The Curious History of Love

The Curious History of Love


  • Author : Jean-Claude Kaufmann
  • Publisher : Polity
  • Release Date : 2011-12-12
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
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  • ISBN 10 : 9780745651545


The Curious History of Love Book Description :

The one emotion that matters most to many people is the one about which social thinkers rarely speak - love. For many people, love is the thing that matters most in their lives: they are searching for love, hoping to find in love a kind of happiness that they cannot find in their work or by surrounding themselves with material goods. But where does this peculiar and powerful blending together of love and happiness come from, and why do we find it such a compelling idea today? In this short book Jean-Claude Kaufmann offers a fresh account of the history of a feeling unlike any other. The modern idea of love as passion was born in the 12th century but it was marginalized by the rise of a kind of instrumental, calculating reason that became increasingly...

The Curious History of Dating

The Curious History of Dating


  • Author : Nichi Hodgson
  • Publisher : Robinson
  • Release Date : 2017-01-26
  • Genre: Humor
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  • ISBN 10 : 9781472138057


The Curious History of Dating Book Description :

'A new approach to romance... The heroines of Regency novels could teach today's young women a trick or two' Sunday Times What if Mr Darcy had simply been able to swipe right? 'This book was a real education for me. It's like a Lonely Planet guidebook to dating.' Gilo 'Lessons to learn for committed singletons and happily married alike, and everyone in between.' Anon 'I loved it.' Adele Taylor 'I found it hard to put down.' richie666 Dating has never been easy. The road to true love has always been rutted with heartbreak, but do we have it any easier today? How did Victorians 'come out'? How did love blossom in war-torn Europe? And why did 80s video-dating never take off? Bursting with little-known facts and tantalizing tales of lovelorn men and beso...

The History of Love  A Novel
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The History of Love A Novel


  • Author : Nicole Krauss
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2006-05-17
  • Genre: Fiction
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  • ISBN 10 : 9780393342840


The History of Love A Novel Book Description :

ONE OF THE MOST LOVED NOVELS OF THE DECADE. A long-lost book reappears, mysteriously connecting an old man searching for his son and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother's loneliness. Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he’s still alive. But it wasn’t always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book…Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With virtuosic skill and soaring imaginative power, Nicole Krauss gradually draws these stories together toward a climax of "extraordinary depth and beauty" (Newsday)....

Love Entwined

Love Entwined


  • Author : Helen Sheumaker
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date : 2007-05-29
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
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  • ISBN 10 : 0812203402


Love Entwined Book Description :

Using a wide array of evidence drawn from poetry, fiction, diaries, letters, and examples of hairwork, Love Entwined traces the widespread popularity of the craft from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century....

A Curious History of Sex

A Curious History of Sex


  • Author : Kate Lister
  • Publisher : Unbound Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-02-06
  • Genre: Social Science
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  • ISBN 10 : 9781783528066


A Curious History of Sex Book Description :

This is not a comprehensive study of every sexual quirk, kink and ritual across all cultures throughout time, as that would entail writing an encyclopaedia. Rather, this is a drop in the ocean, a paddle in the shallow end of sex history, but I hope you will get pleasantly wet nonetheless. The act of sex has not changed since people first worked out what went where, but the ways in which society dictates how sex is culturally understood and performed have varied significantly through the ages. Humans are the only creatures that stigmatise particular sexual practices, and sex remains a deeply divisive issue around the world. Attitudes will change and grow – hopefully for the better – but sex will never be free of stigma or shame unless we acknowled...

The Paradox of Love

The Paradox of Love


  • Author : Pascal Bruckner
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-02-13
  • Genre: Philosophy
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  • ISBN 10 : 9780691149141


The Paradox of Love Book Description :

Drawing on history, politics, psychology and pop culture, the author traces the roots of sexual liberation to explain love's supreme paradox, and concludes that love's messiness, surprises and paradoxes are not merely the sources of its pain--but also of its pleasure....

The Phone Book
Score: 3
From 6 Ratings

The Phone Book


  • Author : Ammon Shea
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2010-10-05
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101444115


The Phone Book Book Description :

Read Ammon Shea's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community. A surprising, lively, and rich history of that ubiquitous doorstop that most of us take for granted. Ammon Shea is not your typical thirtysomething book enthusiast. After reading the Oxford English Dictionary from cover to cover (and living to write about it in Reading the OED), what classic, familiar, but little-read book would he turn to next? Yes, the phone book. With his signature combination of humor, curiosity, and passion for combing the dustbins of history, Shea offers readers a guided tour into the surprising, strange, and often hilarious history of the humble phone book. From the first printed version in 1878 (it had fifty listings and no numbers) to the phone book's role i...

Londonopolis

Londonopolis


  • Author : Martin Latham
  • Publisher : Pavilion Books
  • Release Date : 2014-11-06
  • Genre: History
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  • ISBN 10 : 9781849942829


Londonopolis Book Description :

This curious history of London whisks you down the rabbit hole and into the warren of backstreets, landmarks, cemeteries, palaces, markets, museums and secret gardens of the great metropolis. Meet the cockneys, politicians, fairies, philosophers, gangsters and royalty that populate the city, their stories becoming curiouser and curiouser as layers of time and history are peeled back. Find out which tube station once housed the Elgin Marbles and what lies behind a Piccadilly doorway that helped Darwin launch his theory of evolution and caused the Swedes to wage war against Britain. Do you believe in fairies? Do you know which Leadenhall site became a Nag's Head tavern, morphing into the mighty East India Company, before taking flight as the futuristic...

Terrors of the Table
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

Terrors of the Table


  • Author : Walter Gratzer
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2006-11-23
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0191578622


Terrors of the Table Book Description :

Terrors of the Table is an absorbing account of the struggle to find the necessary ingredients of a healthy diet, and the fads and quackery that have always waylaid the unwary and the foolish when it comes to the matter of food and health. Walter Gratzer tells the tale of nutrition's heroes, heroines and charlatans with characteristic crispness and verve. We find an array of colourful personalities, from the distinguished but quarrelsome Liebig, to the enterprising Lydia Pinkham. But we also find the slow recognition that the lack of vital ingredients can cause terrible illnesses - scurvy, rickets, beriberi. These diseases stalked the poor in the West even into the 20th century, and scandalously remain in poorer parts of the world today. The narrativ...

The Curious History of the Crossword

The Curious History of the Crossword


  • Author : Ben Tausig
  • Publisher : Race Point Pub
  • Release Date : 2013-11-27
  • Genre: Games & Activities
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781937994457


The Curious History of the Crossword Book Description :

Discover the curious history of the world's most addictive game and its unusual upbringing. Celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the beloved crossword puzzle, readers can solve over 100 different puzzles from top constructors....