Why We Need Love

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Vital insights and wisdom on the perennial question of why we need love

This book explores how some of the greatest minds of civilization have tackled a question that continues to play a vital part in our lives today. In Why We Need Love, Simon Van Booy curates an enlightening collection of excerpts, passages, and paintings, presenting works by Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, John Donne, William Blake, George Eliot, Emily Dickinson, O....

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Overview

Vital insights and wisdom on the perennial question of why we need love

This book explores how some of the greatest minds of civilization have tackled a question that continues to play a vital part in our lives today. In Why We Need Love, Simon Van Booy curates an enlightening collection of excerpts, passages, and paintings, presenting works by Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, John Donne, William Blake, George Eliot, Emily Dickinson, O. Henry, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, E. E. Cummings, Anaïs Nin, Marc Chagall, J. Krishnamurti, and others.

Why We Need Love will engage both the serious philosopher and the eternally curious.

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The flip side of Why We Fight is, quite logically, Why We Need Love. Simon Van Booy presides over an anthology that makes you want hug to your neighbor. Editor's recommendation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061845543
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/24/2010
  • Pages: 237
  • Sales rank: 972,029
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Van Booy is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories, including The Secret Lives of People in Love and Love Begins in Winter, which won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He is the editor of three philosophy books and has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and the BBC. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Great Valentine's read

    Made me think about the true nature of love and how lost we are without it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Mossclaw

    Im back

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Noooova

    Nooooo!! Dont die!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Carmelheart

    No! Y-you can't die! I wuv you!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Lilyflower to all

    Stuffes the magic herbs and it heals her no anything and heals the toumor and u guys must move camp im locked out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Silvermoonstar

    "Lilyflower.. no.. just stop with the god moding.. pleasdee just let me die.."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2010

    Wondering Why Love is Needed in Life?

    Why We Need Love is an enlightening book of many collections of stories, poems, and paintings that allow you to answer the vital question of why we need love. This book varies from items such as quotes, poems from Shakespeare and other famous artists, short stories, and paintings that tell of life and love. Overall I thought the book was good, but some of the passages failed to mention anything about love or answer any form of the question of why love is needed in life. One thing I liked most about the book was how it was divided in different sections for a poem or a short story. This particular style made it a quick and easy read. The book could have used some side comments or explanations from the authors to really emphasize the response of why we need love, but overall the book did a good job of finding accurate passages to explain the meaning of love in people's lives. The main message of the book was that love is what brightens our days and adds some color to our lives. Without love life would be lonely and no one would ever have the feeling of being wanted or loved. But you have to truly know what love is to share it with another person. In today's society there is much pressure upon teens to feel they need say they love their boyfriend or girlfriend. This book reminds us of what love really is and how it should be interpreted. It is not a game and not something to be played with. Why We Need Love will leave thoughts in your mind about love today, love in the past, and love in the future.

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    Posted October 15, 2010

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