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For LiveWell
Published: 2/2/2017 5:19:30 PM

Check out some classics that reminds us of the many forms love takes in our lives and that it is ultimately “all there is.” 

The Essential Rumi

Translated by Coleman Barks

The genius of the 13th-century Persian poet, Rumi, in this best yet translation from Coleman Barks. This is where the poetry of love begins, and you may need to go no further.

The Art of Loving

By Erich Fromm

The renowned psychoanalyst and social philosopher Erich Fromm, wrote this classic 50 years ago, and it is still one of the best books on all the various forms of love in our lives. He explains how we can develop the highest levels of love through maturity, self-knowledge and courage.

How to Love

By Thich Nhat Hanh

I have recommended this book before and will keep putting it into as many hands as possible. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is simply the best, and the best at keeping it simple.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

By Mary Ann Shaffer
and Annie Barrows

We voted this one our favorite “love” story.  Somehow the horrors of World War II are viewed and understood through a lens focused on a community of compassionate people who share the love of literature, the courage to protect each other, and the ability to find love in the most unlikely places.

Animals Spell Love

By David Cundy

This may perhaps be the very best book for Valentine’s Day.  A book to be shared by adults with children, gorgeous graphic designs explain the meaning of love from sixteen different languages from around the world, showing there are indeed “countless ways” to show and feel love.

The Tomten

By Astrid Lindgren

It’s pretty easy to find a wealth of wonderful children’s books to snuggle with and read together to convey the quiet stillness and safety of love.  The Tomten is an all-time favorite, beautifully illustrated, as you watch the Tomten check in on all the animals and make sure all are safe for the night.

Island Boy

By Barbara Cooney

Another absolute favorite, from beloved Maine author Barbara Cooney.  The quiet re-telling of a boy growing up to love the sea, the animals, his family, and neighbors. A reminder of the love found in the simpler life, and the joy of watching a life well-lived.

(Katharine Nevins is co-owner of MainStreet BookEnds of Warner, an independent, family-run, community bookstore since 1998.) 

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