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

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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: 41,296

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Fevered notes scribbled on napkins after first dates. Titillating text messages. It's-not-you-it's-me relationship-enders. In "Other People's Love Letters," Bill Shapiro has searched America's attics, closets, and cigar boxes and found actual letters-unflinchingly honest missives full of lust, provocation, guilt, and vulnerability-written only for a lover's eyes. Modern love, of course, is not all bliss, and in these pages you'll find the full range of a relationship, with its whispered promises as well as its heartache. But what at first appears to be a deliciously voyeuristic peek into other people's most passionate moments, will ultimately reawaken your own desires and tenderness...because when you read these letters, you'll find the heart you're looking into is actually your own. - "i think UR great. wanna have wine & Tequila again sometime?" - "I can't believe you're real, and I think about you constantly in some way or the other all day. I haven't given the finger to anyone driving since I met you." - "With you I learned how to fight cleaner, how to talk things out better, and how to make a strong loving family out of nothing. These are priceless gifts that I will carry with me the rest of my life. One more thing you did for me: you left, and I had to get through it." - "P.S. I look forward to your letters too much to call. Also, where do you stand on chains?"

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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