To top things off for my Valentine’s Day inspired bookish posts, I decided to begin with a genre typically over looked on Valentine’s Day: non-fiction. Non-fiction does not have the sexiness or allure of a steamy romance novel, but it’s just as important in informing people the mechanics of love, dating, and of course sex. The following books are the 6 Charming Non-Fiction Books on the subject of love and dating that are on my TBR. Yes, I really can write a whole blog solely dedicated to books I want to read.
1. The Love Gap: A Radical Plan to Win in Life and Love by Jenna Birch
Jenna Birch investigates the major modern dating problem with her theory of the “Love Gap.” Her theory defines that men do not always choose woman they claim to want. As a slightly educated, confident, and independent heterosexual millenial woman (the targeted age group for the book), I too am frustrated by the state of dating. Really, why can’t dating be as easy as it appears like Happy Days.
2. The Kiss: Intimacies From Writers edited by Brian Turner
A group of writers come together to contribute their take on the kiss. I’m excited just the pure fact I might discover some new kissing tips. Yes, I treat every book like a possible issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.
3. Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating by Moira Weigel
In Labor of Love: The Inventions of Dating examines the secret history of dating. With apps promising love with a right swipe of your finger, Weigel acknowledges dating has become work. At the same time, she demonstrates the creation of dating.
4. Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein
Years ago, I read (and got a lot of odd stares from) Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein. I’m hoping Girls & Sex offers me the same insight about the the treatment of women in our society as Cinderella Ate My Daughter. Judging from the reviews, I checked out before I started writing this article, it appears Girls & Sex gear towards an opening up a dialogue between parents and their daughters with the current landscape of society.
5. Charity and Sylvia: A Same-sex Marriage in Early America by Rachel Hope Cleves
In Charity and Sylvia, Rachel Hope Cleves investigates the notion that same-sex marriage is not a modern invention. Charity and Sylvia covers the relationship between Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake, who were together for forty-four years. By their community, they were recognized as a married couple.
6. Better Single Than Sorry: A No-Regrets Guide to Loving Yourself and Never Settling by Jen Schefft
Though, this book is technically a self-help book, I expect it to provide some insightful tips. It doesn’t help I found it buried on my bookshelf either. Jen Schefft, a reality romance veteran, provides insight to becoming a confident single lady in a “couple-obsessed culture.”