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Before Email - We Used to Write Letters


Recommended by Rebecca, with the library's Adult Department.

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

by Bill Shapiro
1431749.jpg A delightful collection of notes, letters and email that will inspire the romantic in every reader. I especially loved the postscript where the author shares the story behind a few of the letters and an update about how the relationship fared. I plan to borrow some ideas from this book and send some love letters of my own to the love of my life who Ive been married to for more that 26 years.

Dear Frankie


A touching and funny movie about a mother who has been writing letters under the guise of her estranged husband to her deaf son Frankie for years. When Frankie discovers that his dads ship will dock near where they are living, Frankies mother hires a kind, handsome stranger to pretend to be Frankies dad. A lovely story that is sure to touch your heart.

13 Little Blue Envelopes

by Maureen Johnson
1358968.jpg I thoroughly enjoyed this novel in which 17-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious letters from her favorite aunt. She leaves New Jersey for Europe on a scavenger hunt that changes her life. Dont be put off by the fact that its in the teen section.

P.S. I Love You

by Cecelia Ahern
1317209.jpg When her high school sweetheart and beloved husband, Gerry, dies at age 30, Holly doesnt know how to go on without him. Two months after his death Holly receives a package and finds that Gerry has left her a letter for each of the next ten months. This one will have you laughing and crying, sometimes both at the same time. The film starring Hillary Swank was released in late 2007.

Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence

by Nick Bantock
1192195.jpg A fictional story told in letters and postcards. This very cool trilogy of books actually contains postcards and letters pasted in the book that you must open to read. The artwork is gorgeous too. You can borrow this from the library but Ill bet youll likely want to buy it for your very own.