Romance

The Republic of Love

By Carol Shields

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"With a viewpoint that shifts as crisply as cards in the hands of a blackjack dealer, Carol Shields introduces us to two shell-shocked veterans of the wars of the heart. There's Fay, a folklorist whose passion for mermaids has kept her from focusing on any one man. And right across the street there's Tom, a popular radio talk-show host who has focused a little too intently, having married and divorced three times. Can Fay believe in lasting love with such a man? Will romantic love conquer all rational expectations?"

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The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing

By Melissa Bank

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"Follows the life lessons of Jane, from defiant teenager to reluctant career girl, as she makes her way through love, sex, relationships, and workplace perils, prompted by dubious advice from a pop-psych guide to life."

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Borrower of the Night

By Elizabeth Peters

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"Meet art historian Vicky Bliss, She is as beautiful as she is brainy--with unassailable courage, insatiable curiosity, and an expertise in lost museum treasures that often leads her into the most dangerous of situations. A missing masterwork in wood, the last creation of a master carver who died in the violent tumult of the sixteenth century, may be hidden in a medieval German castle in the town of Rothenburg. The prize has called to Vicky Bliss, drawing her and an arrogant male colleague into the forbidding citadel and its dark secrets. But the treasure hunt soon turns deadly. Here, where the blood of the long forgotten damned stains ancient stones, Vicky must face two equally perilous possibilities. Either a powerful supernatural evil inhabits this place. . .or someone frighteningly real is willing to kill for what Vicky is determined to find."
First of a series.

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The Dewey Decimal System of Love

By Josephine Carr

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"A proper librarian finds passion in this witty new novel. Behind a French twist and sensible clothes, 40-year-old librarian Alison Sheffield hides an extravagant nature. But after last night, even her most proper attire can't disguise the signs--Alison Sheffield is in love."
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Resident Aliens

By Joseph Ashby Porter

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"In the mid-seventies three women and a man from beyond their national borders find themselves marooned in Charlottesville, Virginia. Resident Aliens culminates in a festive weekend of comical blunders, shifting allegiances, and maturing love."

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Persuasion

By Jane Austen

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"In the novel, Anne Elliot, the heroine Austen called 'almost too good for me,' has let herself be persuaded not to marry Frederick Wentworth, a fine and attractive man without means. Eight years later, Captain Wentworth returns from the Napoleonic Wars with a triumphant naval career behind him, a substantial fortune to his name, and an eagerness to wed. Austen explores the complexities of human relationships as they change over time."

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Mischief

By Amanda Quick

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"When the independent Imogen Waterstone convinces infamous explorer Matthias Marshall, Earl of Colchester, to help her lure a ruthless enemy to ruin by posing as her suitor, the result is scandalous passion and sinister threats."
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Mail

By Mameve Medwed

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"Katinka O'Toole has discovered that a degree from Harvard does not always lead to fame and fortune. Divorced and struggling to make a living as a writer, the highlight of her day has become the arrival of the mail. Or, more precisely, the mailman. Yes, she hopes for an acceptance letter, but she also has a fierce crush on Louie Capetti, her gorgeous postal carrier, who she hopes will carry her away to romantic bliss. So while she has taken to receiving her mail in 'discount Dior,' she also has to deal with her pretentious ex-husband (a noted Joycean scholar), her class-conscious mother, the unwanted affections of a corporate lawyer, and various other roadblocks to true love that plague smart women in today's society."
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Loving Pedro Infante

By Denise Chavez

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Teresina Avila is a divorced, thirty-something Chicana working in Cabritoville, New Mexico. Her lover will never leave his wife and ties Tere's heart in knots. Her diversions center around her best friend, Irma, and her membership in the Pedro Infante Fan Club. A hilarious and heartrending story about the fictions women weave to justify loving the wrong mate.

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Love, Stars, and All That

By Kirin Narayan

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For Gita, a shy Indian graduate student at Berkeley, life is a complex whirl of new friends, culture shock, creative survival on a graduate stipend, and, of course, romance. Gita's beloved Aunty has consulted her astronumerologist and, according to the stars, Gita is soon destined to meet her jori--or, as they say in America, "Mr. Right."
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