What’s love got to do with it? | On the bookshelf

What spawns romance? Is it a look? Or is it an inner feeling? Are two people fated to find it, or must they work to forge a romantic relationship? Should we search for it in fiction?

What spawns romance? Is it a look? Or is it an inner feeling? Are two people fated to find it, or must they work to forge a romantic relationship? Should we search for it in fiction? All those questions will be explored it you read this handful of books that look, diversely, at love.

“The Search,” by Nora Roberts (hardcover, Putnam, 2010, 488 pages, $26.95). The New York Times Bestselling author sets her latest novel in the Pacific Northwest, where, its publisher previews, “an island provides sanctuary, the lush forests seduce the unwary, and a man and a woman find in each other the strength to carry on.”

“The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts,” by Gary Chapman (softcover, Northfield Publishing, 2010, 208 pages, $14.99). “How do we meet each other’s deep emotional need to feel loved?” asks the author, the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants. “If we can learn that and choose to do it, then the love we share will be exciting beyond anything we ever felt when we were infatuated.”

“Sexy Forever: How to Fight Fat After Forty,” by Suzanne Somers, (hardcover, Crown Archetype, 2010, 348 pages, $25.99). “Shed the Toxins” and “Shed the Fat,” this book’s subtitles advise, before providing the nutrition facts — even recipes — and suggestions for lifestyle changes that you will need to “become slim, vibrant, healthy, and sexy … forever.”

“Me, Myself and Why?” by Mary Janice Davidson (hardcover, St. Martin’s Press, 2010, 302 pages; $24.99). The publisher calls this title “A Modern Threesome” in a subtitle. And it calls the bestselling author’s work “an outrageously funny novel about a highly unconventional FBI agent, a rather odd serial killer, a best friend on the edge, a gorgeous baker … and, oh yeah, love.”

“Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia,” by Elizabeth Gilbert (softcover, Penguin Group, 2006, 334 pages, $15). The Los Angeles Times called it “a meditation on love in its many forms — love of food, language, humanity, God, and most meaningful for Gilbert, love of self.” A discovery: How can you love another if you don’t love yourself?

Where to buy

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