Samara O'Shea

For the Love of Letters

“The lost art of letter writing gets a swift kick into modern times with Samara O’Shea’s engaging party-history, part-how-to-guide. This funny, entertaining, and purposeful book helps those in need of finding the right words to say I’m sorry; Forgive me; Get out of my life now; and Can we have sex soon?”—Jill A. Davis, author of Ask Again Later and Girls Poker Night

There’s more to this book than meets the eye. For the Love of Letters is less of a “how to” and more of a “here’s why.” Here’s why letters were once important, and here’s why they still are important—even in the age of all things digital. The pages are filled with moving, funny, and embarrassing stories about letters the author has written and received, including an apology from a guy who addressed her buy the wrong name, a good-riddance e-mail to a capricious boyfriend, and multiple apology letters after getting fired from an internship at O: The Oprah Magazine. The book also includes tips on how to write all types of notes: love letters, break-up letters, apology letters, thank you letters, erotic letters (oh yes!), and more. There is also a fascinating collection of engaging letters written by historical and literary icons such as Marie Antoinette, Beethoven, Edgar Allan Poe, Susan B. Anthony, and Emily Post.

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