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After a breakup, some readers want to transport themselves to a completely different time and place. The Queenmaker revisits the tale of biblical King David, but tells the story through the eyes of his first wife.

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Pride and Prejudice

One reader facing a fresh breakup explains why she plans to pick up the classic, "I've read it so many times that I don't think it'll require much concentration to focus on the book."

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In the Meantime

"I read it after several breakups. It's a wonderful tool for self-evaluation and discovering your own personal relationship patterns," writes a TrèsSugar Facebook fan.

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It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken

"The smart girl's breakup buddy," written by the author of He's Just Not that Into You, along with his wife, promises to help you survive being dumped. At least one reader says it makes good on that.

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Straight Talk, No Chaser

One reader trusts the advice given by comedian Steve Harvey in his book that offers dating tips by decade — different advice for women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.

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Star Wars

"I read anything that's as absurd and far away from the real world as possible," writes another TrèsSugar reader. "The novel for Star Wars: Episode II, for example. No joke. It's kind of sweet, too, because the protagonists are still happily in love."

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The Alchemist

Need some inspiration after heartbreak? Follow Santiago, the shepherd boy at the heart of this modern classic, as he chases his dream of seeing the world and learns many lessons along the way.

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Something Borrowed

"It just is light and lifts your spirit. Also it gives a bit of hope for a true romance," is why one reader thinks this book makes good postbreakup reading.

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The Possibility of an Island

"When I'm sad I don't like idealization or beautification of love but the opposite." If that's what you want, check out the book that reader recommends: The Possibility of an Island.

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Eat, Pray, Love

In Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert confronts the end of her marriage by eating, praying, and, yes, loving her way across the world. If you can't do that after the end of your relationship, why not live vicariously?

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