Love-Book-575x300In a blogospherian effort to spread joy this season, I’m sharing a short list of recommended novels about… LOVE. If you’re a sucker for the free fall of amour, then this list (culled from a group of writers, including myself, who attended a one-day course at Richard Hugo House entitled “The Brutal Languages of Love”) is for you. Roxanne Gay, the charismatic author who taught the class on capturing sex and desire on the page, first asked us to introduce ourselves by way of sharing a much loved, love story. Because we writers often aspire to write what we’d most like to read, it’s safe to assume we composed a reasonably loveable list. A credible theory as all eight books have average ratings of four stars or more on Amazon. Personally, I’ve only read #7 and #8 (my own contribution and recent fave.) I hope to tuck a few more into 2014. Happy holidays and cheers to love.

1. All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy

2. Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres

3. The Princess Bride – William Goldman

4. The Lover – Marguerite Duras

5. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell

6. A Soldier of the Great War – Mark Helprin

7. Romeo & Juliet – William Shakespeare

8. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

If you have any fabulous books to add, please share the love.