5 Books about the Science of Love

Couples are often said to have good chemistry, but what is the true neurochemistry of romance? Here are some great books that delve into the science behind love and modern dating:

41e6o2tNMDLThe Chemistry Between Us

Physical attraction, jealously, infidelity, mother-infant bonding are no longer a mystery thanks to social neuroscience. This book is a lively look at what loves mean for both our relationships and our culture. It is written by an award-winning journalist and a first-class neuroscientist, so the science is real but it’s written in a way that’s easily digestible

 

 

41LaBpUJBHLModern Romance

Comedian Aziz Ansari teamed up with sociologist Eric Klinenberg to create the most thoughtful and outright hilarious scholarly examination of dating in the digital age.

 

 

 

 

51d1R7752ILData, A Love Story

Journalist turned consultant used her gift for data analytics to find how to manipulate her dating profile to attract the perfect match. From the process, she discovers her future husband. It’s a hilarious and brutally honest book that will make you look at data-crunching in an entirely new light.

 

 

 

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Dr. Johnson, a clinical psychologist, breaks down love in terms of cutting-edge science. Drawing from primate development, neuroscience and biochemistry, Johnson makes the case that romantic love is an attachment bond.

 

 

 

 

51aOscmbX2LThe Mathematics of Love

A mathematician finds love, like most things in life, is full of patterns. Dr. Fry reveals the patterns that define our love lives and applies mathematical formulas to the most common yet complex questions about love.

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10 Romantic Comedies Available for Streaming Immediately!

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Need a movie for your Valentine’s date? You don’t even have to plan ahead! You can use your library card to access Hoopla* (*only available to Douglas County residents) and stream any of the following titles instantly.

If you’re single, you won’t be lonely in the company of Cary Grant, Jennifer Lawrence, Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep who star in this array of great romantic comedies:

5148PX3P03LMonsoon Wedding

This colorful, energetic blend of Hollywood and Bollywood styles creates a charming family drama about a chaotic Indian wedding. It’s the perfect feel good movie.

 

 

 

 

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His Girl Friday

Clever and witty, this movie is your classic screwball comedy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Chance Harvey

This movie shows that new beginnings are possible at any age. It’s a cupcake of a movie for those craving a romantic comedy for the over 40 set.

 

 

 

 

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This unique dramedy is the perfect awkward romantic comedy for those who don’t want a typical Hollywood rom-com.

 

 

 

 

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This charming film takes a unique spin on the romantic comedy genre starring an older leading lady (Uma Thurman) with a younger partner (Bryan Greenberg), whose mother (Meryl Streep) happens to be her therapist.  It explores how differences in age and religion can challenge a relationship. The characters are likable and flawed, and Meryl Streep provides a stunning performance.

 

 

518xZjgtrbLNew York, I Love You

This is a movie’s equivalent to a short story collection. Ten vignettes follow lives of New Yorkers during one day.

 

 

 

 

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Pillow Talk

It’s silly and sweet perfection. This movie is one of the best Doris Day and Rock Hudson 50s comedies.

 

 

 

 

 

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Much Ado About Nothing

This is a joyous and accessible rendition of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. It has the three main ingredients of all good rom-coms: laughs, hijinks and romance.

 

 

 

 

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This heartwarming movie is for those who enjoy a good tearjerker.

 

 

 

 

 

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For anyone who loves a classic rom-com, this one is mild with a chance of giggles.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your favorite romantic comedy? Tell us in the comments.

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Seduce Your Valentine in a Romance Language

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Impress your date by composing your Valentine’s Day card in Italian. Or French. Or you could always try Latin to make her heart flutter.

Start with a good opening line in French:

Est-ce que tu as un plan? Je me suis perdu dans tes yeux./Do you have a map? I’m lost in your eyes.

Then lay on some compliments in Italian:

Non ho mai visto una ragazza così bella!/I’ve never seen such a beautiful girl!

Sweep him off his feet in Brazilian Portuguese:

Vamos dançar!/Let’s dance!

End the night with Latin:

Credo fatum nos coegisse./I think fate brought us together.

Interested in learning more? Your library card allows you access to Mango Languages, an online language-learning software. Once you sign into Mango, click on “Speciality Courses” for courses specifically on romance.

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10 Fantastically Funny Romance Reads

readingchallenge150There’s nothing better than a good love story. Here are 10 hysterical romantic comedies that will have you in stitches—even if you don’t normally read “romances.” Any of these books would fulfill the “Romantic Comedy” category in the DCL Reading Challenge.

