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"I love this book. It’s inspired and funny and poignant. I plan to buy a copy for all my exes. And for all the women I've ever stared at wistfully across a room (sorry about that, by the way)."
—AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically


About the Author

Andy Selsberg has written for The Onion, GQ, Oxford American, Salon.com, and other publications. He is also a adjunct lecturer of English at John Jay College, CUNY, and a former stand-up comedian. He lives in New York City and his website is www.dearoldlove.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (November 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761156054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761156055
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi there.

Ever since junior high, I wanted to be a writer--of novels or of novelty books. I landed on novelty books. They are the noblest calling.

I like to think of myself as an aphorist. What do you like to think of me as? What do you like to think of you as? List ten things right now.

I've been teaching freshman composition for almost fifteen years, somehow. (This bio is dedicated to all the Adjunct Professors out there.)

You can interact with my books, or let them wash over you. Maybe it's that way with everything.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Geordie W. Korper on November 28, 2009
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I read the web site long before the book came out, but bought the book anyway. The thing I love about it is that you can dip into it on any page and find something poignant that you can relate to it -- even if you can't relate to it. Things like "If I had known I was going to meet the woman you would leave me for when we stopped by your office, I would have put on makeup." You could do worse than read several hundred examples of what we did or didn't do for love...
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Megan Koetz on January 27, 2010
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Humanity at its finest. I saw much of myself and exes in this book, and if you miss your ex, dont text that jerk, just highlight the parts in this book that remind you of them and keep it around to remind yourself why they are exactly that!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wegs on March 21, 2010
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You'll either laugh until you ache or ache until you laugh. That's because this book touches both the funny bone and the heart. How? Through a slipstream of truths. Small truths. Big truths. Truths you may not have recognized before, or perhaps you know all too well. Does this all sound a bit contradictory? No more contradictory than love itself. Face it. Love is crazy. Which is probably why it causes people to say and do such funny things. Many of which are hilariously captured here in Dear Old Love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on December 18, 2012
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Dear Old Love was an excellent purchase. It's written in quote form from past lovers, some ex's and some still very much in love. I found it heartwarming and beautiful. And I have to admit - it reminded me as to why I dated some of my ex's and why I broke up with others. Definitely what I needed - a chance to see how others feel about relationships and know that I wasn't alone.
Definitely worth the price and the read. I finished it in one quick night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By McGuffy Ann Morris on February 20, 2012
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When Andy Selsberg got married, he reflected on commitment and old loves. He felt the need to reconcile past relationships, the joys and lessons of some and the pain or errors of others. He turned to the Internet and started this project as a website. It would be a place to leave messages to old or lost loves.

Being able to do so anonymously made it easy to say what may have otherwise been difficult or perhaps impossible. To be able to take a love story and condense it into one line is undeniably an art. This only adds to the importance and beauty of the message and of this book. There is quite a variety of messages and thoughts here. The final section of the book is a "fill-in" section, where you can actually create your own "Dear Old Love..." messages.

Quite often, it is the small book that has so much to say. This book is an excellent example as is says a lot very succinctly. Dear Old Love is for the ones who got away and the ones that were held onto, if only in our hearts. It honours them all by addressing them, "Dear Old Love".
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Dear Old Love managed to be simultaneously horrifically mean, utterly hysterical and heartbreakingly touching - all in the span of less than 200 pages comprised entirely of notes to exes and unrequited crushes. It is a read-out-loud book - I found myself unable to read many of the notes without commenting: "oh how sad!" or "can you BELIEVE anyone would SAY that?!" being the most common vocalizations - well, aside from maniacal laughter of course. I love the idea behind the project - the book derived from a website set up so that people could say the things they had always wanted to say but never had the nerve or the strength or the heart to actually tell another person. I don't know how much closure actually resulted from some of them, but they certainly were fabulously interesting to read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KatieClassy on April 28, 2013
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I love it. It is such a wonderful cute book that makes me smile, laugh, and think about my life some.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By monster on April 19, 2011
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Read it a quarter of the way when I received it. Honestly, these notes felt like they were written by teenagers and 20-year-old's who are not ready for serious relationships and/or are VERY desperate for their old ex to come back or anyone(anyTHING) that will love them.
Thought it was going to be more "heartfelt" like those of PostSecret's.
BUT, maybe it just doesn't rock my boat.
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