Other People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See

Other People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See


Edited by Bill Shapiro

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  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 211mm x 25mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307382648
  • ISBN 13: 9780307382641
  • Illustrations note: 150-175 Colour Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 40,404

Product description

This is a collection of actual letters by hundreds of people presented exactely as they were written. The book provides an uncensored and voyeuristic look at modern love's most intense (and creative) moments.

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Author information

Bill Shapiro is the former editor of LIFE magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Review quote

“If I have learned only one thing from a) personal experience and b) Vivian Cash's fascinating memoir, "I Walked the Line," it is this: No human can compose a love letter without seeming slightly insane. Love letters are like suicide notes -- if someone is in the emotional position to consider writing one, they're generally in the worst psychological position to make any cogent sense. That disconnect is what makes "Other People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See"  a painfully entertaining twelve-minute read. Edited by former "Life" magazine editor Bill Shapiro (and presented like Davy Rothbart's Found series), the book delivers exactly what it purports: random personal letters from people who are either wildly ecstatic or profoundly depressed over the condition of their romantic existence. (One of my favorite entries is from a person who just printed the word liar 183 consecutive times.) Judging from the contents of these notes, we appear to live in a so