Foreign Affairs

In this month's column, tales of love in which cultures clash -- but a richer harmony is the result.

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When Love Crosses the Tracks

The barriers between rich and poor can put a chill on romance -- or urge it to leap overtop.

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Wild Kingdom!

Modern metamorphoses transform the script of Beauty and the Beast.

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Cinderella Stories

The allure of the classic rags-to-romance tale has proven a lot more durable than a glass slipper.

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High Octane Love

The roar of the engines can get your heart racing.

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Reading Romance: Practical Magic

Setting supernatural gifts to the tasks at hand. Read more...

Reading Romance: Loving a Barbarian

The erotic intrigue in social mismatch.

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Reading Romance: Romancing the Stubborn

Could the most alluring phrase in English be "You were right"? Read more...

Cupid & Psychics

If novels are any indication, the last thing we'd want to be able to do is read the future. Read more...

FAME!

Eloisa James asks: what happens when the star-crossed lovers also happen to be stars? Read more...

Romancing the Future

Eloisa James charts the stars of Futuristic Romance. Read more...

Some Like It Scots

Is it all about the kilt? Read more...

Lions and Tigers and...Heroes? Oh My!

Eloisa James on romantic fantasies with teeth -- and claws. Read more...

Kisses and Killers

This month, Eloisa James explores the unstable chemistry between crime and passion. Read more...

Men in Black (or Not)

The perennial appeal of the "anti-duke." Read more...

Out of the Broom Closet

Eloisa James on spellbinding new romances. Read more...

Growing Up Is Hard to Do

One of the novel's great themes -- coming of age as an adult -- is also one of the most powerful drivers of many tales of romance. Read more...

My Fairy Godmother, Myself

Eloisa James on the many updates of the Cinderella story. Does the slipper still fit? Read more...

Couples in Crisis with Mistletoe Dreams

Eloisa James on the cornucopia of Christmas-themed romances. Read more...

Bite Me, Biker Style

Eloisa James on the literary heirs of Romeo and Juliet -- and the complicated business of young love. Read more...

About the Columnist
Eloisa James is a New York Times–bestselling author of historical romances, as well as a memoirist (Paris in Love) and professor of English literature teaching Shakespeare at Fordham University. Her latest novel is Three Weeks with Lady X.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).