There are so many great stories of love that celebrate the power of human connections … sweet, funny, sad, inspiring, exasperating and all flavors in between. Below, you’ll find a small sample of titles that explore these eternal connections that, once formed, have the power to change lives.
The best of these NPR Driveway Moments stories are all about love. NPR celebrates the emotional bonds between friends and lovers with an audio valentine that will please all year round. Overflowing with compelling stories, captivating voices, and people whose lives listeners will fall in love with, this heartfelt edition explores the surprising ways in which people find love, and the inspiring ways in which the most important relationships flourish.
StoryCorps founder Dave Isay draws from ten years of the oral history project’s archives, collecting conversations that celebrate the power of the human bond and capture the moment at which individuals become family. Between blood relations, friends, coworkers and neighbors, in the most trying circumstances and in the unlikeliest of places, enduring connections are formed and lives are forever changed.
Friendship takes on new meaning in this true story of Justin and Patrick, born less than two days apart in the same hospital. Best friends their whole lives, they grew up together, went to school together, and were best man in each other’s weddings. When Justin was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease that robbed him of the use of his arms and legs, Patrick was there, helping to feed and care for him in ways he’d never imagined. Determined to live life to the fullest, the friends refused to give into despair or let physical limitations control what was possible for Justin.
So when Justin heard about the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile trek through Spain, he wondered aloud to Patrick whether the two of them could ever do it. Patrick’s immediate response was: “I’ll push you.”
“I’ll Push You” is the real-life story of this incredible journey. A travel adventure full of love, humor, and spiritual truth, it exemplifies what every friendship is meant to be and shows what it means to never find yourself alone. You’ll discover how love and faith can push past all limits—and make us the best versions of ourselves.
A romance editor for Harlequin describes her book-inspired fantasies about love, her dream job in the romance business in spite of her lackluster dating life, and the reconnection with an old friend that helped her find the relationship she had been seeking.
Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathoner, encountered a stray dog while he was racing through the Gobi Desert in China and Mongolia. The dog kept pace with him for nearly 80 miles. Taking care of the dog gave Leonard a new perspective on life. He named the dog Gobi, and fought to bring her home with him with the help of strangers and a viral outpouring of assistance on the internet.
Pradyumna Kumar, known as PK, was born into a poor, untouchable family in a small village in eastern India. All his life he has kept a palm leaf bearing an astrologer’s prophecy: “You will marry a girl who is not from the village, not from the district, not even from our country; she will be musical, own a jungle and be born under the sign of the ox.” But not until PK attends art school in New Delhi do his stars begin to align. One evening, while drawing portraits in a park, he meets a young Swedish woman, Lotta von Schendin and this brief meeting will change the courses of their lives forever.
This is the remarkable true story of how a young Indian man armed with nothing more than a handful of paintbrushes and a secondhand Raleigh bicycle made his way across Asia and Europe in search of the woman he loves.
Presents a literary memoir of poems and essays that reflect on the author’s complicated feelings about his disadvantaged childhood on a Native American reservation with his siblings and alcoholic mother.
A heartfelt celebration of love by the Newbery Medal-winning author of Last Stop of Market Street and the best-selling illustrator of Of Thee I Sing depicts how people from all walks of life share a universal bond that supports and connects us in the face of fear and hardship.
A whimsical, irreverent story published for the Valentine’s Day season finds a googly-eyed misfit struggling to find a place among the adorable and fluffy residents of Cutesville, an effort that compels him to search high, low and middle-ish to find a friend who will accept him just the way he is.
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