Listen up, girls.
Whether you're single or "involved" with Mr./Ms. Right -- or with a random Mr./Ms. Right Now -- the following titles are sure to put a little fizzle in your snizzle. Read on!
• How to Be Popular, by Jennifer McKnight-Trontz.
Get into the swim, cat! Some of these tips from the 1960s and '70s remain strangely current, and are sure to turn you into the hippest chick in town. Others are just sure to make you laugh. Popular suggests, for example, that becoming the life of the party is as easy as, well, stalking those you wish to emulate: "Take a good look at those who are popular. Ask yourself, 'Where do they go? What do they do?' Then: Try to be like them."
• The Princess Bride, by William Goldman.
Three words: "As You Wish."
• The Rules, by Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider.
As a rule, I am a rules-are-made-to-be-broken kind of girl, though I must admit that this controversial, best-selling book of dating "commandments" is worth a second look. My favorite rule is No. 30: "If love goes wrong, give yourself 2 days of self-loathing behavior and then Move On!"
• If the Buddha Dated, by Charlotte Kasl.
Consider this book as Zen and the Art of Dating. Drawing from Christian, Buddhist, Sufi and other spiritual traditions, this pseudo-sacred text offers a kind, organic alternative to other dating manuals. Learn how to be guided by spirit rather than ego on your search for lasting love. This book encourages you to become an ideal partner.
• Every Woman's Book of Luck, by Icon Books.
Originally published in the 1930s, Luck is the dating world's Anarchist Cookbook. Learn how to identify your perfect mate (or whether you should ditch the one you've got) through handwriting analysis, tea-leaf reading, numerology and more. This varied volume leaves no stone (or tea leaf) unturned.
• Still Life With Woodpecker, by Tom Robbins.
Who doesn't love a love story that takes place in a pack of Camel cigarettes? Throw in a few outlaws, tequila, a princess and some redheads, and you've got yourself one hell of a tasty tale. This fantastic work of fiction will have you howling at the moon.
Look for these titles at your local library or independent bookstore.