Every week—although it sometimes lets me down or causes me to roll my eyes—I can't help but look forward to and read the Modern Love column in the New York Times' Sunday Style section.

I know I'm not the only one, as several Modern Love columns have led to book deals—one of which was announced today. Amy Sutherland's column, "What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage," became the book What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage: Lessons for People from Animals and Their Trainers.

Laura A. Munson's "Those Aren’t Fighting Words, Dear" inspired This Is Not The Story You Think It Is—declared in XTRA of May 3, 2010 to be written by one of "spring's best new voices."

Today I learned that Nicole Hardy's column from January of this year ("Single, Female, Mormon, Alone") will be expanded into a book, published by Hyperion Voice. The book is about "how she, single and still a virgin at 35, faced the agonizing decision of trading her traditions, her family's beliefs, and her spiritual foundation for a chance at love and intimacy."

I remember this essay well, particularly the bit where the author realizes that men in her church are raised to be "providers" . . . but she's already provided everything for herself.  It was an especially thoughtful column—one of the best of the year, so far—and I'm looking forward to the book.

Do you read Modern Love? Do you think these essays make good starting points for books? (By the way, the columns have been collected into a volume: Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion.)

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