Looking for a great gift to leave in your sweetie's locker on Valentine's Day? Or a treat to make the day less gloomy for your single pal? Skip the chocolate and flowers and head to the bookstore for two little books that capture the spirit of the holiday.
"How to Speak Fluent Lovey-Dovey in 11 Languages in 24 Hours" (Universe, $9.95) is a quirky guide to international affections (and could win you big points with your Spanish teacher!). Author and artist Karen Salmansohn teaches you how to flatter your honey -- or flirt with your crush -- with phrases like "torraozinho de acucar" ("my little sugar cube" in Portuguese) or "zuckerschnecke" ("sugar snail" in German). If you're unattached this Valentine's Day, try a few phrases on that cute exchange student.
For your best girlfriend, pick up "The Girls' Book of Love" (Little, Brown, $9.95), a collection of quotes, stories and advice that every girl can relate to. You'll love the little tidbits: Did you know a New York Times survey found 59 percent of people still think about their first teen love? Yikes!
Both books are available at bookstores or online booksellers.
XBecky Sher writes Hype for Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service. You can write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.