The Book of Love: Improvisations on a Crazy Little Thing

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Ecco Press
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5.0 X 7.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Roger Rosenblatt is the author of six off-Broadway plays and eighteen books, including Lapham Rising, Making Toast, Kayak Morning and The Boy Detective. He is the recipient of the 2015 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement.


While plenty of writers have tried their hand at capturing the improvisational brilliance of jazz, with varying degrees of success, Rosenblatt's wanderings with the subject of love are like Coltrane at the Village Vanguard. When you hear it, you know." -- Kirkus Reviews

"[This book] could probably be read in one sitting, but it's too clever, and it dashes here and there, and for many such reasons, it's a book to savor. Moreover, it can be opened and read at nearly any point. For Rosenblatt--wittily, urbanely, wholeheartedly--is in love... -- Booklist

"Forget the flowers and candy. This year's ultimate Valentine's Day treat is Roger Rosenblatt's impressionistic riff on what makes the heart beat faster." -- O, the Oprah Magazine

"Who wrote The Book of Love? This month, it's Roger Rosenblatt; by interspersing romantic verses with personal and fictional vignettes, he composes a symphony of amore." -- Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair

"Interweaving short reflections with notes to his wife of 50 years, Rosenblatt crafts a colorful riff on love in all its forms." -- Good Housekeeping

"Just in time for Valentine's Day, Rosenblatt (The Boy Detective) uses lines from love songs to riff on everybody's favorite subject." -- USA Today, New and Noteworthy-Lead Pick

"Brimming with lyrical musings and offering uniquely experiential perspectives, THE BOOK OF LOVE is delightfully inventive, imaginative and deep." --

"By opening up his own heart and mind, Rosenblatt creates a work so diverse and comprehensive that it feels more like a shared dream than merely an intricately written reflection of one man's life and loves." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)