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True Love Mass Market Paperback – January 7, 1998

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More bellybutton dander from the fellow who brought us Uh Oh (LJ 8/91).
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Just in time for Valentine's Day comes the perennially best-selling Fulghum's latest on love. In Uh-Oh (1991), he shared love stories from his own life. Now, per his request, readers have sent him their own brushes with love, and to gather more fodder, he sat in Seattle coffee shops with a sign that said, "Tell me a short love story, and I will buy you coffee and make you famous." Sounds like a pretty easy way to "write" a book, but Fulghum does provide commentary here and there and some of his own material, including a touching little tale about a widow in her seventies who re-meets her true love at her high-school reunion and then wanders around Victoria's Secret trying to figure out how to translate her feelings into appropriate lingerie. Some of the anecdotes are so sweet they'll make your teeth ache faster than Valentine chocolates. Librarians may want to warn readers not to gobble this down in one sitting. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch (January 7, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061096164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061096167
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,233,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robert Fulghum is the bestselling author of "All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten," "It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It," "Uh-Oh," "Maybe (Maybe Not)," "From Beginning To End," "Words I Wish I Wrote," "True Love," and "What On Earth Have I Done?"

"Third Wish" is his first novel, published originally in Czech, Slovak, and Hungarian. He lives in Seattle, Washington and on the Greek island of Crete.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W. Johns VINE VOICE on September 22, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Unlike the earlier Fulghum books I've read, this one isn't really a collection of Fulghum's writings, but instead is a collection of stories that were sent or told to him. Fulghum's role here is more as an editor, presenting other people's stories. But what stories! These stories demonstrate the vast diversity of love, and show us that love can take as many forms as there are different people. Some of these stories are sad, others poignant, and many are incredibly romantic. Scattered in between these stories are comments by Fulghum, under the heading "Perspective," where he discusses his impressions of the stories or relates stories of his own. This book is easily as reflective as any of his earlier work, but has fewer "laugh out loud" moments. It provides some interesting perspectives on relationships, and certainly is a must read for anyone who consideres themself to be a romantic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1999
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I have read this book twice, once when there was no one special in my life and now, after finding the love of my life! The happy news is that it really doesn't matter whether you are in love or not while reading it; each story is sweet and poignant, and brings out the romantic in each of us.
In Fulghum's previous book, Uh-Oh, he shared some of his own love stories, and asked his readers to forward their own tales, conventional or not, with him. To his surprise, he was deluged with stories, both sweet and bittersweet, touching and funny. As suggested by the author, it is the kind of book that may be picked up and read in small doses. Each chapter is separate and complete; there are reflections by Fulgham interspersed throughout.
Each heartfelt story stays with the reader; some have happy endings, some do not, but each is guaranteed to touch the reader in some way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Wrigley on June 18, 2004
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It's a keeper on my "good book" shelf, hardback with a bookplate, the whole nine-yards. What I love is his selection and the understanding gained that love means different things to different people and (most importantly) at different times in their life. That lesson has helped me cope with troublesom relationships. I loved them for a reason at the time and that time and that reason fulfilled my need. It was enough. That is what I learned.
I don't rate this book up with Fulghums' previous books mostly because it is a compilation with commentary and not pure, chapter after chapter Fulghum. That may seem like a technicality, but it made all the difference for me. It still has the same wit and charm of any of his other books.
I found it difficult to sit down and get through the whole thing and feel "absorbed". It's the kind of book that you can read a few stories, put it down and come back to as you feel the need. I really couldn't read it straight through. I attribute that to the nature of it though, and not to Fulghums' writing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lollie Dot Com on January 12, 2007
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Of course you'll love this book because it's a true reflection of so many facets of romantic love. And I also personally love it because I wrote the story in it about Danny O'Neal. I don't remember the title of the story, but I'll never forget my accurate description of Danny "He was like Peter O'Toole with a double dose of testorone and a Tommy Lee Jones smile." (:sweet memory and sigh here.:)

I want to make one correction that made a few people from Oklahoma and Arkansas upset. I signed it as Lilly from Fort Smith, Oklahoma. There is a Fort Smith, Arkansas about 5 miles from the Oklahoma line. I did that in a foolish attempt to make sure Danny knew it was really me because Fort Smith, OK was a joke between us. I wrote my story in about 1991. 16 years later - Danny O'Neal remains the most fascinating, thrilling romantic memory of my life.

And, also since I still haven't heard from Danny in all these years, I'm hoping if he ever googles his name, this review will come up. Please forgive me.... but at the very least I want him to know how much he delighted me and that story ws no doubt only chosen because of how wonderful he was to me. :D

Wishing magnificent, thrilling love to one and all,

Lollie aka Lilly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Little on April 11, 2013
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Fulghum has written a lot of good books. This is not one of them. This is supposed to be a collection of love stories but most of the people whose stories are in this book have apparently never experienced love.
Okay, there are actually A FEW... VERY FEW... stories in this book that are about actual love. And they're good ones. Having said that... This book is the most amazing collection of stories of people who have the saddest, most empty lives you can imagine. Except for the few actual love stories, there are 2 kinds of stories here, which I call "almost" and "if only."

This is the basic "almost" love story: "I saw the most beautiful stranger approaching as I walked down the street. I looked at him. He looked at me. We smiled at each other and kept walking, never to see each other again." Wow! True LOVE!!! And this is the ESSENCE of this book!
And here is the basic "if only" story: "If only I'd had the nerve to..."

But that's not the worst part! No, the worst part is that most of these people's lives are so empty that their stories end with them reminiscing DECADES LATER about this great romantic adventure, the "true love" that got away, and in many of the stories they never even MET the person! When asked to come up with a love story, this is the best they have: "almost" and "if only".

And I have to ask, "Robert Fulghum, why in the world did you print this?"
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