Relationships

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, Art by Maira Kalman

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up is by Daniel Handler and features art by Maira Kalman, and both elements elevate it above your average high school romance novel.

Min has just left a box on Ed's doorstep. The box contains the pieces of evidence of their brief relationship, as well as letters explaining each piece's importance.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath is a Fangirl. Like many teens her age, she loves the hugely popular Simon Snow fantasy books. But Cath is not simply resigned to wait for each new volume's release. She writes new stories about magical prodigy Simon and his school roommate, vampire, and possible nemesis, Baz.

The Five Love Languages: The Secret to a Love that Lasts by Dr. Gary Chapman

The Five Love Languages: The Secret to a Love that Lasts by Dr. Gary Chapman

Do you know what your “love language” is? If you adore it when your husband takes out the trash and he enjoys going out to dinner with you more than anything, your love language may be “Acts of Service” while his may be “Quality Time.” In The Five Love Languages: The Secret to a Love that Lasts, Dr. Gary Chapman asserts that every person speaks one of these “primary” love languages: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Physical Touch, Quality Time, or Gifts. People can also speak a secondary language, but the primary language is the most important. Although the focus of this book is on romantic relationships (primarily marriage), Chapman also has applied this concept to relationships with children, teens, and co-workers in other books.

Live Your Best Life: A Treasury of Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration

By O, the Oprah magazine

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"...the book is divided into three sections. Your Personal Best focuses on emotional and physical well-being from Oprah's own weight-loss secrets to ways to gain confidence, serenity, and balance. Relationships has the tools and insights everyone needs to form warmer, more satisfying connections with those near, dear, and even not-so-dear to us. And, in true Oprah style, Living in the World helps the reader think about how to make her life more meaningful and useful."

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Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money with Your Honey

By Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar

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"You may think that marital bliss means money doesn't matter, but in today's troubled economic times, that's simply false hope. And with layoffs galore and debt mounting, financial stress is through the roof. Think keeping afloat and affectionate is impossible? Think again. This inspiring, action-oriented guide helps young women in committed relationships understand and manage their money matters. Complete with charts, graphs, case studies, and tip-based advice, this succinct, straightforward guide speaks to worried women... ."

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Your Money and Your Man: How You and Prince Charming Can Spend Well and Live Rich

By Michelle Singletary

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How couples can alleviate the financial issues that lead to conflict, covering such topics as having joint bank accounts, buying and selling real estate, and ensuring a financially secure retirement.

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He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

By Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo

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He's Just Not That Into You * * the six little words that changed dating forever. For ages women have come together over coffee, cocktails, or late-night phone chats to analyze the puzzling behavior of men. Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo are here to say that -- despite good intentions -- you're wasting your time. Men are not complicated, although they'd like you to think they are. And there are no mixed messages. The truth may be he's just not that into you. Based on a popular episode of Sex and the City, He's Just Not That Into You educates otherwise smart women on how to tell when a guy just doesn't like them enough, so they can stop wasting time making excuses for a dead-end relationship.

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First Comes Love, Then Comes Money: Basic Steps to Avoid the #1 Conflict in Marriage

By Roger Gibson

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From his first (now) humorous story of spending decisions in the early days of his marriage to Kari, Roger explores several aspects of the money pitfalls in marriage, including debt management, investing, principals of being an effective manager, discovering your money personality, and balancing the differing spending habits of spouses.

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When Opposites Attract: Right Brain/ Left Brain Relationships and How to Make Them Work

By Rebecca Cutter

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"In this sensitive guide to relationship problems, Cutter, a Southern California marriage and family therapist, invites couples to consider a non-gender-bound perspective based on brain research... 'Left-brain dominant' mates, we are told, focus on one thing at a time, are blunt, straightforward, tenacious and prefer not to take risks, while 'right-brain dominant' types are intuitive and spontaneous, avoid routine and have trouble separating emotion from fact. When an LB person hooks up with an RB, he or she must learn specific skills to coordinate their polarized ways of being... Includes dialogues from couples therapy sessions plus self-help exercises... This eye-opening manual has much to say about commitment, respect, earning trust and accepting imperfections, and should help many couples confront unmet needs."
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The Marriage Sabbatical: The Journey that Brings You Home

By Cheryl Jarvis

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"Any woman who yearns for a break from the demands of home and family to nurture her soul--but thinks she 'couldn't possibly'--will discover a healthy new perspective on her not-so-radical desire in this enlightening book. The key is in the book's subtitle, The Journey That Brings You Home. With six simple words, Cheryl Jarvis illuminates her driving message: 'A woman who takes time away to rejuvenate, to grow, is in the end bringing that back to the marriage and her family.' Drawing from interviews with 55 women who experienced sabbaticals of various lengths and purposes, Jarvis relates the inspiring stories of those who endured criticism (often from surprising sources like closest friends) to pursue their long-nurtured dreams. True to her journalistic background, Jarvis supports each key point with exhaustive research... The backbone of Jarvis's book is the personal tale she relates throughout its 300 pages.

"It's the story of a starry-eyed bride who--like many young women--nearly loses herself (quite willingly) in her mate's professional goals and recreational pastimes, cuts corners in her own successful writing career to raise kids (again, willingly), and then realizes that her family ties are strangling the life out of her. The result: a three-month stint at various writers' colonies, a fresh outlook on life, and a fantastic first book from an insightful--and much more confident--soul." --Liane Thomas -- (Amazon.com)

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