 

51T9hqwiXGLCan You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Emma Corrigan is a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets that she wouldn’t share with anyone. Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.  Available in book, eBook and eAudio formats.

 

 

 

61Cb5j4lqQLBet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially when a gorgeous, successful man asks her to dinner just to win a bet.  At the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again.  But Fate has other plans.  Available in book and audio CD formats.

 

 

 

510yzqD6ukLThe Princess Bride by William Goldman

Do you want adventure at high seas?  Romance that isn’t too mushy?  Characters that make you laugh out loud?  This adventure is for you.  Follow Buttercup and Wesley as they are guided by true love through all the perils (and large rodents) life throws at them.  Available in book, eBook, audio CD and eAudio formats.

 

 

 

227443Bridget Jones’s Diary (Book 1 of the Bridget Jones series) by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones’s Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget’s permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement.  Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and—like millions of readers the world round—you’ll find yourself shouting, “Bridget Jones is me!”  Available in book and audio CD formats.

 

 

51K9TEy8QHLOne for the Money (Book 1 of the Stephanie Plum series) by Janet Evanovich

Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems.  When she lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie’s bail bond business, be prepared for some screwball comedy and hijinks. Available in book, large print, eBook, audio CD, eAudio and playaway formats.

 

 

51Y0eAmT1xLThe Rosie Project (Book 1 of Don Tillman) by Graeme Simsion

The art of love is never a science, except for Don, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics.  And so he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, and the late arrivers.  Available in book, large print, eBook, audio CD and eAudio formats.

 

 

810IUi9SYYLOne Plus One by Jojo Moyes

One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story.  A group of strangers and a large, slobbery mutt make a very unusual road trip, taking the long way to get there and finding out along the way what matters most.  Available in book, large print, eBook, audio CD and playaway formats.

 

 

 

31KBA86Q07LThe Princess Diaries* (Book 1 of The Princess Diaries) by Meg Cabot

Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there’s nothing worse than being a five-foor-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra.  Then, surprise!  First, Mom announces that she’s dating Mia’s Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia.  Available in book, eBook, audio CD and eAudio formats.

 

 

41DMCWlQdNLAn Abundance of Katherines* by John Green

All of Colin’s ex-girlfriends have something in common, beyond dumping him.  All are named Katherine.  No number of miles, feral hogs or dead archdukes will sway Colin from his mission—to prove himself and to win the girl.  This hilarious trip, however, will be more life-changing than he could imagine. Available in book, playaway, and eBook formats.

 

 

 

41UpOx64VSLElla Enchanted* by Gail Carson Levine

At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed with the “gift” of obedience. When she must set out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery, it will be her intelligence and saucy nature that enable her to undo the curse and find a prince to love.  Available in book, audio CD, eBook and eAudio formats.

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10 Great Football Books

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The countdown to Sunday begins! We are so excited to watch the Broncos in their 8th Super Bowl game.  Before the big game, you you can get in the spirit by reading one of these great books about the sport:

 

 

51XEq6VmzQLSlow Getting Up

This is a revealing, funny memoir of everyday life in the most popular sports league in America. For six seasons as a Denver Bronco, Nate Jackson alternated between the practice squad and active roster, eventually winning a starting spot—a short, tenuous career emblematic of the average pro player. It’s a great reminder that there are 53 men on each team, and many don’t make the headlines.

 

 

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In this insightful and amusing look at the inner workings of professional football, Stefan Fatsis becomes a placekicker for the Denver Broncos. The book is more about the personalities than the game itself. It’s a fascinating look into the mind of the modern professional football player.

 

 

 

41Us0iO+2ILThe Blind Side

Michael Lewis takes a look at how offensive football strategy has evolved over the past three decades, particularly the increased importance on the role of offensive left tackle, who is necessary to guard the quarterback’s greatest vulnerability: his blind side. Enter Michael Oher, a left tackle prodigy. Lewis covers Oher’s saga from homeless teen to NFL player (he currently plays for the Carolina Panthers).

 

 

51PVzJrs4tLThe Games that Changed the Game

This is a play-by-play guide to the evolutionary leaps that have defined the NFL. After reading this book, you may never look at a football game the same way again.

 

 

 

 

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Add some fun facts to your Super Bowl party about the history of football’s greatest plays and formations. Through reading this book, you will be taken into the meeting rooms and living rooms where the game’s most significant ideas were hatched.

