Featured favorites: Books about love just in time for Valentine’s Day

Recommended by Bunch of Grapes.

Recommended by Bunch of Grapes

“Love Letters of Great Men” edited by Ursula Doyle: This romantic book of love letters includes the writings of great men such as Robert Browning, Mark Twain, and Charles Darwin. Remember the book that Carrie read to Big in “Sex and the City”? It’s now a reality, a gorgeous keepsake for the romantic at heart.

“The Sonnets: Poems of Love” by William Shakespeare: T.S. Eliot once wrote, “Shakespeare gives the greatest width of human passion.” In this collection of romantic sonnets, Shakespeare gives the reader mystery, jealousy, devotion, and love. These 154 poems are a perfect gift for anyone who has ever been in love.

“Heartburn” by Nora Ephron: The writer of “Sleepless in Seattle” brings us this novel about a couple. The wife is a seven-month pregnant writer of cookbooks. The husband has fallen in love with another woman, whose “neck is as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb.” The wife both wishes him dead and tries to win him back. Sinful and delicious.

“Possession: A Romance” by A.S. Byatt: This triumphant love story is a winner of the Man Booker Award. Two contemporary scholars are studying two Victorian poets, reconstructing their secrets through poems and journals. Satisfying, witty, wonderful romance.

“The Break-Up Activity Book: Crafting Your Way Through a Broken Heart” by Lynn Chang: OK, all romances do not endure. This is a book to bring (perhaps) a smile to your face on Valentine’s Day. Here are directions to make Weepy Wipes, Cut and Paste Revenge, Drive-by Bingo Spy Game, and a Voodoo Sock Puppet. Soon you’ll be strong enough and can begin such activities as Pre-flight Dating Checklist and Empowerment Haikus. Smile!