The History of Love (Paperback)

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"Leo Gursky is trying to
survive a little bit longer, tapping his radiator each evening to let
his upstairs neighbor know he's still alive, drawing attention to
himself at the milk counter of Starbucks. But life wasn't always like
this: sixty years ago, in the Polish village where he was born, Leo fell
in love and wrote a book. And although he doesn't know it, that book
also survived: it crossed oceans and generations, and changed lives."
Fourteen-year-old Alma was named after a character in that book. She has
her hands full keeping track of her little brother Bird (who thinks he
might be the Messiah) and taking copious notes in her book, How to
Survive in the Wild Volume Three. But when a mysterious letter arrives
in the mail she undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save
her family.

— Jessilynn

    The History of Love was published years ago but somehow I missed it. If you have too then I highly suggest you pick it up, (we just happen to always have some on our staff picks shelf) and cancel all of your plans for the day. You won't regret it.
Leo Gursky is a retired locksmith who's afraid to die without anyone noticing. He makes scenes where ever he goes, hoping to get looks. He bangs on his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he's still alive. His life wasn't always this lonely. Growing up in Poland, he fell in love with a girl named Alma before she was sent to America during WWII where she eventually married someone else. He also wrote a novel in Poland and titled it The History of Love. He entrusted the novel to a friend who later told Leo it had been lost, when in truth, the "friend" published it under his own name. 
Meanwhile, a teenage girl called Alma, named after the character in the lost book, finds herself in a life she never expected. Her father has passed away leaving her mother a shell of what she once was, and her younger brother is convinced that he is the next messiah. Alma spends her time searching for someone to make her mother happy, or a way to make their lives normal again. 
    That's as much as I can tell you. I can't give away the ending! I will say that this beautiful novel is one of my favorites (that's a big deal) and I can't wait to read it again and again. 

— Sam

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Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he's still alive. But it wasn t always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book. . . . Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With virtuosic skill and soaring imaginative power, Nicole Krauss gradually draws these stories together toward a climax of extraordinary depth and beauty (Newsday).
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393328622
ISBN-10: 0393328627
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 17th, 2006
Pages: 252
Language: English

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