Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day from Cosimo!

Love is in the air this February! Cosimo is happy to highlight some fantastic books for your Valentine's Day reading: 

Don'ts for Wives by Unknown
"Art is a hard mistress, and there is no art quite so hard as that of being a wife." So begins this entertaining and enlightening booklet of Don'ts for Wives. Discussing such categories as "How to Avoid Discord," "Financial Matters," "Food," and "Evenings at Home," Don'ts for Wives is full of advice for ways in which a proper and loving wife should behave toward her husband. Each chapter is comprised of a list of "don'ts" that wives should follow if they wish to run a successful home and keep their husbands happy. While much of the advice is outdated, a surprising number of her recommendations are still applicable today. Also available as an eBook.

Don'ts for Husbands by Unknown
"Don't look at things solely from a man's point of view. Put yourself in your wife's place and see how you would like some of the things she has to put up with." In this comical, enlightening, and historical booklet originally published in 1913, Blanche Ebbutt shifts sides of the marital equation, delivering advice (some of which still rings true today), to help shape a proper and successful husband. Offering tips on "General Habits," "Jealousy," "Food," and many more timeless topics, Don'ts for Husbands is the perfect gift for anyone interested in the evolution of society, and who ultimately loves to laugh. Also available as an eBook.

Gods and Goddesses in Love by Agapi Stassinopoulus
In ancient times, the Greeks created the gods and goddesses to represent the various personalities of human nature. This book tells the stories of the primary goddesses and gods, and how their myths can provide insight into your own romantic relationships. In the book, the seven archetypal goddesses are portrayed in modern terms, highlighting not only each goddess's unique strengths but also the pitfalls or stumbling blocks she is likely to encounter in a relationship with her partner. Also included are interviews with real couples who reveal how they overcame obstacles to find true love.

Transcendent Sex: When Lovemaking Opens the Veil by Jenny Wade
But what could be better than sex? How about lovemaking that sweeps people into new realities, producing altered states of consciousness a thousand times more powerful than the most earth-shattering orgasm? Lovemaking so spectacular that it truly is a religious experience? This revealing book tells of lovers who engaged in sex as usual and suddenly found the veil between the worlds torn open. Transcendent Sex, like any other spiritual awakening, changes lives. Atheists have become believers; long-standing psychological wounds have been healed; and the sexually abused have become whole. These are the inspiring, incredible true stories of people who experienced an ecstasy and fulfillment beyond the borders of this world.

Love Letters Made Easy by Gabrielle Rosiere
This delightful 1919 book, reprinted here in a charming replica edition, is a complete guide to what one needs to know to write the perfect love letter. While the advice may be amusingly dated in some of its details (the hidden codes in the alignment of postage stamps are probably no longer appreciated today), the broad counsel would be wisely heeded by those "wounded by Cupid's dart" and hoping to make their best written impression on a beloved. Some conundrums of 21st-century lovers are not, of course, here addressed-you're on your own in deciding whether it's appropriate to propose marriage via email-but almost every contingency a tongue-tied lover may face is addressed with assistance as useful as it is timeless.

A Grumpy Man's Guide to Suburbia 
by Herbert Foster
A Grumpy Man's Guide to Suburbia provides a hilarious perspective on life in the 'burbs. These short essays offer an entertaining look at everyday happenings, like tag sales ("Why would anyone work for fifty hours to make $43.25?") or what not to say when your wife comes home from the hairdresser ("You paid $25 for THAT?") or how to carve a turkey ("Score: Turkey 1, Herb 0"). The author provides humorous commentary on everything from houseguests to neighbors, from barbecuing to shopping for a spouse, and from marital communications to cleaning out the freezer. If you live in the suburbs or are married this book is a must.

Wether you are in a relationship, single, or married, there is a book here for everyone. Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Cosimo!

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