With Valentine's Day coming right up, here are three new books about love among famous people and places.
And the Rest Is History: The Famous (and Infamous) First Meetings of the World's Most Passionate Couples (Perigee) by Marlene Wagman-Geller recounts the kickoffs of legendary romances: Jacob and Rachel, Gertrude and Alice, Scott and Zelda, John and Yoko and more.
Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love (Harper Perennial) by Andrew Shaffer proves that wisdom doesn't always win hearts — it's a who's who of brilliant minds who couldn't keep a girl (or guy), from St. Augustine to Sartre.
Heart of the City: Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York (Da Capo) by Ariel Sabar gathers the charming true stories of couples who found each other in the city's best-known spaces, told by an award-winning writer.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor