Updated: February 12, 2011 9:55PM
RHYMES WITH CUPID, By Anna Humphrey (HarperTeen, 234 pages, $7.99): After getting her heart broken, Elyse Phillips has sworn off dating and all things Valentine, but her job at the mall poses a problem with that. She works at a gift shop full of hearts and flowers and singing Cupid dolls. Then she meets a cute guy, who’s also her new neighbor and driving instructor.
LOVE IS ... ALL AROUND, by By Kim Casali (Abrams, 379 pages, $15.95): What began 40 years ago as private love notes to the author’s husband turned into an internationally beloved cartoon. Included in this volume of more than 350 of the series best cartoons is an essay written by the late Kim Casali’s son Stefano Casali, offering a personal touch as well as historical perspective.
A COMPENDIUM OF KISSES: FACTS, QUOTES AND CURIOSITIES, By Lana Citron (Harlequin, 215 pages, $13.95): One of the entries in this book — “Songs to Kiss to” — lists songs with the word kiss (and variations thereof). There are more than 150 titles to choose from, plus dozens of other entries devoted to the subject of kissing. Learn about big-screen kisses, Freudian kisses, murderous kisses, kama sutra kisses and more.
LIVE AND LET LOVE: NOTES FROM EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ON THE LAYERS, THE LAUGHTER, AND THE LITTER OF LOVE, edited by Andrea Buchanan (Gallery, 277 pages, $24): A couple dozen women write about love — giving it, receiving it and expressing it. Pat Tillman’s widow, Marie, learns to open her heart after the loss of her husband; journalist Giselle Fernandez shares how an opportunity to love should never be passed up, however painful. Other essayists include Maria Bello, Lee Woodruff and Tameeka Raymond.
SEALING THE DEAL: THE LOVE MENTOR’S GUIDE TO LASTING LOVE, by Diana Kirschner (Center Street, 292 pages, $22.99): The best-selling author of Love in 90 Days aims her follow-up at women who are looking for guidance in the areas of: commitmentphobes; how be become irresistible to your mate; ultimatums; overcoming disappointing relationships; cheating; independence; getting back on track, and more.
I THINK I LOVE YOU, by Allison Pearson (Knopf, 331 pages, $24.95): It’s the ‘70s in Wales, and teenagers Petra and Sharon are obsessed with David Cassidy, reading all about him in fan magazines and finally seeing him perform live in London. Nearly 25 years later, Petra finds a letter among her dead mother’s things announcing that way back when, Petra had won a magazine contest to meet her teen idol in America. Her missed opportunity gains media attention and she and Sharon hope a plane to Vegas to finally claim the prize.