Three books to give your lover

With Valentine's Day coming up, choosing presents that surprise and excite is a challenging task. Why not a book? Books are durable and provide hours of entertainment, and suggest that you think the love of your life is savvy and smart.


The CBC Books team offers three suggestions for romance-worthy presents on Tuesday, February 14:


The Art of Fielding by Chad Harsbach

Harsbach's debut novel is about a baseball team at a small liberal arts college, but it's also about so much more. It's about love and loss, fitting in and growing up, and discovering that what you want and what you need may end up being two very different things. It's the ultimate love letter to many things, from Moby Dick to America's pastime, which makes it the perfect unexpected gift for the lover of literature in your life.


The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

This soon-to-be classic tale of love against all odds has everything: romance, mystery and (best of all!) time travel. Claire and Henry are meant to be together. But this isn't your typical sappy story. Niffenegger deftly weaves together a romantic tale with lyrical contemplation on what it means to be alive, in biological, physiological, chemical and temporal terms. This is the romance novel for the anti-romance novel reader.


The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Ernest Hemingway was a difficult man to love. The Paris Wife is the story of his tumultuous relationship with his first wife, Hadley Richardson, as they meet in Chicago, live in Paris (with a brief stint in Toronto) and struggle with Hemingway's desperation to succeed, their growing family and the intoxicating allure of the artisan life in 1920s Paris. It's A Moveable Feast from her perspective and the difficulties of loving someone above all else, against rhyme or reason. Give The Paris Wife to anyone who has ever loved someone when it was in their best interest not to.

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