My Funny Valentine: the lighter side of love

Vannessa Cronin on February 10, 2020
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Let's face it, all the flowers and chocolates are for those who are newly in love, still so high on endorphins that everything their significant other says and does strikes them as cute and appealing. It's different for those who have yet to meet the love of their life. And different again for the long-haulers, the couples who have successfully navigated the sleepless nights/going to work haggard/potty-training phases and come out the other side, those who have made it to the double-digit anniversary years, maybe even the empty nest years or the golden years. Clearly, hearts and flowers alone just won't cut it. It takes fortitude. And humor. Here is a list of amusing books to enjoy or to give as gifts.

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Married Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book by Papeterie Bleu

Marriage isn’t all wine and roses. From rows about the toilet seat (up or down: discuss) to the Thermostat Wars (hot or cold: discuss), and sweatpants (sexy or not: discuss), it’s a minefield of personal taste and mute sacrifice. Get on the same page with this coloring book, which celebrates the institution that lets you annoy one special person for the rest of your life: marriage.

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Snug: A Collection of Comics about Dating Your Best Friend by Snug: A Collection of Comics about Dating Your Best Friend

From the author of the bestselling Little Moments of Love comes Snug, a collection of comics that perfectly captures the honest, playful, humorous, and relatable snapshots of romantic life.

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But Like Maybe Don't?: What Not to Do When Dating: An Illustrated Guide by Arianna Margulis

Dumped once, for interfering with her boyfriend’s meditation schedule, Arianna Margulis picked up a Sharpie and began chronicling her misadventures in dating. Now, her cartoons are an Instagram hit and her second book has 70 new cartoons, each chronicling what not to do when dating.

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Wait for Me: And Other Poems About the Irritations and Consolations of a Long Marriage by Judith Viorst

Married for fifty-five years, Judith Viorst—author of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day turns a poetic eye on the trials and triumphs of a long marriage. From the amusing annoyances of marriage (”could you please stop interrupting, and let me finish?”) to the consolations, this makes a great gift for both newly-weds and old hands.


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Love Poems for Married People by John Kenney

Inspired by one of the most shared New Yorker pieces of all time, this collection pays poetic tribute to the reality of married life. Poems such as “I honor you and our love but I also lost track of time at a bar with my coworkers” capture the nitty-gritty of long term relationships in ways that will make you crack up with laughter and simultaneously wonder how the author knows.


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They Call Me Naughty Lola: Personal Ads from the London Review of Books by David Rose

”I've divorced better men than you.” “Hostile and high maintenance.” These are just a couple of the winning lures that readers of The London Review of Books have used to entice other lonely hearts into romance. You'll laugh out loud, but don’t dismiss them just yet: these hilarious, self-deprecating personal ads have given rise to friendships, marriages, and at least one divorce.


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