Happy Singles Awareness Day! For all of us singletons, this is a day to celebrate love in all its forms: between friends, between family, with our pets, and with ourselves. We here at Off the Shelf especially love books so we’ve decided to celebrate by sharing 9 of our favorites that share titles with this very important holiday.
Told over the course of one day, A SINGLE MAN follows a gay middle-aged man mourning the death of his partner. Can he find the will to continue his suddenly lonely life or will his grief overwhelm him? Starkly written, heartbreaking, and moving, Christopher Isherwood’s classic novel is a haunting exploration of love, life, and death.
Delicately wrenching, mourning and memory, the story of a spouse, newly alone, and the uncertain life now before him. - Scott O'Connor
The New York Times bestseller that started a conversation about modern womanhood, ALL THE SINGLE LADIES is an eye-opening and thought-provoking investigation into the American single woman. With more women eschewing marriage or waiting until they’re older to marry, Rebecca Traister explores the social, economic, and political reasons and effects this has on today’s America.
For your feminist friends
Rebecca Traister offers a comprehensive study of the power of independent women in America through the fascinating history of unmarried women and their lasting, radical effect on the nation.
Finding love in a big city is a familiar story, but you may not have read a story like this one. Elna Baker is a young Mormon woman searching for love and struggling to stay true to her faith in this hilarious and poignant memoir that will appeal to you no matter your faith or background.
Comedian and former Mormon Elna Baker writes about her attempt to find love in a city full of strangers and see if she can steer clear of temptation and just get by on God. This heartfelt and unabashedly funny debut is loaded with the same charm we adore in her Moth stories.
A pulse-pounding and whip-smart thriller, A SINGLE SPY follows a Russian orphan who is hired to work as a double agent in Nazi Germany. But what happens when he is chosen to infiltrate a conference between Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt? Filled with twists and turns, A SINGLE SPY demonstrates the horrifying consequences when the fate of the entire world is in one person’s hands.
Fan-favorite of The Bachelorette Andi Dorfman reveals her adventures (and misadventures) as a single woman in New York City. From bad dates to apartment mishaps, Dorfman doesn’t hide anything in this witty, charming, and relatable memoir that is perfect for fans of Candace Bushnell and Helen Fielding’s fun and sassy writing.
This adventure follows an American engineer as he inspects the wild Yangtze and discovers his surprising connection with the people who live along the unruly river. Evocative, richly imagined, and thought-provoking, A SINGLE PEBBLE is a classic novel that will completely move you.
A story of high stakes in the world of professional tennis, THE SINGLES GAME follows a good girl tennis player who agrees to work with a brutal coach. She is quickly in over her head between the intense practices and her newfound fame—but will she lose sight of her dreams? Witty and sizzling, this is a fun and frothy read.
Read with a Cosmo
THE SINGLES GAME is a dishy tell-all novel about Charlotte, a beautiful tennis prodigy who is suddenly thrust into a very glamorous world—one where copious cosmos are surely available. But as she starts to make headlines in her new life of celebrity stylists, private parties, mega-yachts, and secret dates with Hollywood royalty, Charlotte has to decide how much she is willing to change in order to reach her goals on the court.
Three women’s lives are drawn together by tragedy in this poignant, moving, and genuine beach read. Taking place in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, ALL THE SINGLE LADIES is an exploration of the power of women’s friendship and how the people we encounter can change our fates.
This charming, soul-touching novel takes us deep into the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, where three middle-aged women are bonded by a friend’s death. Poignant and witty, this emotionally resonant novel illuminates the sustaining power of friendship.
From one of the most beloved spiritual leaders in our world, THE UNIVERSE IN A SINGLE ATOM explores the various ways we may search for answers and how our different philosophies may not be that different after all. Combining the spiritual with the scientific, this is an eye-opening book for anyone who is interested in how these two trains of thought can converge.