How romantic | On the bookshelf

Love. Romance. Courtship. Commitment. Countless books — fiction and nonfiction — have been written to foster feelings of affection that can bud in an instant and grow for a lifetime.

Love. Romance. Courtship. Commitment. Countless books — fiction and nonfiction — have been written to foster feelings of affection that can bud in an instant and grow for a lifetime. Here are a sampling of words concerning love — some books recently penned and others considered classics.

“Wuthering Heights,” by Emily Bronte (hardcover, Everyman’s Library, 1991, 385 pages, $22). “Ever since its publication in 1847 ‘Wuthering Heights’ has astonished and baffled readers,” says Katherine Frank in her introduction to the classic novel, which its publisher calls “one of the 19th century’s most popular yet disturbing masterpieces.” It has passion and vengeance on its pages.

“Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage,” by Elizabeth Gilbert (hardcover, Penguin Books, 2010, 285 pages, $26.95). The author of the best-selling “Eat, Pray, Love” decides in “Committed” to tackle her fears of matrimony by becoming a student of the institution, explains the publisher. With research and writing, Gilbert examines compatibility, infatuation, fidelity, family tradition and social expectations, and does so with wit, intelligence and compassion.”

“The Time Traveler’s Wife,” by Audrey Niffenegger (softcover, Harcourt, 2003, 546 pages, $14.95).A review in the Chicago Tribune said “The Time Traveler’s Wife” — now a motion picture — is a “soaring celebration of the victory of love over time.” It’s an untraditional love story. Author Scott Turow calls it “as dazzlingly imaginative as it is dizzyingly romantic. It was one of People magazine’s top 10 books of the year.

“Roses,” by Leila Meacham (hardcover, Grand Central Publishing, 2010, 609 pages; $24.99).“Readers who like an old-fashioned saga will devour this sprawling novel of passion and revenge,” recommends the Library Journal. It spans the 20th century to tell the story of a powerful Texas family. Deceit and tragedy surround that family, says the publisher, yet “Roses” still is “steeped with nostalgia for a time when honor and good manners always were the rule.”

“Love Poems,” selected and edited by Peter Washington (hardcover, Everyman’s Library, 1993, 256 pages, $12.50). “It has often been said that love, both sacred and profane, is the only true subject of the lyric poem,” note words on this small book’s jacket. “Nothing better justifies this claim than the splendid poems in this volume.” We’ll let the poetry convince you.

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