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Jul 7 2008

Love Conquers All–Even “Bad” Books?

by Nolan R

“So…what’s your favorite book?” A simple question, but one that could possibly make or break a relationship? Could be, according to Rachel Donadio, whose essay, “It’s Not You, It’s Your Books,” was published in the New York Times Book Review in March.

Naming a favorite book or author can be fraught with peril. Go too low, and you risk looking dumb. Go too high, and you risk looking like a bore — or a phony.

While it’s not always a question of being too literary (or not enough), sometimes it just comes down to personal taste. I’m not sure that my husband’s love of Hemingway would have driven me away in the first week of dating, but I do think if he didn’t enjoy reading at all we might have a more serious conflict.

To hear more of Donadio’s thoughts on the topic, listen to the NPR interview “Books: A Canary in the Relationship Coal Mine?.”

And let us know–what are your deal-breaker books?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

joe m. July 17, 2008 at 4:16 PM

i’m not sure that i have any “deal-breaker” books or authors in particular, but i enjoyed the article nonetheless. thanks for sharing!

Kelly K. July 24, 2008 at 4:17 PM

The DaVinci Code is totally a deal breaker book!

Greg H. June 17, 2010 at 2:33 PM

V.C. Andrews…and any of the current glut of vampire/zombie books. Consider ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE SLAYER. Wha? Where will it end?

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