'Eat, Pray, Love' and other romantic reads

Author Elizabeth Gilbert's visit to Wichita next week comes just days after Valentine's Day on Monday, appropriate since her books center on the topic of love.

While in Wichita, Gilbert will read from her book "Committed: A Love Story" at 7 p.m. Thursday at WSU's Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street North and Oliver. Tickets are $10 at Watermark Books, or free with the purchase of a copy of the book. Gilbert's "Eat, Pray, Love" is also a good choice for anyone looking for a romantic read. Here are three other recommendations in time for Valentine's Day:

1) " The Notebook," by Nicholas Sparks. A story about two teenagers, Allie and Noah, from opposite sides of the track who fall in love and meet again 14 years later as she is about to marry another man. Interwoven is a story about the 80-year-old Noah and the woman to whom he is devoted.

2) " Love in the Time of Cholera," by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. A love story that spans 50 years, from the time Florentino Ariza declares his love for Fermina Daza, through her marriage to another man until his death, and the fantastical courtship that follows as Ariza pursues his unrequited love.

3) " The Thorn Birds," by Colleen McCullough. An epic saga set over three generations of a family rooted in the Australian sheep country. At the story's heart is Meggie Cleary, who can never possess the man she loves, and the priest whose passion for Meggie will follow him all the days of his life.