My idea of a Feb. 14 gift

February 14th, 2007

I heart chocolate 365 days a yearI don’t know about you, but I don’t need to wait till February 14th rolls around to tell someone I love them, gorge myself with chocolate, or nab me some pretty flowers. I also don’t do diamonds. I do books. And in honor of this ridiculous Hallmark holiday, I thought I’d recommend some books — many by pals of mine — that singles, couples, and moms may dig.

For singles…

How to Date in a Post-Dating World. Written by Diane Mapes, who also writes a spit-your-soda-all-over-your-keyboard-it’s-so-funny column on the single life for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Single State of the Union: Single Women Speak Out on Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Diane’s new anthology, featuring the essay “House Without a Spouse” by yours truly, is hot off the presses. Stay tuned for readings this spring.

Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After. If you’re sick of your family asking, “So when are you gonna settle down?” or your boss saddling you with a fatter workload than your married coworkers, you will love Dr. Bella DePaulo‘s insightful, irreverent book.

For love bugs who want to up the ante…

Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides. A must for women thinking about getting hitched. And if you want to hear more from the sock-puppet-toting, penis-water-bottle-guzzling woman herself, Ariel’s currently doing book readings all over the Pacific Northwest.

Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women. Don’t listen to anyone who says you have to dumb yourself down if you’re a het woman who wants to hook up. Dr. Christine Whelan commissioned a bigass Harris Interactive study for this book and found that 90 percent of high-achieving men want to be with a woman who’s at least as smart as them and 80 percent of high-achieving men want a woman who’s at least as accomplished and educated as them.

For mommies…

Single Mom Seeking: Playdates, Blind Dates, and Other Dispatches from the Dating World. Reviewers are calling Rachel Sarah‘s book “sexy,” “edgy,” and “hot.” Publisher’s Weekly says it’s “a west coast Sex in the City roundup of romantic escapades and frustrated desires for the Pampers (as opposed to the pampered) set.” Juicy!

Confessions of a Naughty Mommy: How I Found My Lost Libido. Further proof that sex doesn’t stop with motherhood! In her dishy book, author Heidi Raykeil tells moms whose sex lives are lagging how to put that spring back in their step.

Entry Filed under: Gift guide,The singles table

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Carmine Coyote  |  February 14th, 2007 at 7:41 am

    How about “Slow Leadership: Civilizing the Organization” now available from Amazon.com?

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