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Skylight Syllabi - Love, Longing, Etc

Stories and Books about love, sex, longing, obsession, loss and more

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All About Love: New Visions (Love Song to the Nation #1) By bell hooks Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060959470
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 30th, 2018

Everyone in the world should have to read this book.


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Bluets By Maggie Nelson Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

Maggie Nelson's Bluets changed my brain chemistry permanently.


Young Mungo By Douglas Stuart Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802162120
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Published: Grove Press - March 21st, 2023

Queer, Scottish, Coming-of-Age. Tap in.


Giovanni's Room: Introduction by Colm Tóibín (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) By James Baldwin, Colm Toibin (Introduction by) Cover Image
By James Baldwin, Colm Toibin (Introduction by)
$24.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781101907740
Published: Everyman's Library - March 1st, 2016

If you haven't read James Baldwin yet, please, god, do so. A perfect book on sexual awakening and love.


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The Price of Salt, or Carol By Patricia Highsmith Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393325997
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 17th, 2004

Obsession? Love? Salt Economy? Lesbians? Rooney Mara? Find out.


Consumed By Emily Robinson, Jordan Fry (Editor), Priscilla Brett (Designed by) Cover Image
By Emily Robinson, Jordan Fry (Editor), Priscilla Brett (Designed by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781989119426
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Published: Grey Borders Books - October 1st, 2023

Girl goes to Italy. Girl meets girl. Girl eats girl. Girl Loves Girl. We Love Girl. Girl, read Girl.


Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Clothbound Classics) By Jane Austen, Vivien Jones (Editor), Vivien Jones (Introduction by), Tony Tanner (Introduction by), Vivien Jones (Notes by), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Cover design or artwork by) Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Vivien Jones (Editor), Vivien Jones (Introduction by), Tony Tanner (Introduction by), Vivien Jones (Notes by), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Cover design or artwork by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780141040349
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 27th, 2009

Imagine telling a man he needs to change and he does it?!


Couplets: A Love Story By Maggie Millner Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374612818
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 6th, 2024

Be still, my traitorous heart. Beat only evermore for Maggie Millner's poems.


Love Poems By Pablo Neruda, Donald D. Walsh (Translated by) Cover Image
By Pablo Neruda, Donald D. Walsh (Translated by)
$11.95
ISBN: 9780811217293
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Published: New Directions - January 17th, 2008

The undisputed, heavyweight, love poem champion of the world.


Delta Of Venus By Anaïs Nin Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780156029032
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Published: Mariner Books Classics - February 2nd, 2004

You don't know sexy until you know Anais Nin.


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In the Miso Soup By Ryu Murakami, Ralph McCarthy (Translated by) Cover Image
By Ryu Murakami, Ralph McCarthy (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143035695
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2006

Violence, Fetishization, Sex. A tourism story gone horribly awry.


Love in the Time of Cholera (Vintage International) By Gabriel García Márquez Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307389732
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Published: Vintage - October 5th, 2007

One could argue it's really love in the time of whenever you read it. A Latin American all-timer and a perfect post-pandemic book. Must read.


The Lover By Marguerite Duras Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780375700521
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Published: Pantheon - September 8th, 1998

Teenager! Adult man? In love....? Oh no. In Saigon!


The Marriage Plot: A Novel By Jeffrey Eugenides Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250014764
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Published: Picador - September 4th, 2012

It's like the Virgin Suicides, but if it was completely different and didn't traumatize you, and was about three college friends as they move forward in life. Great beach read.


Simple Passion By Annie Ernaux, Tanya Leslie (Translated by) Cover Image
By Annie Ernaux, Tanya Leslie (Translated by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781583225745
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Published: Seven Stories Press - August 5th, 2003

Ernaux does it again. Show 'em why ya got that Nobel Annie. Lots of longing in this one.


Near to the Wild Heart By Clarice Lispector, Alison Entrekin (Translated by), Benjamin Moser (Preface by) Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Alison Entrekin (Translated by), Benjamin Moser (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811220026
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Published: New Directions - June 13th, 2012

Interiority? You surely can't know her until you've read this. Follow a young woman through it all, as told my the inimitable Clarice Lispector.


Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience By Brené Brown Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399592553
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Published: Random House - November 30th, 2021

Maps are useless here. Take this atlas.


The End of Love: Sex and Desire in the Twenty-First Century By Tamara Tenenbaum, Carolina Parodi (Translator) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9798889660101
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Published: Europa Compass - February 6th, 2024

Ever felt weird dating recently? So has Tamara. You two should chat.


The End of Love: Racism, Sexism, and the Death of Romance By Sabrina Strings Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780807008621
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Published: Beacon Press - January 30th, 2024

See above. But more intense.


Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir By Dolly Alderton Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062968791
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 9th, 2021

Dolly knows a lot about a lot. She seems to know more than most about love though. Charming, funny, simply a treat.


The Feeling of Falling in Love By Mason Deaver Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781338777673
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Published: PUSH - October 31st, 2023

For those of the younger set. Love can be confusing. Figure it out here.


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Carry On (Simon Snow Trilogy #1) By Rainbow Rowell Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250135025
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Published: Wednesday Books - May 9th, 2017

What if Harry and Malfoy fell in love????


Beloved: Pulitzer Prize Winner (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Simply said, one of the greatest novels ever written. Pulitzer Prize is the least of the accolades this book deserves. Explores familial love, intergenerational trauma and ghosts.


Eleven Words for Love: A Journey Through Arabic Expressions of Love By Randa Abdel-fattah, Maxine Beneba Clarke (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536230215
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Published: Candlewick - November 7th, 2023

Shame we only have the one word for it in English. Children's Literature is Literature.


Hug Me By Simona Ciraolo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781909263499
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Published: Flying Eye Books - September 16th, 2014

Sometimes even us prickly ones need a little love.


Abolition is Love By Ware Syrus Marcus, Alannah Fricker (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781644212554
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Published: Triangle Square - September 26th, 2023

See title.


Tropic of Cancer (Miller) By Henry Miller Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802131782
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Published: Grove Press - January 6th, 1994

You've heard it all before. Henry Miller knows the theory of sex. To find out if he was any good, read Henry and June.


Queer Life, Queer Love 2: The Second Anthology (The Queer Life, Queer Love Anthologies) By Matt Bates (Editor), Julia Bell (Editor), Sarah Beal (Editor), Kate Beal (Editor) Cover Image
By Matt Bates (Editor), Julia Bell (Editor), Sarah Beal (Editor), Kate Beal (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781739123826
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Published: Muswell Press - August 8th, 2023

A collection to make you feel seen.


Love in the Big City By Sang Young Park, Anton Hur (Translator) Cover Image
By Sang Young Park, Anton Hur (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802160379
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Published: Grove Press - November 15th, 2022

They're out there somewhere, in the same city as you, right now, reading this same blurb. Go get em.


Pure Colour: A Novel By Sheila Heti Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250863041
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Published: Picador - April 25th, 2023

Fragmentary, small town love. A healthy father and daughter relationship. It must be fiction.


The Pisces: A Novel By Melissa Broder Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781524761561
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Published: Hogarth - February 5th, 2019

Is your life spiraling out of control? Have your shortcomings and lack of self discipline made you cynical? Do you have a rich sister who needs a dog sitter? Well then maybe you too shall end up in Venice and find the merman of your dreams.


Anna Karenina (The Margellos World Republic of Letters) By Leo Tolstoy, Marian Schwartz (Translated by), Gary Saul Morson (Editor) Cover Image
By Leo Tolstoy, Marian Schwartz (Translated by), Gary Saul Morson (Editor)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780300216820
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Published: Yale University Press - July 14th, 2015

Happy ending! Haha, just kidding, but she did it for love.


Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library) By William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat (Editor), Paul Werstine, Ph.D. (Editor) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780743477116
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 1st, 2004

Perhaps more of an infatuation story. Unfortunately, this version doesn't have young Leo in it explicitly. Imagine at your own discretion.


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The Song of Achilles: A Novel By Madeline Miller Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

Just because you know what happens, doesn't mean you won't be weeping by the end.


Norwegian Wood (Vintage International) By Haruki Murakami Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375704024
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2000

Finally you can be that person that reads Murakami and really gets it, you know?


Wuthering Heights (Modern Library Torchbearers) By Emily Bronte, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Emily Bronte, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Introduction by)
$8.00
ISBN: 9780593244036
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Published: Modern Library - December 7th, 2021

The original will they won't they, but with nuanced flawed character, ghosts and moors.


Madame Bovary: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Gustave Flaubert, Lydia Davis (Translated by), Lydia Davis (Introduction by), Lydia Davis (Notes by) Cover Image
By Gustave Flaubert, Lydia Davis (Translated by), Lydia Davis (Introduction by), Lydia Davis (Notes by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143106494
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 4th, 2011

This book was BANNED for being TOO SEXY.


Lady Chatterley's Lover (Modern Library Classics) By D.H. Lawrence, Kathryn Harrison (Introduction by) Cover Image
By D.H. Lawrence, Kathryn Harrison (Introduction by)
$12.00
ISBN: 9780375758003
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Published: Modern Library - September 11th, 2001

This book was ALSO BANNED for being TOO SEXY, but NOT in FRANCE. This one ALSO talks about CLASS POLITICS and INDUSTRIALIZATION.