 

 

 

51QLDRfml6LFriday Night Lights

We couldn’t have a list of great football reads without this book. This is the classic account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa, Texas. It captures a season of the high school football team and how devotion to the team shapes the town and the teenagers wearing the Panthers’ uniforms.

 

 

 

51Rh4X+MTBLOur Boys

The high school football team from Smith Center, Kansas has held the nation’s longest winning streak. In the style of Friday Night Lights, New York Times sportswriter Joe Drape moved his family to Smith Center (population: 1,931) to learn what makes the team (and the town) an inspiration.

 

 

 

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Did you know two one-armed players suited up for NFL teams in 1945? Or that Steelers owner Art Rooney postponed a game in 1938 because of injuries? Read the fascinating history of the league before it became the number one sport in America.

 

 

 

51Wn9ydKKJLThe Last Headbangers

This rollicking chronicle of the reckless 70s in the NFL draws on interviews with legendary players to retell their heroics and off-field carousing. This breezy read is a pleasure for any fan of the sport.

 

 

 

 


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The Best Game Ever: Giants vs Colts, 1958

Read about how a single game, the NFL Championship, between the glamour boys of the Giants and the blue-collar Baltimore team (the Colts), changed the history of American sport. We can only hope that Sunday’s game will be as epic.

 

Go Broncos!!

 

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7 Fictional Best Friends

These fictional duos from children’s books inspire us to be better pals.

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Calvin and Hobbes

Even though Hobbes is imaginary, his friendship with Calvin is filled with loyalty, encouragement and adventures.

Ivy and Bean

This unlikely duo shows that sometimes you find friends in people you don’t expect.

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Pooh and Piglet

Their friendship is deep and steadfast. Piglet is always around to make Pooh a snack or listen to one of his hums.

Henry and Mudge

The love and companionship of a pet is something that can’t be beat.

 

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Charlotte and Wilbur

Charlotte and Wilbur are a great example of everlasting friendship. Charlotte always thought of ways to help Wilbur. He remains loyal to her by taking care of her children and grandchildren.

Rat and Mole

Friends often push us to be our best selves. Rat polishes Mole’s personality to be friendlier and kinder.

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Anne and Diana

As Anne would say, they are “bosom buddies.” Their childhood bond morphs into a friendship that lasts a lifetime.

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10 Great Groundhog Day Reads

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February 2 is the day that determines if we’ll get six more weeks of winter or an early spring. Explore the fables of Groundhog Day with your family this week with one of these picture books.

51cuymHhQlL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun

This nonfiction book is filled with cleverly written facts about this holiday that started in Pennsylvania. It’s a great starting point for your Groundhog Day reading.

 

 

 

 

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Uncle Phil realizes he has missed all the signs of an early spring, he knows it’s time to retire and pass on his title to his niece, Phyllis. It’s a charming story with a great message that talent and determination pays off .

 

 

517ST0NABJLSecret of the First One Up

Lila, a young groundhog, doesn’t want to hibernate during the winter. Her Uncle Wilbur convinces her to go to sleep once he lets her in on the secret of being the first one up to herald in the spring.

 

 

61Szgy2dKNLSubstitute Groundhog

It’s almost Groundhog Day, but this year Groundhog has the flu! Groundhog searches for a substitute that will allow him to get his bed rest. He finds a curious substitute who is from a warmer state.

 

 

 

 

51KbkayzqxLGroundhog Day

Instead of a groundhog, the first graders in Mrs. Connor’s class wait to see if Chester the hamster will see his shadow!

 

 

 

 

 

61c+y-TuIVLGroundhog Weather School

This adorable story incorporates a bit of science, weather and history while groundhogs go to school to learn how to be weather predictors.

 

 

 

 

51vsHZrYJaLWho Will See Their Shadows this Year?

Why should the groundhog get all the attention? Different animals decide to try affecting the weather with their own shadows with varying results.

 

 

51ZMX6FEBTLGo to Sleep, Groundhog

Groundhog wakes up and sees amazing sites he has never seen before: glowing jack-o’-lanterns, gobbling turkeys and sparkling holiday lights.

 

 

 

 

51RGKq8B6KLGroundhog Gets a Say

Groundhog decides his holiday should last longer than one day. This is a delightful story that teaches a lot of facts about the species.

 

 

 

 

61o21zM7RMLGroundhog Day!

This excellent book on Groundhog Day explores the traditions and customs around the holiday.

