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Love Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Many Ways We Celebrate Love and Romance

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Ah, love… everyone wants to experience it, and if they have it, they want more. This collection of letters, quotations, and fun facts will satisfy every curious reader. Love Miscellany reveals a fascinating history of romance, answering questions like where the heart symbol originated, which aphrodisiacs really work, why chocolates and roses are the gifts of love, and much more. Share a little wisdom about the most powerful passion with this lovely gift book.

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Love Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Many Ways We Celebrate Love and Romance

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Overview

Ah, love… everyone wants to experience it, and if they have it, they want more. This collection of letters, quotations, and fun facts will satisfy every curious reader. Love Miscellany reveals a fascinating history of romance, answering questions like where the heart symbol originated, which aphrodisiacs really work, why chocolates and roses are the gifts of love, and much more. Share a little wisdom about the most powerful passion with this lovely gift book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616083861
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Series: Books of Miscellany Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah A. Levine is a writer and editor who has written on everything from adoption in school to women in the workplace. For over a decade, she was the editorial director for Nick.com, the Web site for the global kids’ TV net-work, Nickelodeon. She’s also the author of the children’s book Parker Picks (Simon & Schuster, 2002). Deborah lives with her husband, two kids, and two cats in Brooklyn, New York.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

How use Celebrate Love

1 The Patron Saint of Love: Did St. Valentine really exist? 4

2 When in Rome…: How did Valentine's Day become a celebration of love? 8

3 That's Amore: How is Valentine's Day celebrated around the world? 14

4 Save the Date: The many ways couples tie the knot abroad 28

Symbols of Love

5 Shoot that Golden Arrow: Who was Cupid (and what's with the diaper?) 46

6 I ♥ U: Where did the heart symbol originate? 56

7 Hand in Glove: Why is the glove a symbol of love? 68

8 Frills and Spills: What the heck is a doily? 72

9 For the Love of Roses: Why is this bloom so popular with paramours? 78

Offerings

10 Love Letters: Why do we exchange notes of sweet nothings? 90

11 How do I Love Thee?: What are some of the greatest love quotes of all time? 100

12 Card Crazy: When was the heyday of Valentine? 108

13 The Heart-Shaped Box: Why do we give chocolate to our sweethearts? 122

14 The Way to the Heart…: What are aphrodisiacs (and do they really work?) 134

Modern Times

15 Be Mine: Who invented Conversation Hearts candies? 144

16 Text Me: How is technology changing valentine's day? 150

17 Date Night: Unique ideas for sweeping your loved one off their feet 158

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