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Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels Paperback – October 4, 2011
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"If you read it through and still come away in any doubt as to how amazing both Romance Novels and the people of the Romance Community truly are, then I do believe your heart and soul and possibly brain may be made of stone. And, if that is the case, then you are in most desperate need of reading one of the books Sarah uses as examples throughout the book. " - The Book Goat
"Winning, entertaining and highly persuasive... Fans of the romance genre are likely to come away feeling vindicated; newcomers may be inspired to pick up a few new paperbacks with racy covers" - Kirkus
"A joyous celebration of those novels we all love to read, romances." - Historical Hilarity
"If you ever had anyone sneer at you when you say you read romance novels, this is a book you should whip out and start quoting from." - Night Owl Reviews
"As a reader and a writer, I think this is a must read... " - Beck's Book Picks
"A pleasure to read... It promote[s] the positive elements of romance books. " - SOS Aloha
"This little book packs a wallop of laughs, spews smart sarcastic rhetoric with sound advise - add to that creative longings to make us dream, and mullets for years to come. " - Aisle B
"Ra-ra-romance!" - Chrisbookarama
"There's a strong argument here that the genre helps readers identify and articulate needs and feelings they already have, as they notice what kinds of books and heroes they gravitate toward." - Monkey See, NPR's Pop Culture Blog
"A humorous yet poignant guide to romance, both the highs and lows... a whole lot of fun that ended way too quickly. " - My House of Books
About the Author
Sarah Wendell's day job involves a cloak, and possibly a dagger, but by night she's the cofounder of the influential romance blog SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband and two children.
Top customer reviews
Ms. Wendell's take is right on as far as what romance novels teach you (and don't teach you) about romance and love.
I would recommend this book highly to anyone who is interested as to WHY they read romance novels vs. science fiction or another gendre. It is a humorous and entertaining filled with insights you might never see anywhere else.
Read it - you'll like it!
The book reads like fiction, creative non-fiction, reference book with a very personal tone. It's an intelligent, witty overview of a fiction genre that has been so grossly misunderstood.
It's well written, passionate, and some of the readers and writers comments were really heartwarming and touching.
It's an essential read and a wonderful book.
Sarah demonstrates throughout EIKAL that while some plots may be a bit far-fetched (shooting the object of one's affections, for instance, won't get you a Saturday night date,) the authors in question continue to bring real-life sensibilities into their work. We don't want the guy on the front cover, despite his six-pack and lush, flowing hair. We want the guy who sits in an oncologist's waiting room, holding his wife's purse while she undergoes chemo. We want to know that, at the end of the story, he'll still be holding her hand. We muse on our own relationship issues through the obstacles thrown in the path of the couple the author writes about. Plus, we're entertained. All this, and a happy ending, too.
Sarah uses some great real-life examples to illustrate her points. Mostly, EIKAL is a celebration of those of us who read and write romance. It's funny, it's thoughtful, and it might make the mockers and naysayers think twice. (While you're thinking twice, might I suggest picking up a copy of Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me? You'll thank me later.)
And, yes, Loretta Chase does know everything.
Congratulations, Sarah, on another great book.