Publisher: Potter Style

Short & Sweet – Other People’s Love Letters by Bill Shapiro

Posted December 23, 2011 by Bonnie in Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011, Short & Sweet Reviews / 0 Comments

Short & Sweet – Other People’s Love Letters by Bill ShapiroOther People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See by Bill Shapiro
Published by Potter Style on October 30th 2007
Pages: 192
Genres: Non-Fiction, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


Fevered notes scribbled on napkins after first dates. Titillating text messages. It's-not-you-it's-me relationship-enders. In Other People’s Love Letters, Bill Shapiro has searched America’s attics, closets, and cigar boxes and found actual letters–unflinchingly honest missives full of lust, provocation, guilt, and vulnerability–written only for a lover’s eyes. Modern love, of course, is not all bliss, and in these pages you’ll find the full range of a relationship, with its whispered promises as well as its heartache. But what at first appears to be a deliciously voyeuristic peek into other people’s most passionate moments, will ultimately reawaken your own desires and tenderness…because when you read these letters, you’ll find the heart you’re looking into is actually your own.

• "i think UR great. wanna have wine & Tequila again sometime?"

• "I can't believe you're real, and I think about you constantly in some way or the other all day. I haven't given the finger to anyone driving since I met you."

• "With you I learned how to fight cleaner, how to talk things out better, and how to make a strong loving family out of nothing. These are priceless gifts that I will carry with me the rest of my life. One more thing you did for me: you left, and I had to get through it."

• "P.S. I look forward to your letters too much to call. Also, where do you stand on chains?"

’You should know…that still my life is consumed by you.’

This was an interesting little book that I was not expecting to like as much as I did. The title of the book may be ‘Other People’s Love Letters’ but they aren’t all your standard love letters. These are rejection letters, text messages, telegrams, breakup letters, letters of apology, but there are also true love letters that honestly had me crying at times. I quite enjoyed how some of these letters even included a postscript with explanations on some of the letters, or of details on what transpired after the letters were written.

’And I shall love you until I draw my last breath, and beyond.’

This was a charming collection of letters although I would have made slight adjustments if it was up to me. I found that there were several that disrupted the flow of the book as a whole because they were written about occurrences that of course we had no knowledge of. I found those in particular to be confusing and disjointed and felt that if they were removed the book would have been better for it.