Valentine’s Day is looming but a few days away, and the Library can help make it special with books, programs, and lots more. Plus it’s all free, a win-win situation if you ask me! It’s also a great time to think back on all the wonderful books that have reminded me of the power of romance and love. One of those is a book that I recommended last month called The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (2011). In this previous column, the focus was the general plot line of the book but what I didn’t mention was the soul wrenching love story that ensnares Celia and Marco, the characters caught up in an unending rivalry that passes from night to night. In addition, there are the adoring fans, or “rêveurs”, of the circus that follow it across the globe and back with a feverish following.
Not to leave the best for last, but like all good romances there has to be a touch of Italy to make it authentic. The Valentine books by Adriana Trigiani include Very Valentine (2009) and Brava Valentine (2010) introduce the reader to Valentine Roncalli, her eccentric family and their business, the Angelini Shoe Company. The family has been making one of a kind wedding shoes in Greenwich Village since 1903. Valentine wants to bring the business into a new age while facing self-doubt, unpredictable romantic scenarios, and lots of family drama. The story spans New York and Italy seamlessly, will make you want to create shoes, and drive home the importance of love for yourself, family, passions, and life. Happy reading this Valentine’s Day.