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What Book Has Helped You Get Over a Breakup?


Spending quality time with Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda is a proven way to lift your spirits post breakup. But if you're not into Sex and the City, or already exhausted that option, consider a more high-brow option à la Renée Zellweger: reading a good book.

The actress, who just split with Bradley Cooper, ducked into a Manhattan bookstore yesterday to grab a copy of David Brooks's new book The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement. Looks like she's ready to take in the New York Times columnist's ideas on how our unconscious mind shapes the way we love and relate to other people, a timely topic when you're trying to explain what went wrong in a relationship, or prepare yourself for a new one.

When it comes to breakup books, you could try a familiar favorite like Pride and Prejudice, which will hopefully restore your faith in love. Or you might prefer a dry nonfiction title that's sure to distract you. Do you have any books to suggest from postbreakup experience?

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onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
This may sound odd, but I found the Princess de Cleves to be rather empowering when I read it after a terrible breakup. (spoiler?) The princess ends up choosing to enter a convent rather than going off with her lover, which is actually a very forward-thinking ending for a romance novel in the 1600s. At that point I was more into the fantasy of being strong and alone than falling back in love.
KateAthens KateAthens 6 years
The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq was kinda helpful. When i'm sad i don't like idealization or beautification of love but the opposite.
noonehere noonehere 6 years
I read Something Borrowed! Not the best book ever, but it just is light and lift your spirit. Also it gives a bit of hope for a true romance...
wintaburst1 wintaburst1 6 years
The Alchemist.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I follow this principle: http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_li0ofcJ4On1qf7nnxo1_400.gif So I read anything that's as absurd and far away from the real world as possible. 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.
lauraxtc lauraxtc 6 years
The QueenMaker.
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