Thinking about the bookstore's staff, it occurred to one of our booksellers that we've managed—as a company—to bring together a number of couples. If you survey the staff, you'll find quite a few relationships that started when eyes met in the book stacks. (The Valentine of The Shelver, your humble narrator, was met right here in the store,
for example.) Heck, a few of us have even tied knots and had kids with fellow booksellers.
We would like to suggest that you consider—if you find yourself single on this couple-y sort of holiday—University Book Store a place to look for love as well as literature.
Think about it: the place is awash in romance. Every shelf teems with it. Here's a list of some of the staff's favorite literary romances:
Pride and Prejudice (Of course.)
Oscar and Lucinda
The Time Traveler's Wife
Venus in Furs (Ummm...okeedokee. Why not!)
George and Martha
The History of Love
Who Do You Love
Four Letters of Love
Kafka on the Shore
Love in the Time of Cholera
And that just barely scratches the surface. Here's a suggestion: if you're on your own tonight, and feeling a little blue, stop by University Book Store, grab a book from the list above, or ask a staff member for their most romantic recommendation, do a little browsing with said book in hand, and look around for someone else doing the same thing. Maybe you'll meet a fellow single who is also a fellow reader.