Synopses & Reviews
Call it wisdom of the heart. Or the broken heart.
A knowing, funny gift for everyone who's ever been in love and then out of love: the newly single, the lonely-hearted, and even the happily re-paired. Dear Old Love is a collection of anonymous love notes to the ones who got away-or were left behind. They're the notes that ex-lovers have written to set the record straight. Or crooked. They're concise, witty, melancholy, revealing, sweet, sentimental, outrageous, withering, indignant, sometimes all at the same time. And like a pitch-perfect little poem, each entry paints a complete picture with just a handful of apt words: A current snapshot of you erased 25 years of fantasizing about what could have been. Or: I don't care that you miss my dog. When you cheated on me, you cheated on him, too. Or: I say 'I love you' to people all the time now, to make that time I said it to you mean less.
And for anyone wanting help to write their own love note, the book ends with clever fill-ins: I wonder if we'd still be together if I had just admitted I was a ____, instead of saying you had a ____ so big it blocked out the _____. Try it on someone you loved.
"I love this book. It's inspired and funny and poignant. I plan to buy a copy for all my exes. And for all the women I've ever stared at wistfully across a room (sorry about that, by the way)." AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically
"Every crazy, desperate, lovely thought about heartache you've ever had, only in much tidier bound-book form. A must read for any human who's felt anything ever."--Starlee Kine, contributor, This American Life
"A blast of nostalgia, regret, and missed chances that will land softly in the hands and heart of anyone who wishes they had just one more chance to say just one more thing."
--Larry Smith, founder, SMITH magazine, and co-editor, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure
Dear Old Love is a funny collection of anonymous notes to the ones who got away — or were left behind. Entries include gems such as "A current snapshot of you erased 25 years of fantasizing about what could have been".
About the Author
Andy Selsberg has written for The Onion, GQ, Oxford American, Salon.com, and other publications. He is also a adjunct lecturer of English at John Jay College, CUNY, and a former stand-up comedian. He lives in New York City and his website is www.dearoldlove.com.