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Reads We Love

Love. We celebrate it, we analyze it, we feel it, and we can’t stop talking about it. With broken-hearted ballads and sincere sonnets, romantic comedies and libraries worth of books, people continue to explore this theme that never loses relevance. As part of our retrospective Love STORY, we’ve curated reads that look at love from many different perspectives. Learn, laugh, and love with:

40 Days of Dating by Jessica Walsh & Timothy Goodman

In what began as an experiment between two single friends and became and internet sensation, this book compiles the questionnaires, photographs, videos, texts, and artworks of two graphic designers and long-time friends who decided to see if the old adage “it takes 40 days to change a habit” applied to their love lives.

How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People): Spiritual Advice for Modern Relationships by Lodro Rinzler Meggan Watterson 

Combining their perspectives of Christian Mysticism and Buddhism, the two authors and teachers provide spiritual seekers with a rich and fascinating dialogue about the natural cycles of relationships. Everything from sex, to self-worth, to falling in (and out) of love are explored with smart, funny insight intended to empower readers to approach their relationships with an open heart.

Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak edited by SMITH Magazine

As Ernest Hemingway demonstrated in his famous six-word “novel” – For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.  sometimes keeping it short and sweet is the most impactful. The editors of SMITH magazine crowdsourced this concept, bringing together hundreds of personal stories about the pinnacles and pitfalls of love from authors famous and obscure – each only six words long!

Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray by Helen Fisher

Tracing human family life from its origins in Africa 20 million years ago to the online dating and bedrooms of the modern world, this comprehensive scientific tour-de-force explores adultery, love addictions, broad chemically-based personality styles and what each seeks in romance, data on worldwide patterns of divorce, the sexual double standard, what brain science tells us about how to make and keep a happy partnership, and more biologically-informed insights about love!