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Notable: Books of love for Valentine's Day

Published Feb. 5, 2013

Notable

Books of love

For Valentine's Day, three books with very different views of romance.

How to Create Chemistry With Anyone: 75 Ways to Spark It Fast ... and Make It Last (Da Capo) by Leil Lowndes takes a briskly can-do scientific approach to the neurological, chemical and evolutionary forces that lead us to fall in love.

The Joy of Sexus: Lust, Love & Longing in the Ancient World (Walker) by Vicki León is an eye-opening history of sexual topics across the centuries: porn and prostitution, marriage and birth control, aphrodisiacs and sexual identity, and some naughty stuff about Sophocles.

Swoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them (W.W. Norton) by Betsy Prioleau is a smart, entertaining look at enduring objects of women's desire, from Casanova and Lord Byron to Mick Jagger and Ashton Kutcher. Key trait: They really adore women.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

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