Valentine’s Day is about two weeks away and that means many people are turning their thoughts towards love….. But who says you need to have a romantic partner on Cupid’s holiday? If you find yourself without a date don’t stress, take the time to celebrate love of all stripes! Curl up with these books, movies, and tv series, that all tell a story of love in their own unique ways:
Love of Community:
Parks & Recreation (Television Series)
Creators: Greg Daniels, Michael Schur
This mockumentary style comedy stars Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a passionate municipal employee just doing her best to make her Indiana hometown a great place to live.
City Island (Feature Film)
Director: Raymond De Felitta
Andy Garcia stars as prison guard Vince Rizzo. Vince comes to understand the true meaning of love and intimacy in a family when he takes in his long-lost son Tony, who he is reintroduced to when Tony comes to the prison as a convict.
Loving Your Friends:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Book & Feature Film)
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Charlie, a high school student, struggles with sex, love, and the pressure to try drugs, all while also dealing with a complex family situation. Discover the meaning of friendship and so much more, in this novel that will speak to both teens and adults.
Love of Country:
Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries (Book)
Author: Naomi Wolf
Bestselling author Naomi Wolf dives into the revolutionary change that regular citizens can enact when they engage in our democratic system.
Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan (Book)
Author: Jim Gaffigan
Jim Gaffigan, comedian and Dad, discusses his thoughts on all things food…Find out his answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”
Lab Girl (Book)
Author: Hope Jahren
One part poetry, one part literary memoir, and one part pop science, this personal story from compelling scientific voice Hope Jahren will appeal to many. Do you love trees, quirky personalities, and beautiful writing? You’re gonna love this book.
The Path to Love: Spiritual Strategies for Healing (Book)
Author: Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra, trained medical doctor and bestselling author, has written more than 55 books that combine the worlds of Western and Hindu medical practice. In this work, Chopra encourages readers to explore their inner selves, as a catalyst for inviting love into their lives.
The Girl on the Train (Book & Feature Film)
Author: Paula Hawkins
Released in 2015, many popular mystery readers were completely obsessed by this book. Speaking of obsession… The book follows Rachel, an unemployed recent divorcee, whose obsession with both a neighborhood couple and her ex-husband, embroils her in a dangerous mystery.