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A Local Kind of Love


Hilary and MikeEngaged and opening a bookstore in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michael Gustafson and Hilary Lowe are in love, with each other and with books. Literati Bookstore, currently Gustafson and Lowe’s labor of love (the floors are going in today), is scheduled to open late next month. Today, on the Literati Bookstore blog, Gustafson and Lowe offer a list of their favorite love stories. Take a look, add to their list, and follow the progress of some serious literature lovers.

Love is everywhere: in our protagonists, our antagonists, and our favorite books. Today, Hilary and I quickly scanned our personal bookshelves for our favorite books about love of any kind. Here are some of our favorites. We’d love to hear some of yours, too.

Cute Love: Love Is Walking Hand In Hand, by Charles Schulz.

Doomed Love: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Teen Love: The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green.

Book Love: Too Loud A Solitude, by Bohumil Hrabal.

Parental Love: Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson.

Sexy Love: Written On The Body, by Jeanette Winterson.

Self-Sacrificial Love: The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein.

Hollywood Love: Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter.

Dog Love: Where The Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls.

Sports Love: The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach.

Drug Love: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson.

Nature Love: A Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold.

Misguided Dystopian Love: Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart.

What are some of your favorite love stories?

My (second) valentine goes to the first person who can passage identify the following:

“My friend Mel McGinnis was talking. Mel McGinnis is a cardiologist, and sometimes that gives him the right.”


Join the Discussion

  • Jeremiah Chamberlin

    I think that line is Carver, right? But I don’t know the story, if it is.

    Speaking of love stories: I’ll vote Stuart Dybek’s “We Didn’t” for one of the best at capturing the longing of love, and David Bezmozgis’s “Natasha” for capturing its absurdist elements in the subterranean lives of teenagers.

    Thanks to Hilary and Michael for this list, and to Brandon for forwarding it on.

    Excited about Literati’s opening!

  • Benito Reedus

    “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” Carver, with a lot of love from Lish. Good luck, bookstore-people!

  • Jeremiah Chamberlin

    Ah, yes. And in this context, I guess I should have guessed!

    And here’s the preliminary edition of the story, originally entitled “Beginners,” along with Lish’s edits.

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