100 Words for Lovers
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100 Words for Lovers
Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
128 pages
February 2009
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Roland had weakened her. With those lips of his brushing across hers, teasing her about all the lusciousness that could come, and with his hardened body rubbing hers, stirring her desire so powerfully, she had almost forgot her vow - her vow to seek a man who was the opposite of the ones who broke her motherís heart.

Frasier: Hello, Eileen, Iím listening.

Eileen: Dr. Crane, Iíve been very happily married for twenty years and I wouldnít dream of cheating, but lately when weíre making love I find myself fantasizing about peopleÖother than my husband.

Frasier: Well, thatís perfectly normal. Itís quite all right to spice up oneís love life by imagining a tryst with, oh, a sports figure or a movie star orÖ

Eileen: Or a radio psychiatrist?
These are just two of the quotes in 100 Words for Lovers, the first from a book, the second from a television show. Others come from letters and movies and plays. Old (1595), new (2007), serious, or playful, they illustrate all sides of love and the diverse feelings love can elicit.

Chosen by the editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries, each of the 100 words comes with a definition, a pronoun action key, a small word history, and one to three quotes. A preface and a guide to the entries at the front of the book, and a glossary at the back of the book, help give the reader an overview of the contents. The alphabetical listings and the guide words that appear on the bottom of the page facilitate navigation and quick retrieval.

The 100 Word series includes other titles such as 100 Words Almost Everyone Mispronounces and 100 Words to Make You Sound Smart. Unlike the typical dictionary, 100 Words for Lovers is narrow in design and light-weight. But like all dictionaries, the words inside help you communicate clearly, and that is always helpful - especially when it comes to relationships. For anyone interested in knowing how the words adore, desire, and enamor differ, or how to use the words torrid, languor or bliss properly in a sentence, 100 Words for Lovers has the answers.

Consider buying this book for a poet, an author, or a lover of words. Although the editors appeared to have overlooked song lyrics as a source for their quotes, 100 Words for Lovers will have you thinking about, remembering, and appreciating love.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Tanya Boudreau, 2009

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