Staff picks: What's your favorite love story?

We know Valentine's Day is over, but there's still plenty of time to curl up with a good love story. The booksellers at The Bookloft on Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington compiled this list of their favorite romantic reads:

"Beloved" by Toni Morrison.

— Pam Pescosolido

"The Golem and the Jinni" by Helene Wecker. It's one of her staff picks, and she calls it a "magically enthralling read, with well-spun adventure, mystery, and heart-breaking truths."

— Zazu Galdos-Shapiro

"North and South" by Elizabeth Gaskell. "You get the pride and manners of Austen mixed in with a little of the dust, grit, and loss of Dickens."

— Julia Hobart

"Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence" by Nick Bantock. She loves how "weirdly romantic" this tactile story is (with its envelopes to open and handwritten correspondences to explore.)

— Virginia Watkins

"A Little Life" by Hanya Yanagihara is doubly-picked by both Kathleen and Will. Kathleen calls this "beautiful story of friendship between four young men" one of the best books she has ever read.

— Kathleen Keeler and Will Hatch

"Reincarnation Blues" by Michael Poore. It's a love story between two, well, not people exactly. Milo is the oldest soul in the afterlife. Suzie is Death. Milo and Suzie are in love, and have been for eight millennia, but this love affair is preventing Milo from reaching Perfection and is throwing the Universe off balance. Gio says, "When you've lived someone for eight thousand years, it's hard to give that person, or anthropomorphised idea, up."

— Giovanni Boivin

"Confessions of an Accidental Zoo Curator" by Annette Libeskind Berkovits. This book showcases a beautiful "serious global commitment to the loving care of animals all over the world."

— Linda Csyz

"Calvin and Hobbes" by Bill Watterson. A young boy's love for his stuffed tiger is "one of the purest, most profound, and most realistic partnerships" he's ever read. Just look at their expressions here in the tree together!"

— Tim Oberg

"Frog and Toad" stories by Arnold Lobel. Ellyne loves the friendship displayed in the story.

— Ellyne Raeuber

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