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5 Best Valentine's Day Books, Brooklyn Style, for Him, Her, You & Teens

Give a Book for a Valentine's Day Gift (Heck, Buy One for Yourself)


5 Best Brooklyn-y Valentine's Books- For Him, Her, You & Teens

Of course! What's the best Valentine's Day gift for a certain kind of person in Brooklyn?


Books make great Valentine's Day gifts. Here are 5 best picks for sexy, funny, poignant Valentine's Day books, Brooklyn style.

After all, aren't we the most literary borough, and proud of it? Brooklyn's home to Paul Auster, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss, Jonathan Lethem, Jhumpa Lahiri, Rick Moody, and Colson Whitehead, and more. (But don't let it go to your head. Read Coleson Whitehead's New York Times essay,"I Write in Brooklyn. Get Over It".)

1. "The Lover's Dictionary" — A Young Adult Book for Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day Pick for a Book for Young Adults in Brooklyn

This is a good gift, a little sexy and oh-so-adolescently-true, for young adult readers. And talk about committed to Valentine's Day! David Levithan, author of this well-reviewed novel, published in 2011, told an Amazon.com interviewer that he wrote The Lover's Dictionary after twenty-three years of writing stories to send to his friends, each and every Valentine's Day. He was late one year, and out came a book! Read Amazon's interview with David Levithan, author of "The Lover's Dictionary".

Ideas for Kids Valentines Day

2. "Scenes from an Impending Marriage" — An Ironic Picture Book for Adults

Valentine's Day Pick for A Book for Engaged-or-Recently-Wed Brooklyn Couples

Not everybody takes Valentine's Day so seriously. For couples with a sense of humor who are in the marriage zone, consider a humorous gift of "Scenes from an Impending Marriage," by graphic novelist Adrian Tomine. Here's what Publisher's Weekly had to say about it:

"... a series of vignettes that present the often hilarious process leading to his marriage. From making the guest list to picking the reception hall, the book explores the sometimes absurd process of planning a wedding with biting humor and tenderness."  (Read Publisher's Weekly's full review)

3. "Shameless" — Sexual Discovery Memoir of a Middle-Aged Woman

Valentine's Day Pick for a Book for Single, Divorced, Hungry Brooklyn Women

Here's a book for dissatisfied women of whatever marital status, called:"Shameless: How I Ditched the Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure...and Somehow Got Home in Time To Cook Dinner."

As the title of wanna-be sex goddess Pamela Madsen's 2011 book reveals (sans striptease), it's the story of an overweight, middle-aged woman's journey of sexual discovery. The tale was shaped by the invisible editorial hand of Brooklyn co-author Anne Adams. Reviewers commend the "edgy quirkiness of the story." Brave ladies may wish to share this with their men. Perhaps better yet, give it to girlfriends for a good Valentine's Day cackle.

See also: Ideas for Kids Valentines Day

4. "The History of Love" — Brooklyn Author

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Valentine's Day Pick of a Book by A Brooklyn Author

Nicole Krauss' story-within-a-story book, The History of Love, is a well-reviewed novel with a most appealing title for a Valentine's Day gift. And hey, she's from Brooklyn! Buy it for yourself, or for your significant other. Read the New York Times review of a History of Love.

5. Pablo Neruda's "Love Poems" — Perfect for Brooklyn Literati and Latinos

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Valentine's Day Pick for a Book of Classy, Zesty, Love Poetry

Go for the classic: Love Poems by Chilean Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda. The originals were written in Spanish (Brooklyn's second language). Even the poem's titles are lovely and poetic:

I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
XVII (I do not love you)
Saddest Poem
I Like For You To Be Still
Don't Go Far Off, Not Even For A Day
Come With Me, I Said, And No One Knew

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