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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sunday Celebrations

Today marks the happy joint celebration of Valentine's Day and the Chinese New Year. We have just the books for your festivities:

If you're in the mood for romance, curl up with one of the classics you've always meant to read or re-read: Shakespeare's tragic play Romeo and Juliet (or an updated version, Jeanne Ray's Julie & Romeo), Jane Austen's mannered drawing-room comedy Pride & Prejudice, Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Ernest Hemingway's blunt Farewell to Arms, or Margaret Mitchell's sweeping Civil War epic, Gone With the Wind.

Pick up a copy of Us: Americans Talk About Love edited by John Bowe, or poetry by Pablo Neruda (100 Love Sonnets should do the trick).

If you - as many do - dislike the hype and hubbub of pink and red, roses and chocolates, celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Tiger, instead.

The Year of the Tiger: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac tells a colorful tale of a tiger cub's romp through the jungle.

Grace Lin's Newberry Honor winning book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, offers a mythic adventure reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz, and Lisa See's bestselling novel Shanghai Girls, newly available in paperback, is sure to guarantee an evening well spent.

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