Books are the cure for almost anything that ails us. Need to escape the stress of everyday life? Pick up a romance book or a thriller. Need a good cry? Pick up a drama.
What if you have an ailment and unsure of the literary cure? Reach for The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin! The authors call this process bibliotherapy, the prescribing of fiction for life’s ailments.
It’s the WebMD for book lovers. Unlike WebMD or Dr. Google, you won’t have to worry you’ve got some incurable disease.
Alphabetized by illness (or mood), the apothecary is the perfect reference guide when you’re unsure what to read next.
For example, if you’re suffering from Failure to Seize the Day, you should pick up a copy of A Month in the Country by JL Carr or The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.
Got a Hangover? You’ll want to read The LIttle White Car by Danuta de Rhodes.
Reading Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is sure to heal a Broken Spirit.
If you have a book lover on your list and unsure what to get them, then put a copy of The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You under the tree! What book lover won’t love a book about books? The paperback version releases on December 30, but the hardcover is currently available.
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