Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day

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.)

Northanger Abbey


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

Lucky You

Gaudy Night

Bel Canto

Four Letters of Love

Norwegian Wood

Kafka on the Shore

Jane Eyre

Tadpole's Promise

Swann's Way

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.

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