Each of the seven stories in Joan Wickersham’s collection is entitled The News from Spain, but are distinct, ranging from 18th-century Vienna to modern day America. The stories variously follow an estranged daughter, a jilted wife, and a young bride, among others, but they share more than a title; each story explores passion and frustration, longing and connection from the characters’ diverse perspectives. Wickersham plays with all of the meanings that we give to the word love. Her memoir The Suicide Index was a finalist for the National Book Award, and in this collection she proves her writing is as vivid, poignant, and perceptive as ever.


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ISBN: 9780307958884
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Published: Knopf - October 9th, 2012

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ISBN: 9780307949295
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Published: Vintage - July 2nd, 2013

It may take some guts to walk around carrying a bright pink book with the word “sex” on the cover, but you can rest assured that this is worthy reading material. In his newest book, the polymath and editor of the School of Life Series Alain de Botton is characteristically thoughtful and articulate, tackling the many paradoxes and pleasures of intimacy in clear, engaging, and beautiful prose. How to Think More About Sex is a balanced (though liberal) look at ethics, aesthetics, pornography, and adultery and accomplishes its goal; you will certainly think more deeply about a subject that (let’s face it) receives a great deal of attention anyway.

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ISBN: 9781250030658
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Published: Picador - December 24th, 2012

What does Valentine’s Day celebrate, exactly, besides greeting cards and the consumption of chocolate? What is love? Simon May explores the foundations of Western ideas about love—– from the Bible to the Greeks to the troubadours –in order to understand our modern assumptions about what love should be like—and why it fails to meet our ideals. Even on a subject as ineffable as love, May writes articulately and persuasively on themes of fidelity and infidelity, idealized women, and vulnerability. Though he is not sentimental (a key theme of the book is that we must give up our divinization of love), the understanding of love that he proposes is ultimately a truer, deeper, and more fascinating emotion.

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ISBN: 9780300187748
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Published: Yale University Press - January 8th, 2013