14 Books About Love That Will Make You Melt, Cry, and Feel It All

"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world," James Baldwin aptly muses in The Price of the Ticket, "but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive."

It's funny how we often remind each other that, when it comes to romance, happy endings only exist in fairytales. The truth of the matter is that most books about love aren't happy at all. They show us seduction, passion, and romance, sure, but they also confront us with the ugly things that rise in the absence and wake of love: betrayal, loss, contempt, grief, and pretty much anything else that breaks hearts.

Indeed, most books about love are the manifestation of an artist's heartbreak and healing process. The goods one are like a hand-squeeze that says, Hey, I've stood where you're standing, yet here's this beautiful thing I turned it into so we can witness each other and find a connection. And because misery loves company, there's just something about reading these books in the carnage of a breakup or heartache that feels healing. Our hearts break for all sorts of reasons, and they heal in all sorts of ways, one being through art. The books about love and loss below are just some of the things that got me through tough moments. Learn about them below and then add the ones that speak to you to your own bookshelf.