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Scissors and highlighters in hand, these fiction and non-fiction titles hone in on the peculiarities and hilarity of classified ads.

Bader, Sara
Strange Red Cow: And Other Curious Classified Ads from the Past
HF6125.B33 2005
Including reproductions of original ads, Bader began this collection of unusual personal ads while studying the 1776 Pennsylvania Gazette and reveals the evolution of the United States from a new perspective.
 
Cook, Claire
Must Love Dogs
A breezy, fast-paced narrative of one woman's stumble through the personal ads as her fierce Irish-Catholic family cheers her on.
 
DeBartolo, Tiffanie
God-Shaped Hole
A girl, told years earlier by a fortune-teller of her true love's demise, meets a boy via a personal ad, and the rest is pre-history.
 
Morton, Rochelle
My 1,000 Americans: A Year-Long Odyssey Through the Personals
HQ801.M785 2001
"English female, 30s, slim and attractive, seeks professional male for fun times" is the ad Morton placed in four U.S. city newspapers, launching her on 1,000 dates with cheating husbands, Anglophiles, bullies, lonely guys, nice guys, and fetishists. This is her immaculately detailed account of this study of American men-at least those who answer personals.
 
Semple, Andrea
The Ex-Factor
A British relationship-advice columnist soon finds out her boyfriend has been creeping and turns to her party-girl best friend to help her rediscover the joys of dating. Involved are personal ads, Ibiza, and lots of blushing on the part of the reader.
 
Edited and with an introduction by David Rose
"They Call Me Naughty Lola": Personal Ads from the London Review of Books
PN4839.T44 2006
Can't believe the postings on Craig's List Missed Connections? The London Review of Books classifieds one-ups them. "Most vegetarians complain about missing the taste of bacon. Not me, I complain about my liver disease. And rural postal services. Man, 40. Box no. 3143."
 

Updated:07/21/2009