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6 Romantic Playlists to Make Your Valentine’s Day Perfect

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Set the mood this Valentine’s Day with a romantic playlist. Download up to five songs per week using your library card to access Freegal. Here are sets of songs available for download on Freegal to make your sweetheart swoon.

 

CINEMATIC LOVE

Is your love story a movie waiting to be told? Then you’ll want to have these cinematic classic songs on your Valentine’s Day playlist.

Endless Love” Diana Ross and Lionel Richie from the romantic drama Endless Love

I Will Always Love You” Whitney Houston from the film The Bodyguard

Because You Loved Me” Celine Dion, the theme song of Up Close & Personal

Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” Elvis Presley from Blue Hawaii

Can You Feel the Love Tonight” Elton John from Disney’s The Lion King

SOUL SONGS

This list will set the mood for a groovy, soulful Valentine’s Day.

Lovely Day” Bill Withers

Best of My Love” The Emotions

I’ll Be There” Jackson 5

Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” Barry White

Oh Girl” The Chi-Lites

CLASSICS

You can never go wrong with these classic love songs. Light some candles and put these on the stereo.

All of Me” Billie Holiday

The Way You Look Tonight” Tony Bennett

Unforgettable” Nat King Cole

Young at Heart” Frank Sinatra

That’s Amore” Dean Martin

R&B CLASSICS

Dance the night away to these classic R&B hits.

That’s Why I Love You So” Jackie Wilson

I’m Yours You’re Mine” Marvin Gaye

Something’s Got a Hold on Me” Etta James

You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin” The Righteous Brothers

Baby Love” The Supremes

90s Love Songs

Make a playlist of the decade when you met! For those of you who fell in love in the 90s this is a great list for you:

Make You Feel My Love” Bob Dylan

Lover Lay Down” Dave Matthews Band

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” Aerosmith

You’re Still the One” Shania Twain

Truly Madly Deeply” Savage Garden

MODERN LOVE

Here are some hits from the past decade that are great love songs to add to any romantic playlist.

Valentine” Kina Grannis

I Would Do Anything for You” Foster the People

Bleeding Love” Leona Lewis

This Will Be Our Year” OK Go

Stay with You” John Legend

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Authors & Beer

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While “write drunk; edit sober” is often cited as a Hemingway quote, it was not actually said by the famous writer although he was quite a fan of mojitos. Many legendary authors enjoyed their evening cocktail. William Faulkner often drank while he wrote; whiskey was his drink of choice. Of course, F. Scott Fitzgerald preferred gin because he felt it could not be detected on his breath.

While many authors like spirits, we started wondering what authors savored a nice pint of beer. These quotes make us believe these authors would enjoy our Ask a Beerbrarian Night at Lone Tree Brewing on Saturday, January 30 from 3-6.

“When I die, I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin. I wonder would they know it was me?” JP Donleavy, Irish-American novelist

“Isn’t beer the holy libation of sincerity? The potion that dispels all hypocrisy, any charade of fine manners? The drink that does nothing worse than incite its fans to urinate in all innocence, to gain weight in all frankness?” Milan Kundera, author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“Beer’s intellectual. What a shame so many idiots drink it.” Ray Bradbury, science fiction author

“A man who lies about beer makes enemies.” Stephen King, horror novelist

“For a quart of Ale is a dish for a king.” William Shakespeare, playwright

“Next to music, beer was best.” Carson McCullers, author of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

 “Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.” Dave Barry, humorist

“Oh, this beer here is cold, cold and hop-bitter, no point coming up for air, gulp, till it’s all–hahhhh.” Thomas Pynchon, author of Gravity’s Rainbow

“There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says ‘Good people drink good beer.’ Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public barroom and you will quickly see: Bad people drink bad beer. Think about it.”—Hunter S. Thompson, author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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Make 2016 the Year of Reading!

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January is almost over; how are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? One resolution we always can get behind is a reading one. Whether it is reading more (20 minutes before bed every night or 50 books in the year) or differently (the classics or female non-white authors), it is something we actually enjoy completing unlike a resolution to eat healthier by cutting out chocolate (the horror!).

We have a reading challenge for the year to get you out of your reading rut. We selected 12 distinct categories that will encourage you to read outside your normal genre comfort zone.

To participate, simply print off the list of categories. Write down each book you read that fits in the category. (Yes, multitasker, you can include one title for two different categories if it fits!). Then take a photo or email a scan of  your completed list to socialmedia@dclibraries.org to be entered to win a DCL swag bag plus an autographed book.

Do you have any reading resolutions this year? Let us know in the comments!

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