24 March 2011

Love Turns You Upside Down List Review: Other People's Love Letters

2¢ Worth: Love is a many splendored thing, right? Well get ready for a book like no other!

First dates,
love notes,
sex,
break-ups,
hook-ups,
marriages,
divorces,
births,

on

napkins,
telegrams,
text messages,
want ads,
notebook paper,
emails,
typed letters,
post cards,
sticky notes,
and even a airplane vomit bag

SAMPLES FROM BOOK:


have all been compiled, photographed, and bound. Resulting in a book that is voyeuristic, sweet, funny, occasionally raunchy, and falls somewhere between a photography book, a social study, and a coffee table book.

Word to the wise:
  • The real gem is in the back of the book where the editor gives the reader back history on some of the notes and their writers. One particular man wrote a huge long list of all the things he loved about his wife. She died shortly after the note was written. I believe I will always think back to that list.
  • Bill Shapiro also released a book called Other People's Rejection Letters:150 Letters You're Happy You Didn't Get
Wholly: Love Letters is a candid, 3 star, peak at love in today's day and age. So expect some sour with the sweet.


Review Copyright © of Tales of Whimsy.com

Images Copyright
© of Other People’s Love Letters, Bill Shapiro,
and Clarkson Potter Publishers/Random House


Thank you to Charlotte of The Book on the Hill for making this review possible.

46 comments :

  1. Great share Juju. Reminds me of the PostSecret site and books....but centered on love (in it's many forms). Thanks for sharing! ^_^

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  2. I love your review even when it is a 3 star book. That is a true talent. You turn them all into 5 star reads.

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  3. Ahh this sounds kinda sweet. what is it about romance that thrills us gals. I think the sweetest love letters I ever read was Ronald Reagan's ll's to Nancy...that book made me cry!!

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  4. Oh it sounds cool. I want to get it so I can show it to my husband (just in case he needs any ideas).

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  5. This sounds so sweet! I have to find this book.

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  6. I have to have this...What a fantastic book

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  7. I like your review! Cute! :)

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  8. awww the one on the back sounds like a tearjerker!

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  9. Great review, Juju! What a neat premise for a book.

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  10. Definitely the perfect coffee table book.

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  11. Love the review! And so sad though for that last one you mentioned. :o( I'm always fearful of those types of things, thus the reason I have a journal of letters to my hubby, I was inspired by the book about the letters between Nancy & Ronald Regan...loved that book!

    This book actually reminds me a bit of the one that's coming out soon called, thx thx thx. I read it off Net Galley super fast, because it's just little cards from the author thanking this or that. Really cute book! Love these! :o)

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  12. I think it would be nice to donate that book to my GP surgery (UK doctor's clinic). I would love to browse that book while waiting for an hour and a half for my "appointment" an hour ago :)

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  13. What an awesome book! I definitely want to read this and the 150 rejection letter book!

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  14. What a cool concept! I have never read something like this before.

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  15. Awesome review!
    It looks like a fun book.

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  16. Oh my gosh this looks like so much fun! I love that we get a little back story on some of the notes too, that makes it even better:)

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  17. ahhh, that's too sweet! and how do you do it? make a 3-star book sound so darn good?

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  18. I love the premise of this book and it sounds so interesting.

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  19. Have you seen the one "P.S. I Hate It Here! Kids' Letters From Camp" from Diane Falanga? HILARIOUS! and pocket sized! :)

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  20. sounds super cute. would love to read some of the sticky notes.

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  21. Sounds like a fun and romantic read.

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  22. I've seen these types of books at the bookstore and I can't resist flipping through them. Some of the ideas and notes are really creative and sweet. Most bring little smiles to my face.

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  23. Like so many others, I'm intrigued by the notes people write to one another -- especially when they're handwritten! Sounds like a fun collection.

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  24. Aw, this sounds like a nice read!

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  25. this sounds like a great coffee table book. Very cute and imaginative! Thanks for the review!

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  26. How interesting! I'll have to look for this one. I love personal glimpses into people's lives (though not reality TV--go figure).

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  27. Just dropping by to say "hi!" *waves* :)

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  28. Sounds like a great light read.But you got me intrigued with the book. Wonder it's very cute =)

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  29. ha! this looks awesome. people are so creative.

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  30. Passport: Agreed :)

    Cherry: Hi sweetie! *waves back* oh and BRILLIANT idea donating it to a doctor's office ;)

    Meredith: Agreed! I enjoyed this but I hate reality tv ;)

    Elie, Darlyn, Cari, Room, Lizzy, Meg, Blueice, Jenny N., VV, Kaye, Stacy Novel, YABook Queen, Jenny, Gina Hott, Misha, Marce, Christie, Carrie Hammock, Aths, Liz, Midnight, Coffee, and Blod: Thanks ladies and thanks for your comments :)

    Julie Swell: I know! Me too! Perhaps it will give me some insight on what writers go through ;)

    Missie: Ooo me too! :)

    Tipsy: No I haven't but you're right, that does sound adorable! :)

    Danielle Angel: Oooo what a sweet idea! I've been collecting my cards from Mr. Whimsy and maybe I should put mine in a journal/keepsake book. Now I'm curious to see Nancy and Ronny's :)

    Alexis: *giggle* Good thought!

    Tina: I need to get that book :)

    BookBelle: Ahhhhh thanks dollcakes! :)

    GMR: PostSecret? I must look that up :)

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  31. Great idea for a book! Maybe if I ever create my lush romantic guestroom, I'll have it sitting in there, among other romance books :)

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  32. GG: A romantic guestroom? Sounds delightful! What kind of sheets would you do?

    Natalie: :)

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  33. Sounds interesting and somewhat voyeuristic.

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  34. This sounds so stinkin' cute! I've never heard of it before either! :)

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  35. Sarah: Hi Sarah! Thanks for visiting :) It is pretty fun.

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  36. This reminds me of an album by Elvis Costello where he put to music letter people wrote to Juliet (yes, the one Shakespeare invented).

    They were very poetic and touching as well as tragic in their own way.

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  37. Manoflabook: Wow. Well said :) Now I really want to find that song.

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