The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel By Milan Kundera Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780060932138
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

Sometimes the love of your life is not a man, but your dog. They love you for who you and just want to be by your side. They also are not compulsive cheaters :-)


What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) By Raymond Carver Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679723059
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Published: Vintage - June 18th, 1989

I mean, what more can you say? Other than that Carver is one of America's foremost storytellers and to miss out on him is to miss out on feelings you never knew you could have.


Call Me by Your Name: A Novel By André Aciman Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312426781
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Published: Picador - January 22nd, 2008

It's not JUST the peach scene guys. Reflexive Desire on full display here. You can imagine Timmy if you like.


Rebecca By Daphne du Maurier Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316575201
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 5th, 2023

There's a reason we keep reading this one. One could say we even...fell in love with the story. Sorry. It felt bad coming out.


Big Swiss: A Novel By Jen Beagin Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982153090
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Published: Scribner - August 1st, 2023

A story of projection, obsession, and strong Swiss women. A modern classic. Be entranced.


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My Heart Is a Chainsaw (The Indian Lake Trilogy #1) By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781982137649
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - March 29th, 2022

For those of us who watch horror movies on Valentine's day, because nothing says unconditional love like trying to save your shitty small town from a slasher. Stephen Graham Jones doesn't miss.


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Manhunt By Gretchen Felker-Martin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250794642
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Published: Tor Nightfire - February 22nd, 2022

when fka twigs sang, "Didn't I do it for you?", well our protagonists do indeed do it and they do it for survival and love.


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Crush (Yale Series of Younger Poets) By Richard Siken, Louise Glück (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Richard Siken, Louise Glück (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780300107890
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Published: Yale University Press - April 11th, 2005

Crying and clutching my chest and spitting and shaking right now. Please call back later.


Your Love Is Not Good By Johanna Hedva Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781913505660
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Published: And Other Stories - May 23rd, 2023

Alas! Betrayal! We must fight back with alacrity against the marginalization of voices in art! Queer love will save us all!


Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s-1950s By Hugh Nini, Neal Treadwell Cover Image
$65.00
ISBN: 9788874399284
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Published: 5 Continents Editions - October 14th, 2020

Men, in love, over the years. Heartwarming and heartbreaking in turns.


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Heartstopper #1: A Graphic Novel By Alice Oseman, Alice Oseman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alice Oseman, Alice Oseman (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338617436
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Published: Graphix - May 5th, 2020

A beautiful story about two boys finding each other. Great for teens and tweens and all fans of comics.


Complete Poems By John Keats Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781847497567
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Published: Alma Classics - July 2nd, 2019

“I am not a thing to be admired. You are, I love you; all I can bring you is a swooning admiration of your Beauty.”


Maurice: A Novel By E. M. Forster Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393310320
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 17th, 2005

Just a couple of guys being dudes - in love. History will say they are best friends.


The Agony of Eros (Untimely Meditations #1) By Byung-Chul Han, Alain Badiou (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Byung-Chul Han, Alain Badiou (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780262533379
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Published: The MIT Press - April 7th, 2017

Make sure to intellectualize your love!!!


Patricia Wants to Cuddle By Samantha Allen Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781638930518
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Published: Zando - May 30th, 2023

Queer Romance with a Monster. It's the book you've been BEGGING for, here, freely offered.


When Harry Met Sally. . . By Nora Ephron Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780679729037
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Published: Knopf - February 24th, 1990

The undisputed, heavyweight, rom-com champion of the world.


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The Shooting Script By Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Rob Feld Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781557046109
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Published: Newmarket Press - March 4th, 2004

You'll NEVER FORGET seeing and/or reading this. Haha, unless.....?


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Fair Play By Tove Jansson, Ali Smith (Introduction by), Thomas Teal (Translated by) Cover Image
By Tove Jansson, Ali Smith (Introduction by), Thomas Teal (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590173787
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Published: NYRB Classics - March 15th, 2011

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor - even if you're both in love and old and grumpy and it's really cute and everyone wants you to get together, PLEASE get together.


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Poemas de amor / Love Poems (Pitt Poetry Series) By Idea Vilariño, Jesse Lee Kercheval (Translated by) Cover Image
By Idea Vilariño, Jesse Lee Kercheval (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780822966258
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - October 6th, 2020

Instagram poetry before Instagram poetry. But better, For yearners all.


Kink: Stories By R.O. Kwon (Editor), Garth Greenwell (Editor) Cover Image
By R.O. Kwon (Editor), Garth Greenwell (Editor)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982110215
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 9th, 2021

This is for the freaks ;)


Eros the Bittersweet: An Essay (Princeton Classics #130) By Anne Carson Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780691247939
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Published: Princeton University Press - March 14th, 2023

Happy Anne Carson day to those who celebrate. (Every day is Anne Carson day if you have a heart in your chest)