Love and Laughter

If you think love can be a little ridiculous, or you just need a break from the seriousness of an Oprah book recommendation, try one of these fluffies. But be warned: most are deliciously well-written!

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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Tell Me Lies

By Jennifer Crusie

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Maddie Faraday’s life would be perfect—-if it weren’t for

 

  • her cheating husband
  • her suspicious daughter
  • her gossipy mother
  • her secretive best friend
  • her nosy neighbors,
  • and that guy she lost her virginity to twenty years ago who is suddenly back in town. . . .

     

Suddenly, life in southern Ohio just got a little more scandalous.

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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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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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Just Friends

By Robyn Sisman

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"After her break-up with Michael, Freya crashes at her friend Jack's place. But when Jack wants to be alone with his new girlfriend, Candace, Freya is there. Truth be told, Jack doesn't really want Freya to leave. It doesn't take long for Michael to bounce back with a new girl--Freya's best friend Cat. Set in London and New York, this story asks, will everyone remain friends?"
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Four Blondes

By Candace Bushnell

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"...tells the stories of four women facing up to the limitations of their rapidly approaching middle age in an era that worships youth. From the former 'It-girl' heroine of 'Nice N'Easy,' who each summer looks for a rich man who'll provide her with a house in the Hamptons, to the writer-narrator of 'Single Process,' who goes to London on a hunt for love and a good magazine story, Bushnell brings to life contemporary women in search of something more -- when the world is pushing for them to settle for less. Sexy, funny, and wonderfully lush with gossep and scandal..."
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Cupid and Diana

By Christina Bartolomeo

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""Diana Campanella has been feeling a little panicky lately - and with good reason. Her vintage clothing store is on the verge of going bust and her engagement to her lawyer fiance has lasted longer than most people's marriages. What's a girl to do?
"Struggling to make ends meet while keeping the peace in her boisterous family, Diana feels caught between one sister who makes her living as a lingerie model and another who is a devout Catholic housewife. But just when all seems lost, hope arrives in the form of a rumpled New York lawyer named Harry - a soul mate whose generous supply of warmth and compassion more than make up for his shortage of designer duds."
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