One couple was beaming about a selection of theirs, which was enough to make most of us wary of choosing it. With some cajoling, though, Eric acquiesced and chose the proffered "green bag."
Inside was a note, revealing the theme: "The complete dating-to-death relationship book packet!"
Each book offered a written phrase to acknowledge why it belonged in the pack, which I will provide for you, along with the titles.
Read before 1st date - The Paranoid's Pocket Guide[one aside: the couple mentioned they discovered they had somehow acquired a second copy of this book, unbeknownst to them. In an obscure reference no one but Eric is likely to get, we believe that in Pratchett fashion, only one copy is needed to asexually reproduce on the shelves; to check our theory, analyze any garage sale or bookstore and you'll realize there's never just one of these on hand. Sure, there are over 12 million copies sold, but I'll bet there are at least triple that in private book collections if you wait long enough for them to morph a nearby book into a pregnancy guide. Truly an epidemic. As you try to sleep tonight with that in mind, I'll continue with the gift set.]
When you decide to be "just friends" - God's Little Instruction Book on Friendship
When the romance is lacking - The Act of Marriage: The Beauty of Sexual Love
When the romance hasn't been lacking - What to Expect When You're Expecting
When you want to convert your kids - The Two Kings: Jesus and ElvisSo decide for yourselves whether this gift was worthy of the knowing giggles this couple exchanged in anticipation of the unveiling. In a spirit of unity, we will grudgingly concede that it was clever.
For the "golden years" - Easy Crosswords
For funerals - Selections from the Book of Psalms