, Maeve Binchy, Alain de Botton, and Jamie Ford

Posted by Elizabeth on February 10, 2009
Dear fellow Goodreaders,

This month our newsletter explores the concept of love. We asked writers which books about love influenced them, and we combed through thousands of your reviews to find out which books on this theme capture your fancy. Love is such an illusive concept, a chimeric state of mind, that it is impossible to categorize. Some authors, like Alain de Botton, described books that are erudite, even somewhat obscure. Others, like Maeve Binchy, called out old favorites such as Antony and Cleopatra. Christopher Moore reminded us that he loves his own book, because "Can a whole village of crazy people, off their meds, find love despite the fact that a sea monster disguised as a double-wide trailer is eating them?" And then we have debut author Jamie Ford, the product of a mixed-race marriage, who has written about color-blind love.

It's always inspiring to be reminded that love has no boundaries. We hope you find a book from our newsletter that will remind you of your first heart-palpitating crush, desperate heartache, or long-awaited reunion. Happy Valentine's Day!

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With love (of course),
The Goodreads Team

P.S. Expect a redesign of the newsletter next month!

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message 2: by Janeen-san (new)

Janeen-san HI!! GOODREADS TEAM! Will you consider making half-star ratings?!

message 3: by Nubia (last edited Feb 11, 2009 06:11AM) (new)

Nubia Helen Fisher, Walter Riso, Leo Buscaglia are the authors that had writen the most wonderful books about love that I have read. And I recently found Robert Sternberg's book (Love is a Story) with a new theory that is very interesting. Also, the erotic novels by Vargas Llosa and Erica Young are colorful and revealing.

message 4: by Julie (new)

Julie Failla Earhart glad to see Jamie Ford's novel had gotten your attention....it was the best debut i'vre read in years

message 5: by Janet (new)

Janet I just finished Jamie Ford's debut novel also and while impressive, the recent book that touched me the most is another debut novel, The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson.

message 6: by Md (new)

Md Hi every body
From what book can i get the real love, can u say

message 7: by norman (new)

norman Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities is the greatest love story ever written.

message 8: by Julie (new)

Julie Failla Earhart Julie wrote: "glad to see Jamie Ford's novel had gotten your attention....it was the best debut i'vre read in years"

ohhh, i'll look for davidson's book.....what about the writing contest? I can't seem to find any info on that...

message 9: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Julie wrote: what about the writing contest?"

Join the Contest group for more info:

message 10: by norman (new)

norman Oh Tori, to be loved like Sidney Carton loved.....you would be so lucky....so frankly I don't give a damn.

message 11: by Mx (new)

Mx The best book about love is Judy Blume's "Forever"

message 12: by Weedy (new)

Weedy best love story for me..."love story" by Erich Segal, "love means never having to say, you are sorry."

message 13: by Jussay (new)

Jussay I have to agree with Christopher Moore. There's nothing quite like a love that sucks the humanity out of you - quite like real life.

message 14: by Steve (new)

Steve I don't want to be reminded.

message 15: by Z. (new)

Z. Janeen-san wrote: "HI!! GOODREADS TEAM! Will you consider making half-star ratings?!"


message 16: by Philip (last edited Feb 12, 2009 04:23PM) (new)

Philip Lee On Valentine's Day Eve, don't give up on love. Join the Second Chance Love group. http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1...

message 17: by Keyanah (new)

Keyanah That is SO cool!

message 18: by Philip (new)

Philip Lee I think the link above is working now. Sorry about that.

message 21: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth The best love story I have read in ages is "Evidence of Things Unseen" by Marianne Wiggins - the story of a long marriage, with wonderful characters and great context.

message 22: by Dahar (new)

Dahar hi pl your picturs

message 23: by norman (new)

norman The Revolution is for the love of France, and to think of what men will do for love....

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