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A book about a book about love sounds daunting, but Nicole Krauss shapes her ideas so seamlessly that you hardly notice. The History of Love is a story about a young girl named Alma who wants to cure her mother’s loneliness, and tries to do so by tracking down the author of a book her mother is translating. It’s also about an old man named Leo who’s just trying to hold onto life a little longer, until he can accomplish something, like finally writing a book. These two seemingly unrelated narratives weave together to help you remember there’s more to life than words--although they do help.

I have read this novel twice because I cannot get over how beautiful the prose is. It’s a story that makes me cry, but also makes me hopeful for what love the world holds.


If this book sounds interesting, you might also like The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Recommended by Kim Anguish


AlliePosted November 1, 2016

This sounds great! Putting it on my list!

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