11 Single Lady-Approved Books for Valentine’s Day
Spending Valentine’s Day solo is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your singledom rather than bemoan it. The day is supposed to be about love, and there’s no better love to acknowledge than the love you give yourself, right?! (Sappy? Sure, but so, so true!). We’re sharing 11 hilarious, touching, relatable, wise and original books that will leave you feeling proud of your single lady independence.
1. Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney ($10): At 25 years old, Heaney has never been on a second date. Her disarming and honest way of writing about her dating struggles in her memoir will make you want to give her a hug — and then share a bottle of wine.
<em> </em>by Samantha Irby ($15): A sharp, incisive extension of her wildly popular blog, bitchesgottaeat.com, Samantha Irby’s collection of short stories chronicles her time as a black woman with Crohn’s disease navigating the dating world. While that may sound uber-specific, Irby’s writing in Meaty is actually incredibly inclusive and totally relatable.
4. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling ($16): Mindy Kaling says what we’re all thinking (again) with her second book of essays. Even though she’s a wildly successful actress, writer, producer and general superstar, Kaling’s personal and honest way of writing about trying to find love, making friends and accepting yourself is super relatable. It’s almost like she’s our BFF (we wish).
<em> </em>by Nora Ephron ($10): Sure, you’ve seen all her movies (multiple times) but have you read Nora Ephron’s only novel? Following the same sweet, quirky and girl power-y themes as her beloved films, Heartburn is a fictionalized account of Ephron’s own heartbreak after the break-up of her first marriage. Rachel Samstat is a cookbook author with a hilariously vengeful streak who ultimately uses her sadness to find self-fulfillment.
<em> </em>by Alyssa Shelasky ($14): Freelance entertainment writer Alyssa Shelasky moved from New York City to Washington DC to build a “love nest” with her Top Chef cutie fiancé, Spike Mendelsohn. She taught herself to cook to keep herself sane in the process. Apron Anxiety is the sly, sexy and captivating recollection of this mad, passionate time in Shelasky’s life. It will make you laugh, cry and ultimately leave you feeling inspired to both love and cook to your heart’s content.
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